• Jul 21, 2008
Click above for new high-res gallery of the 2010 Chevy Camaro

You've waited long enough, so let's dispense with the pleasantries and get right down to the hard facts.
  • Three models - LS, LT, SS
  • LS and LT come with 3.6L direct-inject V6 (300 hp/273 lb-ft)
  • SS six-speed manual comes with 6.2L LS3 V8 (422 hp/408 lb-ft)
  • SS six-speed automatic comes with new 6.2L L99 V8 (400 hp/395 ft-lb) and Active Fuel Management
  • 3.6L DI V6 gets 26 mpg highway
  • 6.2L V8 with automatic gets 23 mpg highway
  • RS appearance package available on LT and SS (includes HID headlamps with integrated halo rings, spoiler, specific taillamps and 20-inch wheels)
  • Front and rear independent suspension
  • FE2 suspension for LS and LT, sportier FE3 for SS
  • Four-wheel disc ABS standard, SS gets four-piston Brembo calipers
  • SS model gets adjustable Competitive/Sport mode for stability control and Launch Control on manual models
  • Available 18-,19- and 20-inch wheels
You can read Chevy's full press release after the jump and browse the official, full-size image collection in the gallery below. Stay tuned for our post of live coverage from our team on the ground.



PRESS RELEASE

Chevrolet Unveils The 2010 Camaro - A Fun, Efficient Sports Car For The 21st Century
  • All-new, world-class sports car
  • Fuel-efficient, 3.6L direct-injected V-6 delivers an estimated 26 mpg on the highway
  • Range of fuel-saving, six-speed transmissions standard on all models and powertrains
  • Powerful SS models equipped with LS3 V-8 (manual transmission) and L99 with Active Fuel Management (automatic transmission)
  • Advanced vehicle technology, including Bluetooth connectivity and available HID headlamps with integrated halo rings
  • Designed, engineered and built with GM's global development process
DETROIT –Chevrolet introduced the production 2010 Camaro today. It is a heritage-inspired sports car for the 21 st century, combining great looks and performance; advanced technology and surprising efficiency – including 26-mpg estimated highway fuel economy. Sales begin in the first quarter of 2009.

Built on GM's new, global rear-wheel-drive architecture, the Camaro is offered in V-6-powered LS and LT models, as well as the V-8-powered SS. All models and powertrain combinations include fuel-saving six-speed transmissions.

"Camaro delivers all of the things that make Chevrolet such a revered, global brand," said Ed Peper, GM North America vice president, Chevrolet. "It competes with the world's best sports cars and does so with styling, fuel economy and value our competitors simply can't match."

Advanced powertrain technologies, including engines with direct injection and Active Fuel Management, enable a satisfying balance of exhilarating performance and good fuel economy.

"The new Chevrolet Camaro delivers a thoroughly modern, advanced package of performance, comfort and technology," said Peper. "It's a sports car for a new generation of enthusiasts that doesn't forget the heritage that helped make the original a cultural icon . That is no small feat and it took a worldwide commitment to achieve it."

Indeed, the 2010 Camaro exemplifies GM's global development process. The design concept originated in the United States; engineering was directed by GM's global rear-wheel-drive team in Australia; validation was conducted on roads around the world and assembly will take place at GM's award-winning Oshawa facility in Canada.

Product highlights include:
  • Sleek styling with contemporary cues and 10 available exterior colors
  • LS and LT models offered with an advanced, 3.6L direct-injected V-6 engine with variable valve timing and a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions
  • SS model offered with 6.2L V-8 – including fuel-saving Active Fuel Management on automatic-equipped combinations – and a six-speed manual transmission
  • Four-wheel independent suspension system, including a 4.5-link rear suspension
  • Variable-rate power steering with the rack mounted forward of the front axle for greater driver feel
  • Four-wheel disc brake systems standard on all models, including four-piston Brembo calipers on SS models
  • Stabilitrak stability control system and traction control standard on all models
  • Competitive/Sport modes for the stability system offered on SS models, including launch control on SS models equipped with the six-speed manual transmission
  • Family of 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels
  • Detailed interior with heritage-inspired design, excellent attention to detail and available ambient lighting via LED light pipe technology
  • Robust body structure and exceptional build quality
  • Six standard air bags, including head curtain side-impact air bags and front seat-mounted thorax side air bags
  • RS appearance package available on LT and SS, including HID headlamps with integrated halo rings, spoiler, specific taillamps and 20-inch wheels
The new Camaro also has technologies that enhance performance, comfort and convenience, including:
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Premium Boston Acoustics audio system
  • USB connectivity
  • Ultrasonic rear parking assist (late introduction)
  • Remote vehicle starting system
  • OnStar
  • XM Satellite Radio
Additionally, details such as frameless door windows with automatic indexing glass contribute to the overall feeling of quality, substance and technical prowess.

