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Click above for high-res gallery of the Camaro prototype in more colors

It's true. The production Chevy Camaro will debut at Indy, but not at the Indy 500 race in a couple of weeks. Rather, General Motors has informed various Camaro fanboy circles that production Camaros will be in attendance at the Indy '08, Back at the Brickyard event from September 19-21. The Back at the Brickyard is an event attended by thousands of Camaro and Firebird fans, so it's appropriate that the production Camaro be welcomed into the world by friends. On hand will be a number of different Camaro models sporting the full engine lineup and, of course, all the different colors. Everyone thought GM would wait until the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to debut its new rear-wheel-drive coupe bearing the iconic Camaro name, but we're hardly disappointed the car will be unveiled more than three months earlier. We may just have to make a special trip to Indianapolis for this one.

Before you plan your trip to the Brickyard, we feel compelled to note that GM has not issued a formal press release confirming all of this, so it's possible some forum members are pulling everyone's leg right now. Thanks for the tip, Tommy!

UPDATE: We've contacted GM to inquire about the validity of this story, and they tell us that the production Camaro will not debut at this event. It will actually debut BEFORE then at a place TBD. Hmmm... what event takes place before September that would be an appropriate place to debut an iconic muscle car? If you'd all like to meet us at the Coney Island restaurant on Woodward Ave. the Thursday before the Dream Cruise, we'll buy you a coney.

  • Original Camaro prototype

[Source: LS1Tech]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, I am a Ford Mustang man all the way, and I am waiting until the new Mustang comes in 2009/2010 to trade in my 2005 Mustang.

      However, this car has caught my attention, in particular because Chevy actually made this Camaro good looking, not like the ugly ass 4th generation (1993-2002) camaros that were hideous to look at.

      But I tell you what....... I know GM may put a 260 horse 4-banger in the camaro borrowed from the solstice GXP, and there is talk that a 300 horse DI V6 may find its way in there, which I still think is hard to believe because it will steal away too many sales from the V8 powered, but if the V6 convertible come in at a reasonable price - compared to the Mustang and Challenger V6 convertibles, then I will take a closer look at it when it comes to the showrooms.......
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hate the look of this car. Alot of the new concept cars all across the manufacturers are just weird looking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great landing, wrong airport!
      • 7 Years Ago
      the whole car looks like its shaped like the new deer park water bottle
      • 7 Years Ago
      muscle car years is dead, gas are $4 a gallon
        • 7 Years Ago
        Expensive gas doesn't seem to stop Australians buying V8's or Europeans buying Ferraris (which get worse MPG than the Camaro).
        • 7 Years Ago
        How about we switch "is" around with "are"
      • 7 Years Ago
      Gas Guzzler?
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ Ken:

        "Rumor has it the (relatively) economical turbo four from the Solstice/Sky will be available... the mullet crowd won't like it but I sure would consider if they manage to keep weight down. An independenly- suspended rear-wheel drive American car with a revvy turbo 4... I hear the weather forecast for hell calls for snow."

        The turbo-4 from the Solstice is a terrible motor for fuel-efficiency, as it gets only 21 mpg on premium gas.

        The Chevy Camaro will get a respectable 20 mpg out of a 3.6 liter V-6 or a decent 22 mpg out of an Impala-sourced 3.9 V-6. Both get better mileage for the money and better power than the turbo-4.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw the "pre-production concept" at the Denver auto show. It had the worst panel fitment of any car there, the fog lights were round lights in a cut-out square hole, and to top it off: hubcaps featuring fake brake discs & calipers. It was just incredible, and I really hope its not a reflection of the build quality of the production vehicle.

      How about a new podcast, Mr. Neff?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Pretty sure that even the pics above don't show any of the things you complain about.

        A car show concept car has far more in common with a home made model kit than a real car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As you can tell, I'm a camaro fan. I already know I want a V8- but now I dunno if I want an RS or Z28.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There are 4 Coney island's on Woodward. Which one?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah...which one?

        or we could just cruise back and forth to each one and eat coney's all day...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Pictures of the production headlights and interior, I think we've seen everything else.
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