• Mar 17th 2009 at 12:33PM
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Chevrolet's new Camaro is the last of the neo-ponycars to hit showrooms, and now it's finally possible for you to put your money where your mouth is after all those breathless "I'd buy one..." comments. Dreamers and real buyers alike can head to the new Camaro Configurator website and trick one out just right. The price of entry for a base-trim LS model is a mere $22,995, and it still looks fantastic – there's something about those black steelies with trim rings. A V6 that belts out more power than some of the storied V8s of yore while netting 29 highway miles per gallon is a persuasive argument for going base, though we couldn't help ourselves and wound up with a Cyber Gray 2SS costing $36,390 that would provide great amusement should it ever wind up in the Autoblog Garage. You can head on over and build your own dream Camaro, too, even if you're not actually going to buy. Thanks for the tip, Chris!



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Realistically, why would anyone need more than the 300+ hp V6. That's a whole lot of horsepower by any practical measure. Yes, the V8 is more cool, but really are you every going to need to go 0-60 faster than the 6.1 seconds the V6 can do it in? Heck, even at 6.1 seconds it pretty much guarantees you are driving like a jerk, any faster than that means you are driving like even more of a jerk.

      If you are racing, sure, then the V8. But on the street, when are you ever going to exceed the performance capabilities of the V6? Probably never. (Assuming you're not a jerk of course)

      It's a lot of extra dough (and more gas money) in order to impress your friends because you bought a V8, and to make it sound more macho. The V6 is a very impressive performance bargain.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Probably to be able to keep up with a 370Z at 4.7 seconds :P
        • 6 Years Ago
        Some people just won't buy a muscle car without a V8. I'm not one of those people. A V6 with more hp than a V8 mustang for 5k less? Sold!

        Well. . . sold after I find a dealer not marking them up. I'm compiling a list of dealers charging over msrp, and even after prices come down I won't be buying from them. Nor will I ever be recommending them to friends. Enjoy your $3000 premiums! It's gonna cost you my $24,000 sale!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just the sound alone gives the V8 its own appeal. Nothing wrong with the V6 but I'm just saying...
        • 6 Years Ago
        nightcrawler... you're a jerk.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well zamafir, you take your car to the track, so for you the V8 sounds like might well be justified. I'm not sure about the mountains part though. If the V6 can do, say, 120, the ability of the V8 to do 150 is pretty much a moot point. You won't be doing even 120 if you are driving remotely safely, particularly in the mountains. Surely the V8 offers a very high level of performance at a low price. But if you're just driving it around the streets, what difference does it make? You'll never going to approach even the performance levels of the V6, much less the V8, without risking getting so many points on your license you'll soon be taking the bus.

        As for the sound, I appreciate the V8 sound has it's appeal. But are you going to spend $5000 more for an engine noise? Maybe you are. People pay even more than that for the sound of a Harley. It doesn't really make any sense to me however.

        I'm by no means saying the V8 is bad. I'm saying the V6 appears to be so good there is little reason to pay more for the even better V8.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Nightcrawler: It depends on your disposition. I spend about 3 weekends a month up in the local mountains enjoying the roads early in the morning when no one is there and once a month out on the track. There are a few of us left out there that actually purchase cars for pure driving enjoyment. The point of including the m3 was not to insinuate green-light-drag-races but rather what a potent car GM has managed to pull out of their rears. Were I looking to purchase a car right now, this would be on an incredibly small short list, the sound of that V8, the price, the looks, and the ability to hit well above 120 when entering the oval off the infield at California speedway would be very appealing to me. My current ride manages the same highway fuel economy, cost the same, and while it’s composed as all hell on the track/canyon, I wouldn’t be complaining about the results of an extra 200hp and another 1.3 knocked off the sixty.

        So yes, the majority of people will buy the car because it’s a ridiculously fast (for the money or by any standards) car for 30k, but some of us would buy it for purely vain reasons, to enjoy the kind of acceleration typically only found in cars costing double the price (hence the mention of the naught to sixty matching, 60k when comfortably optioned, 420hp M3).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Realistically, why would anyone even need 300HP?