Design details

With a design that is very faithful to the original concept, the 2010 Camaro is a 21 st century sports car that acknowledges its heritage. A long front dash-to-axle and short rear deck give the Camaro classic proportions, while a sleek windshield profile, wheels pushed to the corners and muscular fender forms are modern elements that reinforce its advanced engineering – and give the car a decidedly aggressive stance.

Elements such as a forward-V shape at the front of the car and "gills" in the rear quarter panels are distinctly Camaro cues, as are the broad rear fender "shoulders." Those elements make the new Camaro instantly recognizable, but their execution is smoothly integrated into the contemporary exterior form. A family of large, 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels also contributes to the Camaro's modern appearance.

"The new Camaro is just that – new," said Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design. "We acknowledge the nameplate's strong heritage in the design, but recognize that keeping this modern sports car relevant meant more than simply honoring a classic car. The line forms, stance and overall execution are consistent with other new Chevrolets."

A well-executed balance of heritage, modern design and attention to detail also characterizes the Camaro's interior. A pair of deeply recessed instrument binnacles that feature round gauges in square housings is a nod to classic Camaros, while an available ambient light package offers advanced LED light pipe technology to give the cabin a distinctive and inviting glow. Cloth upholstery is standard; heated leather-appointed seats are available.

Details such as large, chrome-trimmed controls, low-gloss surfaces and premium fabric or acrylic appliqués convey a richness that is unprecedented in previous Camaro models – and challenge its contemporary competitors. More great detail is evidenced in the available center-console gauge cluster, which takes its cue from a similar option on 1969 Camaros. It displays oil temperature, oil pressure, state-of-battery and transmission fluid temperature, all highlighted with modern LED backlighting.

Powertrains

An advanced, efficient 3.6L direct-injected V-6 with variable valve timing is standard on LS and LT models. Direct injection technology helps the engine deliver more power through increased efficiency, while maintaining fuel economy and lowering emissions. That means less fuel is consumed and lower emissions generated – including a 25-percent drop in cold-start hydrocarbon emissions.

The Camaro's 3.6L engine also employs variable valve timing to optimize performance and fuel economy across the rpm range. It is rated at an estimated 300 horsepower (224 kW) and 273 lb.-ft. of torque (370 Nm). A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the 3.6L engine; a Hydra-Matic 6L50 electronically controlled six-speed automatic, with TAPshift control, is available.

The high-performance Camaro SS is equipped with a powerful 6.2L V-8, with a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Standard, manual transmission-equipped models receive the LS3 engine, estimated at 422 horsepower (315 kW) and 408 lb.-ft. of torque (553 Nm). The LS3 debuted on the 2008 Corvette and uses high-flow cylinder heads based on the Corvette Z06's LS7 engine to enable great low-end torque and high-rpm power. It is paired with a TR6060 six-speed transmission.

A new, L99 V-8 engine is used on automatic transmission-equipped SS models. It is based on the LS3 and carries all of its high-performance design features, but also includes GM's fuel-saving Active Fuel Management feature. It enables the engine to run on only four cylinders during light-load driving conditions, such as highway cruising, to improve fuel economy. The V-8 is estimated at 400 horsepower (299 kW) and 395 lb.-ft. of torque (535 Nm); and it is matched with a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed transmission. This combination delivers an estimated 23 mpg on the highway.

Body structure and chassis

The 2010 Camaro is built on GM's global rear-wheel-drive architecture, with a strong body structure that enhances safety, quietness and handling. World-class build quality and attention to detail are enabled by features including one-piece body side stampings and very precise tolerances between body panels.

