• Jan 14, 2009

Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS

It seems like eons since Chevy initially unveiled the Camaro concept in Detroit. Since then, we've seen so many camouflaged test mules and pre-production cars that we were starting to worry the design would feel too familiar before the Camaro hit dealerships. In reality, three years is a relatively short time for car to go from concept to reality, and from the reactions we saw on the show floor, the Camaro has nothing to worry about. Despite the focus on green cars, the Camaro was still one of the most popular vehicles at the Chevrolet display and we had to wait our turn to get a look inside. We are big fans of the overall design and love the retro look, but were somewhat disappointed with the overall feel and quality of materials used inside -- the 2010 Mustang easily trumps the Camaro in terms of interior quality. Still, the true test will come when we can fire up the LS3 V8 and take advantage of the 400 horsepower and six-speed transmission.



Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      the interior materials are a little disappointing, but for a car like this they had to cut costs somewhere
        • 6 Years Ago
        i sat in this car at the show last night and i have to say,the interior was very impressive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm with hike, obv on par with mustang but I don't get why even a cheap rabbit has better interior/dash etc. Outside looks great, Inside's average... How about an exclusive explanation from GM as to why it has the most ridiculous trunk in production? It might seem minor but it's a little odd that something so simple would be so hard to work into such a angular slabby boxy design.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Trust me. The Interior materials feel top notch.
        • 6 Years Ago
        But that's just me. It's definitely better than the Challenger. That's for sure.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Was at the show yesterday, it does feel a whole lot better in person, sitting in it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Enough about the heavyweight muscle cars already. It was more of a problem in the smogged-down 70's with 180 HP 350 CI engines. Now we have clean, more efficient, more HP/CI, so weight isn't near the issue that it was, beside the cars ride great with that bulk. Blame the government safety standards for the obese muscle car. The rollover standards killed the roll-down quarter-glass on the new Challenger. I am really angry about that. The GTO had to die because it couldn't meet upcoming crash standards. Standards and requirements?!?!? That's the main reason guys build their own cars and also why the government is doing it's best to round up and crush all old cars. Hang on to those old cars! (well, 2-door ones)

      The Camaro's styling is overdone. Looks like a happy meal toy.... oh wait, it was a transformer toy already.
      The last GTO was bland and underpowered.... at first. GM added some plastic and displacement, but it was too little, too late.
      Now, the new Camaro's bizarre looks make it appear as if GM has overcompensated for their sin of ruining the GTO.
      Why don't they give up and hire Foose or someone who knows what car guys want?
      Look at the cars hot rodders are building... '57 Chevy-bodied Corvettes... Camaros with Vette suspensions, street rods with Camaro front clips under them. Early Challengers with 6.1L Hemis or V-10's. Late Mustangs with early Stang bodies.
      Enthusiasts would rather have something classic looking with modern, safe running gear and power.
      The new Camaro doesn't look like an instant classic.
      We like it because we have been staring at it for 3 years. We are used to it.
      We will settle for it because we are RWD, horsepower junkies.
      Thank you Chevrolet, I think.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So according to the stats this is going to be rubbish.

      It rides on the old Holden-developed platform that's been used in about a bazillion cars, including the latest Pontiac G8. Additionally the LS2 engine has been around the block as well. But, WOOOOOOW, independent suspension, you guys :D

      I'm not sold on this. I'm sick of auto-manufacturers re-using junk from their parts bin and gluing new bodies on top. I understand that it cuts costs, but for the love of God, you financial situation should tell you it's not working, GM :p
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why is GM going Bankrupt? It is because they can't get this car out. Ford got the new old school Mustang out years ago. Want a new old school Charger, sure just visit the dealer. Want the new Camaro, dream on !!! You can see them in the movies or on PC. But can you get one ? Maybe in 2007 I ment 2008 no 2009 or 2010. Hopefully we don't run out of gas by the time GM gets the Camaro Out !!!
      Do you hear about the new 4.5 GM diesel that gets 30 mpg or the Volt ? They should be out any day now. Maybe I can buy one for my Great Grand Kids if I am still around when they come out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GM should make the Camaro into a GT-R fighter. From a distance the cars have somewhat similar lines (touring car as opposed to pure sports car design with functioning back seat and trunk)

      I am sure they can get 500hp out of an engine that would fit into this with some tweaking to the suspension and brakes you could have a sub-$60,000 challenge for Nissan.

        • 6 Years Ago
        The Camaro is a Mustang /Challenger Fighter. Always was. Always will be.

