• Dec 11, 2007
Spy photogs finally caught two Camaro-bodied mules undergoing testing in the Land Down Under and it's obvious that development of Chevy's 2009 hotness is well underway.
The camo unfortunately obscures the front clip and back end, but the B-pillar is present and accounted for and the rake of the roof plummeting down into the rear window remains true to the concept. The vinyl on the rear end is covering a rather subtle spoiler that extends a few inches over the taillights, while the front seems to have a slightly less pointed grilled compared to the concept shown in Detroit.

We're sure more shots are forthcoming and according to the crew that snapped the pics, the Camaros were hanging around with a couple of Mustangs. So if it wasn't obvious enough, we know what the Camaro is gunning for when it goes on sale in 2009.

[Source: Straightline]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I am a bit worried .. that roof look terrific .. but like the Crossfire, it looks like the headroom is in short supply.

      Did Bob Lutz fit in that? He says he did, so lets hope so.
      • 7 Years Ago
      very nice, I can't wait to see the production version
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'd imagine they'll release it in the US first, it might see Australia, but they get enough toys, time we get one that they don't, haha
      • 7 Years Ago
      so many good cars in the works...
        • 7 Years Ago
        I hate the look of the new Camaro. I think some of the artistic renderings looked more like the original. I can't stand the headlights. bleh!

        It should have looked like the one at the top on this page: http://www.arkansascamaro.com/2007camaro.html
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't see any B-pillar "clearly", just black tape on the window. And look at those wheel wells, they look promising for some serious rubber.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why is it that all this development work is being done in Aussieland? I see that this is only one of a string of such things. Does this mean the Detroit megalopix is either underproducing, or, is going extinct as have many of the production facilities?
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's not hot in Nevada right now. Right now, in Las Vegas, it's dropping to 50 degrees and below.

        Soon as word got out that they were testing here in Nevada, people would be all over it. Hell, they can't even keep Area 51 a secret because of the sci-fi geeks. It's hot in Australia, it's remote there too, more remote than here. GM and Holden work together, so there's a place to store it as well under the supervision of their own employees. Snowy roads isn't good for testing a sports car, not at first at least. They'll test it here, just give it time. What else do we have?
        • 7 Years Ago
        it's based off of a Holden chassis I believe, so it's being tested by the Holden division
        • 7 Years Ago
        I knew that Nissy. So was the new, now dead, GTO. I want to know why it seems to be the development Mecca though.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The reason Australia is used for a good portion of vehicle testing is because there are very extreme conditions there for hot weather testing, and much of the country is extremely back-country, so there aren't a lot of prying eyes like there are in Detroit.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Gee Joe, that makes no sense. If this was a priority what is wrong with Nevada? Hot, cold, remote. Plus, it's not 12000 miles away!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't see anything
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Why is it that all this development work is being done in Aussieland?"

      Because the Aussies have been building RWD cars non stop for many decades. in North America they kinda switched over to FWD.. yeah theres Sigman (CTS, STS, SRX) but that's a premium platform. Cost too much for Camaro.

      "Maybe it'll even only initially be available in a big gas guzzling V8 that adds 5k to the (most likely options inflated) purchase price and only gets 15 mpg in real driving! Wouldn't that be swell."

      This isnt Chrysler, and this isnt the Challenger.. GM will introduce the car with one or two v6s and a v8, the top V8 will likely appear later.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hard to believe, but the roofline on the PRODUCTION mule looks lower than the concept's!
      • 7 Years Ago
      To Me, The Car Stands A Little Too Tall. Hopefully The Production Version Will Be Lowered A Bit. And What The Hell Are Those Pieces Of Plastic Placed On The Rear Of The Car From The Roof To The Rear Deck? Hope That Is Just Some Useless Camo.
      Ben K.
      • 7 Years Ago
      GM's Zeta profitability is in doubt considering the weak value of the dollar. Exporting the Camaro and other models from Canada is going to put the squeeze on the Zeta's profits. The Pontiac G8 exported from Australia also suffers from the same fate., lack of profitability. The UAW contract makes it cheaper to build these cars in the U.S. Especially considering GM has the opportunity to replace reduced manpower at idled plants at half price. Production in the states would provide car meets for enthusiasts and plant tours like the Corvette Bowling Green plant in Kentucky. All the more reason to realign some production in the states. With gas prices going up, GM needs every perk to offer dedicated car enthusiasts. Boomers will support Heritage cars if they have the opportunity to gather in a central location for annual events. GM misses this chance to bond with fanatics by importing these cars form Canada and Australia. Harley has used this opportunity to their advantage in Sturgis, S.D. every year. Thousands gather for recreation annually. Bottom line the Zeta imports to the U.S. are costing GM.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't wait for this thing!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The camoflage flying buttresses on the rear window seem to be just that.Not a bad design feature though, if they did survive in this age of windtunnel honed designs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      GM already stated it will NOT be a hardtop like the concept car. Not strong enough so it will be a posted coupe.

      So those wondering about the "tape" at the pillar....its not just tape, its a post.

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