• Jan 4, 2008
click to enlarge and view the Camaro prototype in various colors

While we were grateful that Bob Lutz ordered the removal of camouflage from all of the Camaro prototypes running around in view of the public, the teaser image that GM provided was a bit too eency weency for our tastes. TheGMSource, however, found a larger version, or artfully blew up the small one, that shows a lot more detail. We can see the faux vents ahead of the rear wheels, as well as the surfacing of the Camaro's rear with its faux diffuser (at least we think it's faux). Whoa, this thing's got a lot of faux parts, but don't expect it to be a poser on arrival. Chevy is no doubt infusing the Camaro with enough mechanical fortitude to hang with the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger from day one.

TheGMSource also followed up with questions for Scott Settlemire, a member of the Camaro team at Chevy. His words are not unexpected when he says that the Camaro is about 65% production ready, and what you see in spy photos, even the one supplied by GM, does not mean you're looking at the car that will end up on dealer lots. His reference to the Camaro prototype's horrible headlamps is hilarious, and he was careful to point out that the interior shot does not necessarily show the final dash design, either.

Oh, and just for fun, we played with the larger pic in Photoshop and changed the prototype's boring white into all the various official colors that we expect will be offered on the production model. We're not very good at Photoshop, so if any pros want to try, let us know the results by emailing them to abresearch at gmail dot com.

UPDATE:
Thanks to CamaroZ28.com forum member Rampant, there are now some colorized Camaro images in the gallery that are actually good!

[Source: TheGMSource]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Seeing the [factory] sunroof and an XM antenna with the modern/retro shape of the car seem completely incongruent. Not that I'm looking for bias-ply tires or anything but it just looks odd.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If it is just another GM POS, What is the difference?

      Boutique Cars will not save the industry.
        • 7 Years Ago
        POS? Really? And you know this how? Have you actually driven one of these?

        It's quite funny really, you GM-bashers just can't stand that GM has been on a roll lately. You're denial is quite amusing.

        So, you're saying that the new CTS, Malibu, Enclave, G8, etc. etc. are all POS's? Maybe they aren't all #1 in their class, but they're all pretty close, and definetly far from POS status.

        BTW, this car wasn't meant to "save the industry", though it will definetly increase showroom traffic, and probably help them sell more Malibus. Now the Malibu, THAT is their savior, a great car, one of the best in it's class. But, I suppose you think that one's a POS aswell.

        Dang, sorry guys, I fed the troll, didn't I?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I always loved the Camaro, and this one is one of the nicest from Chevrolet. I have read that the base price will be around $20 000 for the V6 version, not bad.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As I posted yesterday the interior will look much richer when the production model is unveiled. I'm still glad Scott cleared that up officially though.

      This car will be just as impressive as the Enclave, CTS and other recent GM releases if not more so.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's growing on me. I still want a Challenger the most but if Dodge messes that up somehow (like not selling a model for under 40k) I'll definitely be looking at these. And MAYBE the restyled mustang if it actually looks different.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My posts don't seem to work! :(
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll take a bright red convertible, with a 5.3, 6 speed auto (sorry too much time in LA traffic), and black SS stripes.

      As for the interior. With my limited experience with prototype car interiors. Every single one I have had the chance to sit in has had ugly placeholders such as the shiny black plastic you see in the Camaro. If I had to guess I would guess that we will see something much closer to the concept with some changes due to cost, safety, and long term durability.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thanks for the blow up. I still like the exterior a lot. First Cam I have liked since the 1973's. Interior will be the big question for me. Like i said, I thought the concept interior was sweet and doable. The Mules interior was pretty horrid. Preproduction or not, the general design details were off from the concepts dash.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The mule's interior was definitely horrid in use of materials and fit and finish, but I agree that the general design cues are right out of the concept. Obviously, they've been made realistic, but I was most concerned they'd ditch on the rectangular gauges down by the shifter. As flashy as the concept's interior was for the auto shows, I wouldn't want an interior covered in that much chrome and aluminum and shine. That and it almost seemed to glow orange. In the end, anything's an improvement over the 90s hard-plastic treatment from the last Camaros we saw from GM.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've been a Honda guy from the time I bought my first car, but if GM keeps up this winning streak, I think my next car might be one of theirs, if not the Camaro.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Everyone has been saying that for months, so I actually went and looked at a new Malibu. Leap years ahead of the old GM cars, but the interior is still total crap compared to the new Accord, hell even the last gen Accord.

        Too bad the exterior of the new Accords is ugly as hell...
        • 7 Years Ago
        I bought a new CTS and it only has one problem, my Wife always takes it! You will love this car or the Malibu if you get one, they are not like their old stuff.....
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Jason - My wife said exactly the opposite about the interiors. She thought the Accord interior is awful and the Malibu she liked. Her main complain with the Accord was the strange placement of some buttons. She found that the Malibu has a much better layout of all controls. She also found that the old Accord was better than the new one, but this is only because she is driving Honda's for the last 6 years.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cool Dodge Challenger.
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