Front and rear independent suspensions are mounted to the rigid chassis, including a multi-link strut arrangement in the front with a direct-acting stabilizer bar and a double ball-joint configuration; and a unique, 4.5-link rear suspension that is double-isolated from the chassis for smoother, quieter driving experience.

Camaro offers two suspensions. LS and LT models receive an FE2 (sport) suspension, while the SS receives the FE3 (performance) suspension, including a lower ride height. Each is tuned to match the performance capabilities of their respective powertrains, as are their wheel-and-tire combinations.

A variable-rate rack-and-pinion power steering system mounts the rack forward of the front axle, for more direct action, an enhanced feeling of driver feedback and better weight balance.

Brakes and chassis control

Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS are standard on all models. LS and LT models receive single-piston calipers all around, with mass-reducing aluminum rear calipers. SS models have larger rotors that are acted upon by four-piston, aluminum Brembo calipers at all four corners. They are designed to stand up to the severe use encountered on road-race tracks, delivering excellent feedback and pedal feel, as well as fade-resistant performance during racing.

GM's StabilTrak electronic stability control system is standard and incorporates traction control. The system on SS models includes Competitive/Sport mode that is adjustable for performance driving, such as on a racetrack; it also includes a Launch Control feature on SS models with the manual transmission. It enables quicker, more consistent takeoffs during performance driving.

Safety

Designed to protect occupants before, during and after a crash, the Camaro offers a comprehensive system of safety features – starting with a robust body structure and integral safety cage around the passenger compartment. High-strength steel and ultra high-strength steel are used in key areas throughout the structure.

Safety technologies integrated in the Camaro include:

Driver and front-passenger dual-stage air bags
Driver and front-passenger seat-mounted thorax side-impact air bags
Head curtain side-impact air bags for front and rear seat occupants
Front seat safety belt load limiters and pre-tensioners
The front passenger protection system senses children and small-stature adults and suppresses air bag deployment when appropriate.

Standard OnStar service assists after a crash. With OnStar's Advanced Crash Response System, the vehicle automatically sends a signal to OnStar for assistance, even if the air bags don't deploy.

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Models:

Chevrolet Camaro LS, LT and SS

Body style / driveline:

four-passenger, front-engine, rear-drive coupe

Construction:

unitized body frame, one- and two-sided galvanized steel

EPA vehicle class:

coupe

Manufacturing location:

Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Oshawa Car Assembly Plant -- The plant assembles the Chevrolet Camaro and Impala and Buick Allure. TheOshawa Car Assembly Plant has placed among the leaders in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey for the premium and mid-size segment for a number of years.

Key competitors:

Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, Nissan 350Z

Engines

3.6L V-6 DI VVT (LLT)

6.2L V-8 (LS3, L99)

Application:

LS, LT

SS

Type:

3.6L V-6

6.2L V-8

Displacement (cu in / cc):

217 / 3564

376 / 6162

Bore & stroke (in / mm):

3.70 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6

4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92

Block material:

cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners

cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners

Cylinder head material:

aluminum

aluminum

Valvetrain:

dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing

valve-in-head; two valves per cylinder; roller lifters; Active Fuel Management (L99)

Ignition system:

electronic individual coil-on-plug; individual cylinder knock control and extended-life platinum-tipped spark plugs

high-energy distributorless ignition; solid state direct-fire ignition w/ coil near plug and integrated ignition

Fuel delivery:

direct high-pressure fuel injection

returnless, multi-port fuel injection

Compression ratio:

11.3:1

10.7:1

Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):

300 / 224 @ 6400 rpm*

422 / 315 @ 5000 (LS3)*
400 / 299 @ 5000 (L99)*

Torque
(lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

273 / 370 @ 5200 rpm*

408 / 553 @ 4500 (LS3)*
395 / 535 @ 4500 (L99)*

Recommended fuel:

regular unleaded

premium recommended

Maximum engine speed (rpm):

7000

6000 (L99)
6600 (LS3)

Emissions controls:

evaporative system, single close-coupled catalytic converter, equal-length exhaust, single underfloor catalytic converter, positive crankcase ventilation, intake and exhaust cam phasers, electronic throttle control

evaporative system, close-coupled catalytic converters, positive crankcase ventilation, electronic throttle control

Fuel economy (auto trans):

26 hwy (est)

23 hwy (est)