        GT-R fighter moniker belongs to the Corvette.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope GM keeps a close eye on this blog. I think GM is starting to get just about everything right except for interior material selection. Still too much hard cheap feeling plastic in places where its too noticeable. Except for maybe in Cadillacs. And I understand they need to find a way to cut costs to be competitive but how is it the other car companies can do it? Even Ford (which I think is learning from their Mazda branch) is learning how to put quality materials in their interiors. I don't think they are so bad that its a deal breaker or takes that much away from the value of a vehicle like this. But it is something that makes you walk away from GM cars going hmmmm....so close from being undisputed King's of the Hill. With today's market you can't give customers anything to knock on as not up to snuff.


      I love the new Camaro I must admit. Its too bad I have a Solstice GXP I have to pay off for a few more years before I can get another new car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      First of all there is an aux port in the center console as well as a USB port.

      The mail-slot aka hood scoop is non functional and can not be made functional because of the brackets behind it. Even if it was functional it wouldnt provide enough air for the motor even at high speeds the motor is running at high rpm and sucking more air then what will fit through that slot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think they kind of went all over the map with this car. Heavy plastics, chrome, polished chrome, polished plastic, entirely too much going on and thats just the outside. I think they dropped the ball with this design and I definitely won't be going out of my way to see one of these up close and personal.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey guys just wondering if the camaro is gonna get a nav system (I can't really see how from the pictures).
      • 6 Years Ago
      The price difference between a new SS (base) vs gt500 is approx. $13k. If someone goes to a ford dealership, and lets the salesman bend him over. Then you might get a gt500 for sticker. But mid 40k's for a gt500, The corvette base is 49k, and I think thats why people are quick to say the vette will beat the gt500. Their prices are closer together than SS vs gt500. But hear in the real world everybody knows you will be paying Z06 type money for a gt500. A $13k price difference, you really think that GM couldn't get the SS hp in the 500 range on that much money.
      • 6 Years Ago
      LOL....You can really tell the GM fanboys from anyone else, can't you? Nothing GM does is ever wrong!! Well, someone I know well is about to pre-order a new SS. MSRP is over 38 GRAND!!!! Sorry, but uh....no effin' way man....
      A loaded up GT might hit 32-33k, which is a little more than a 'negligible amount'. Adding the fact that you can have your local Ford dealer bolt on a blower and still keep your factory warranty, giving your Mustang about the same amount of power as the SS Camaro ( with less weight ) means the Mustang has little to worry about. Ford is supposed to release a 400 hp V8 next year, and its virtually a given that they can use the corporate 3.5 with it's 263 ( tune it to 275 ) hp will be enough to take on the heavier Camaro. Since I haven't sat in either new model yet I can see by the very detailed pics that the Mustang's interior is much, much better than the Camaros, and having spent a lot of time in recent GM vehicles and Fords alike I can say if tradition holds, the Mustang will come out on top again. I used to have an '05 GT and it was a very capable car with a solid interior that never squeaked or rattled, the seats ( red leather ) held up incredibly well and the interior was rather unique looking. I know people will be running their mouths about the power thing for some time to come, but what will they do when the new motors from Ford come out? And why do you GM people always forget the GT500 when comparing the 'top models'? It's still a Mustang guys, even though it has Corvette-like power. Right now, Ford makes the most powerful muscle car, and nothing from GM or Dodge look to be challenging that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Fail. MSRP for an 1SS is 31k. 2SS is 33k.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "my camaro:
        Camaro 2ss (422 HP, 408 Tq), 6 speed, black, RS package, Infernor orange interior trim, midnight silver rims, inferno orange SS leather, orange hockey stripes, hurst short throw shifter, ground effects package.

        price: 38,615"

        Really?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It shouldn't take much to make that non-functional hood scoop functional. too much plastic in the engine bay though, show me the V-8!
        • 6 Years Ago
        300mph at least. When air is compressed via an airplane or other vehicles motion. All the hood scoops are good for is cool air in the engine. Ram air is a myth.
        • 6 Years Ago
        true dat.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It doesn't take a large scoop to take advantage of the ram air effect at higher speeds. What's to stop you from making the slot a little larger anyway? Rip out that stock air box, let it breath a little better and utilize that slot

        Still, probably not a HUGE bump but "functional hood scoop" sounds better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The mail slot (hood scoop) is a tiny little slot. how much air can possibly fit into it even if it is functional? It won't make a huge performance difference. I can give you that.
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