• Feb 21, 2009
Click above for two hi-res shots of the base Camaro

For all the stuff we're able to get our hands on, sometimes you just can't beat reader-submitted content. Today's contribution comes from faithful Autoblog aficionado, Jay P., who happened to check out the Dallas Auto Show this week. What he found over in the GM display area is interesting: a bona-fide base Camaro LS. We knew that 18-inch wheels were standard equipment, but until now, we hadn't seen what they looked like. And dig this: they're steelies! Black with silver Bowtie caps and beauty rings, they happen to look pretty friggin' good, too. If GM's smart, it'll offer these as separate accessory items. Camaro drivers in cold-weather states might have just found the perfect wheel for their performance winter rubber. The Dallas Auto Show runs through tomorrow, so if any of you guys happen to attend, feel free to send some more shots of this base car our way. Just ping us via the tips link at the top of the page. Thanks for the shots, Jay P!

UPDATE:
Thanks also to Brad Capp for sending in the silver car shown at Portland last month.
UPDATE 2: Thanks to Adam Barrera, who forwarded us his interview with GM's Scott Settlemire for Camaro5.com. The steelies are one of the topics covered. It's embedded after the jump.
UPDATE 3: More pics added courtesy of readers Martin and Bojan. Thanks, guys.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      "MEH"......

      I sat in it, spent 5 minutes looking at the Camaros. In a statement: I like it, it's a nice car and styled well, but of the three pony cars, this one would be my third choice.

      I am not "superultrahyperexcitedohmygawd it's the best car ever" like some (mostly hard core GM) people.

      BTW - The secondary gauges in the dash are tiny, and the door panel plastic is as hard as anything I have seen in a car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the car, but the rims are fugly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah the rims and the tires are ugly
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea, I'm so over black rims with a shiny metal lip. It seems like every 2nd set of rims I see look like that now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. I'm not into black wheels... let alone ugly steel version.
        • 5 Years Ago
        People, a very large percentage of folks that buy the base model of this car, will change the wheels anyway. These will end up on a storage shelf in people's garages until they're ready to sell the car.


        Matt, I'm so over round wheels and black tires. What would you prefer Sir? Some bitch-ass Subaru wheels? There is nothing wrong with these wheels on a RETRO tribute car.

        Picasso, why do I get the impression that you have a problem with this car period, and nothing they do would please you. Hum that Prince song "When Doves Cry" and you'll response to your comment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the steel wheels used here are the same ones used for Trailblazer full-sized spares? Can anyone confirm?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now all it needs are "Disc Brakes" center caps.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought i'd share, detail shots of the base camaro's "paddle" shifters. Turns out they're just buttons in disguise, lol. Taken at Dallas Auto Show.

      http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg209/DragonflyMR2/Dallas%20Auto%20Show%202009/DSC03383.jpg
      • 5 Years Ago
      So these will be included in the 9C1 package, right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That has to be one of the hottest coupes I've ever seen. WOW.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i do like the rims better with a black camaro than w/ red


      • 5 Years Ago
      A car's wheels are like a man's pair of shoes: you could have a man wear a nice classic suit, but when he puts on an old [looking] pair of shows, it spoils the whole look. You can even go as far as saying that a nice pair of shoes can make almost any man look better.

      The new Camaro looks good (even in person), but when you put those wheels on, you spoil the overall look.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now they just need to do them in gold. As a matter of fact, I want a rendition of the spoked wheels on the old GNXs and GTAs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the steelies look great. They’re just fun, not all serious and "i have the latest magtanuim bla bla bla."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those do look good. Assuming the trim rings don't fly off at the first corner, those would be fantastic rims for the 4-5 months a car would be shod with winter tires.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Saw these in Houston a few weeks back. They're one piece, no trim rings just paint.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i like a lot. i'd also like to see those black wheels with dog dish hubcaps and without the bright trim-rings, too. this is a great looking coupe. the plainness accentuates the radical proportions of the new Camaro. i'll take one in matte gray. i wonder if GM would ever do an overall matte finish?
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