Transmissions

Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic (LS, LT) w/ TAPshift

Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic (SS) w/ TAPshift

Aisin Warner AY6 six-speed manual (LS, LT)

TR6060 six-speed manual (SS)

Gear ratios (:1):

First:

4.07

4.03

4.48

3.01

Second:

2.37

2.36

2.58

2.07

Third:

1.55

1.53

1.63

1.43

Fourth:

1.16

1.15

1.19

1.00

Fifth:

0.85

0.85

1.00

0.84

Sixth:

0.67

0.67

0.75

0.57

Reverse:

3.06

3.06

3.67

3.28

Final drive ratio:

3.27

3.27

3.27

3.45

Chassis/Suspension

Front:

double-ball-joint, multi-link strut; direct-acting stabilizer bar; progressive-rate coil springs; fully adjustable camber, caster and toe

Rear:

4.5-link independent; progressive-rate coil springs over shocks; stabilizer bar; fully adjustable camber and toe

Steering type:

variable-ratio rack-and-pinion

Steering ratio:

16.1:1

Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:

2.5

Turning circle, curb-to-curb
(ft / m):

37.7/11.5

Brakes

Type:

four-wheel disc w/ ABS; ventilated front and rear rotors; single-piston front calipers and single-piston alloy rear calipers (LS, LT); four-piston fixed Brembo aluminum front and rear calipers (SS)

Rotor diameter, front (in / mm):

LS, LT: 12.64 / 321
SS: 14 / 355

Rotor diameter, rear (in / mm):

LS, LT: 12.4 / 315
SS: 14.4 / 365

Rotor thickness, front (in / mm):

LS, LT: 1.18 / 30
SS: 1.26 / 32

Rotor thickness, rear (in / mm):

LS, LT: 0.9 / 23
SS: 1.1 / 28

Wheels/Tires

LS

LT

SS

Wheel size and type:

18 x 7.5-inch steel

18 x 7.5-inch aluminum
19 x 8-inch aluminum

20 x 8-inch aluminum (front)
20 x 9-inch aluminum (rear)

Tires:

P245/55R18 all-season

P245/55R18 all-season
P245/50R19 all-season

P245/45ZR20 summer (front)
P275/40ZR20 summer (rear)

Dimensions
Exterior

Wheelbase (in / mm):

112.3 / 2852

Overall length (in / mm):

190.4 / 4836

Overall width (in / mm):

75.5 / 1918

Overall height (in / mm):

54.2 / 1377

Track, front (in / mm):

63.7 / 1618

Track, rear (in / mm):

64.1 / 1628 (LS, LT)

63.7 / 1618 (SS)

Curb weight (lb / kg):

3750 / 1705 – LT w/ automatic
3741 / 1700 – LT w/ manual
3769 / 1713 – LS w/ automatic
3780 / 1718 – LS w/ manual
3913 / 1779 – SS w/ automatic
3860 / 1755 – SS w/ manual

Weight balance (% front / rear):

52 / 48

Interior

Seating capacity (front / rear):

2 / 2

Headroom (in / mm):

front: 37.4 / 950
rear: 35.3 / 897

Legroom (in / mm):

front: 42.4 / 1077
rear: 29.9 / 757

Shoulder room (in / mm):

front: 56.9 / 1444
rear: 42.5 / 1080

Capacities

Cargo volume (cu ft / L):

11.3 / 320

Fuel tank (gal / L):

19 / 71.9

Engine oil (qt / L):

3.6L: 7.6 / 7.2
6.2L: 8.9 / 8.5

*Pending SAE certification.
Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I love all the commentary about the car being overweight when its barely heavier than other two door cars. The S5 is about 3900lbs, the G37 is about 3700lbs, the 6 series is about 3800lbs, the challenger is between 3700-4100lbs and the M3 is about 3600lbs. Furthermore the people complaining about fuel economy need to check the figures on some other sporty cars. The 335i is good for 26 on the hwy. The G37 only manages 24 while the WRX Sti manages a pathetic 23. The Lancer Ralliart only has 237hp and gets 17/25. Yes some of these cars have AWD but the point is they represent "affordable" performance cars and cant even match the V6 camaro in highway mileage.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Let's see.

