• Apr 7, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of Chevy Camaro spy shots from Germany

We've been seeing Camaro prototypes everywhere since Bob Lutz declared that they will be tested out in public without any camouflage to cover their flanks. Camaro prototypes now hold as much of our interest as spy shots of the next Aveo (not really, but hyperbolic statements like that help make the point). But here we have a new batch of spy shots from a place where the Camaro has yet to set rubber to road: Germany. There's only one reason for a U.S.-spec car to be in Germany, and that's to undergo testing at the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife. GM has made the 'Ring a second home for many of its performance vehicles, and the Camaro will benefit from being thrashed on one of the world's most famous tracks while spy photographers watch with their lenses focused and stop watches in hand. This particular Camaro arrived wearing new shoes, as well. The car is sporting a set of conspicuously bright red Brembo calipers, which perhaps suggests that these stoppers will be an option on the car or standard equipment on the Camaro SS.


[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not a fan of the changes to the headlights and taillights. I think the single projector was a much cleaner look and the amber taillights ruin the edgy look.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The car obviously has Aus plates on where it is mandated that the car have amber and red tail lights. US law doesnt say that we have to have amber so we get plain red in the rear end. The headlights are not there to stay. They are mearly a stop gap so that the car will be road legal. Literally just your basic projector put into place.

        Im sorry if you think the car will not weigh 4k pounds but it will be close. I personally think it will be pushing the 3900 mark. Considering it will have a nice size engine, a huge amount of standard crap, IRS and crumple zones it starts to add weight. Hell even though the Challenger is 4 inches shorter then the Charger its still within 100lbs of its sedan sister.

        If you dont like the look of the car, dont buy it. There are plenty of coupes on the road now. The styling wont appeal to everybody but it will appeal to the masses.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car just looks right.
      • 6 Years Ago
      TriSheild:

      Thanks for breaking that down! I can't wait to see them on the road.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And I though Aztek was ugly ...
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Camaro will not weigh 4000 lbs. The engineers are working to cut as much weight as possible. I'd expect it to weigh in the 3700 lb. range, depending on the model.

      The SS will not be the top model. The Z/28 will be. I wouldn't be surprised if this car is Z/28-spec, or if perhaps Brembo brakes will be offered as an option on the SS.

      GM is working hard to ensure the Camaro outperforms its competition in all areas - acceleration, braking, and handling. Not only that, the Camaro will have more standard features. Ford and Dodge are in for a fight, and GM is bringing a howitzer.
        • 6 Years Ago
        well,do you think they could make it atleast look good,this thing looks like silvester stallone in drag ,and actually smiling.F@#kin ugly
      • 6 Years Ago
      did anyone else notice that this Camaro has a rolecage? is that common for suspension development for a road car?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now All: Close your eyes, imagine this body style Cobalt sized built on the Solstice/Sun GXP platform with the 300 hp 2.0 liter DI Turbo.

      GM would have to build these on both sides of the Atlantic.

      That could be the birth of a new legend.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're describing what's basically a budget 1-Series. I think GM wanted to do this, but it would be very hard to get North Americans to pay premium money for a small car, especially one badged as a Pontiac or Chevy. The platform would cost more, but would sell for little more than the Cobalt SS (which, by the way, it would get worse mileage and have far less interior space than), requiring GM to eat serious margin dollars. There's a reason why the 1-Series costs what it does.

        The other reason for going with Zeta is (was?) that the architecture can be leveraged across other products (new Impala, G8, future Buicks). There's no chance they'd be able to realize economies of scale on a stretched Kappa.

        I agree, such a car would rock, though. I'd rather see a future HHR, but the general idea is a good one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GM is preparing a Camaro model that will go head-to-head against the Mustang GT500.

      It will wear the SS or ZL1 moniker and be packing the same supercharged V8 powertrain found in the CTS-V, itself a variant of the Corvette ZR1's powertrain.

      The curb weight of the Camaro is going to come in from 3,600-3,900 lbs depending on the model and options.

      It's less than a year away and it's going to be a spectacular car. GM is really putting lots of effort into fine tuning every part of it and pulling out all the stops.
        • 6 Years Ago
        a new ZL1, now THAT would be a good name for a tire destroying camaro.

        but i do think it should be downsized, a pony car it is not at the weights we expect.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whatever. It wont sell that much before 2010, in which it will be discontinued, again!! Same goes for the challenger.

      Face it people, the muscle car era is over; plus the mustang will overtake the other two anyway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is good news - shows that GM is looking to make the Camaro a true driver's car (in a modern sense) and not just old-school muscle. I wonder what kind of suspension they will be using on the SS.

      Definitely nice now that, in recent years, American manufacturers have decided their cars should be able to turn!
        • 6 Years Ago
        my thoughts exactly, i'm excited
        • 6 Years Ago
        Paul34, IIRC, other Zeta cars have a strut front and multilink rear (the previous Monaro/GTO had rear trailing arms). The Camaro should have the same.

        The Nurburgring testing does speak well of GM's efforts, but in previous models with lots of 'Ring hype (i.e. CTS) it hasn't translated into class-leading primary control feel. A grippy, balanced chassis is good; one that really communicates and connects with the driver is better.

        Not the priority in a 3700 lb muscle car, I know, but a few extra competitive advantages never hurt anyone.
        • 6 Years Ago
        PJ, is it really 3700 lbs? I heard it was closer to 4000 but I could be wrong.

        And indeed, you're right about not necessarily translating to world-class performance. We'll see though - between this, the ZR1, and the upcoming CTS-V, GM will have to prove whether it has truly stepped up its game. I am looking forward to the tests!
        • 6 Years Ago
        if you add an American it will be 4000 pounds
      Paul
      • 6 Years Ago
      heres a list of features that the camaro might have according to a survey http://3.8mustang.com/forum/showthread.php?t=220810
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if there is a chance in hell that there will be a 6 speed turbo 4 version with 300 hp. If the weight of that were 3600 lbs it would be a serious bargain at any price up to about 30 grand. I'm not interested in the v8. I drive too much and dont want to be that vulnerable to gas prices.
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