      A large car with a one-piece structure engineered and reinforced to be rigid and pass all safety mandates for 2008, plus a fully independent suspension and all the airbags people expect today that is made out of steel to keep the price down.

      What did everyone expect?

      These types of cars are made to keep the price low. If you want to pay near Corvette money then the car would get it's own unique chassis and lightweight body made out of titanium, magnesium and aluminum. But then why not just buy a Corvette if you're spending that much?

      This is a big car, compared to other big cars it's weight is in line with today's standards.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "What did everyone expect?"

        A heavy pig of a car, with a retro interior, misplaced gauges that you can't read quickly, poor fuel economy, and a small back seat.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Who said it has to be big? I wish I could find that old pic showing the concept car next to the '69 Camaro the designers had in the studio. The '69 would fit inside the new one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm impressed. A '97 Z28 had 290 hp, so 300 hp for the LT/LS V6 is pretty cool.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you convert the "average fuel economy" from picture of the gauges, it comes out to 33.6 mpg. That seems pretty optimistic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they can pull 23/26 MPG from 300/400 HP engines, how much improvement can they expect by dialing them back 100 HP?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Killing horsepower would do nothing for efficiency, because efficiency and power are the same thing.

        You could put a limiter on throttle and RPMs, which is basically what you are saying. That would make it so you are forced to use the car more efficiently. However, its not like you can't enforce throttle and RPM limits on your own, so its really no different from simply driving more economically.

        They could have put a smaller displacement motor in, like GM's 2.0L turbo that makes 260 hp, but I think the crowd that buys Camaros likes the idea of a big motor. And anyway, both of the chosen motors are critically acclaimed marvels.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have a Honda Accord with 150 hp and it only gets 2-3 mpg better than the V6 with twice the horsepower. I'd gladly give up 2-3 mpg for double the power...
        • 6 Years Ago
        i am very surprised by that V6 MPG number, i wouldn't be shocked it it is better in real world situations.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The DI V6 is great, but that is probably overkill for the boulevard cruiser buyers like nearly all women. They should bring out a V6 entry-level with something like 240-250HP. Wonder what pricing will be.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't kid yourself - that's 26 hwy. That means it probably gets around 18 city. If you average 21 combined you're probably doing well. While that's not awful, it's no gas miser.
      • 6 Years Ago
      what i wonder is the price tag on that 300hp V6?!! i cant imagine it being any less then 25-26,000$...
      • 6 Years Ago
      i wish that ..by buying this car ..i would be supporting the American economy ..and not Canada ....so much for an American Revolution....
      • 6 Years Ago
      3913 / 1779 – SS w/ automatic
      3860 / 1755 – SS w/ manual

      FAIL

      I understand that a V8 isn't light, but come on. Just shy of 2 tons?
      • 6 Years Ago
      i live in the detroit area and I'm surprised I havent seen one yet. has anybody seen one?
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow, this thing is heavier than my g37. heck, its heavier than an S5!
        • 6 Years Ago
        sorry, but based on the spec sheets of all 3 cars, the G37 has the same legroom and same hip-room of the LT. the G37 has MORE rear shoulder room of the LT.

        also, the S5 is lighter than the SS. everything else is true, but then again the cost can be justified.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, LT is heavier than G37, but an adult might be able to sit on the back seat of a Camaro.

        S5 is heavier than SS, weaker at the flywheel, much weaker at the wheels, cost twice as much and consume a lot more.

        Not really adequate comparisons.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't kid yourself guys, the car is late to market :)

      I like it, it is a very sharp looking car.

      Deffinently a better choice then the barge of a car they call the Challenger :).

      P.S. I'm tired of all the whinny kids moaning about the Mustang variations on the market. If you think the Camaro is any different, your kidding yourself. Just because you can't afford one doesn't mean you have to bash it :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      From a practical perspective, a 300 hp V6 is all almost anyone is really going to need. Having 422 hp is just to be able to say you have 422 hp.

      But no one buys these cars for practical reasons. And besides, when V6 4 door family sedans now have 260+ hp, they had to go higher than that number with their base model to keep from being laughed at.

      They look very nice, and the numbers are good. I think they'll probably be the biggest player in this segment, but I just don't know how much room fro growth there is in this segment. For most car buyers these days, 30 mpg highway is the minimum threshold you need to reach to be considered.
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