        People don't often buy they car they need, but the car they want.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Nightcrawler,
        For me its the sound of the V8. The 3.6L DI sounds like an Infiniti, and I certainly wouldn't want a "rice" sound coming out of my muscle car's pipes. I don't need 426hp but I want the LS3's soundtrack. I wish GM would offer a package with the 5.3L flex-fuel V8 (maybe tuned to 330hp) so I'd have my beefy sound, and also have the option of burning E85.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yup, the ability to hand a brand new M3 it's @$$ with a 30k american toss back to styling of yore might be one reason. Hell, I'd buy one if i was in the market for a car, at 30k you just can't pass up the price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That configurator is pretty buggy, in my opinion. Still, great car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've already seen a few Camaro's on the street already near Oshawa, they look great on the road!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't see the weight mentioned anywhere. Wonder why? ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        3780 lbs. according to Edmunds. Apparently that for the V6 model.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Cool! A Mustang GT is 3575 lbs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love this tool! I can't wait to get a Camaro!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Try this: 2LT, Red Jewel Tint, RS Package, Bonnet stripe in Cyber grey.

        HOT!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      haha, I went and got a quote from progressive online to see how much it would cost to insure a camero under me. I'm a 20 year old male college student. $250 a month for typical coverage. Yikes!
        • 6 Years Ago
        lol, typed too fast to even notice the mistake.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Now that you have checked on insurance for a "Camero", go back and see how much it would be for a Camaro.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am really feeling like this might be the one to get me to buy American again. I have always loved the look of the 69 and earlier Camaros. A 69 Z/28 was my dream car when I was a kid (along with a Hemi Cuda, but there is just something about the new Challenger that isn't getting me wound up).

      The V6 would be fine. I sit in traffic most of the time anyways. Cyber gray with the RS package and no stripes.

      I am 43, and I drive a BMW 3 series right now, and it seems a bit .....juvenile? to want this car, but I deserve a midlife crisis dammit!
        • 6 Years Ago
        dude i'm totally with you. i drive a B6 S4 cab, was looking forward to see what audi has for the B9 S-cars with all that supposed weight reduction and new forced induction and stuff, but this camaro just might make me (stupidly) preempt my new auto purchase and switch from a $55k+ luxury german car to a $35k+ pony car... THAT's how much pull it has...

        although i have to say, if they end up selling one like the evil black concept i saw at the LA auto show last year... then it's a done deal for me. that's it, game over.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @taipei
        I just had a few beers with friends after dinner. Now I'm thinking V8 with maybe an aftermarket exhaust. Some Golden Earing "Radar Love" on the Boston Acoustics stereo. A red light with some kid in a pimped out Mustang in the other lane. I could be 17 years old again for a few seconds (and then go promptly to jail).

        The price isn't so bad that I couldn't hide it in a shed behind my house and save it for Friday nights, and drive something else the rest of my time.
      sqela
      • 6 Years Ago
      glad to see autoblog is a fellow firefox user with Ad block plus user. These ads on autoblog get annoying
      • 6 Years Ago
      Have you guys seen the Transformer's promo of all the GM vehicles?

      http://www.chevrolet.com/allnewcamaro/?evar10=DIVISIONAL_HOMEPAGE_LEFTPROMO1_ALL_NEW_CAMARO#camaro=videos

      Looks pretty good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this is a better car than the Genesis.
        • 6 Years Ago
        With the 2.0t, Hyundai should dump the 5 speed auto for the 7 speed auto.
        and the V6 should get Hyundai's own 8 speed auto.
        That would make a nice upgrade for the 2012 model year. (maybe/hopefully earlier)
        Direct injection-across the board for 2012?

        The Camaro does have a better weight distribution, but it also is heftier by 5-10%

        The base dual beam headlights on the Camaro are junk, so opt for the HID bi-projectors (right now GM makes you get the RS package)
        GM doesn't offer the 'limited slip' in an automatic V6. or optionally shorter axle ratio (to compensate for the rear 275/40 20's on the V6 ?!?)
        All these sport coupes have fatal flaws for practical usage, the appeal to emotion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Finally. It feels like it has been out for 3 years already. I can't wait to see one on the road.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The concept car is barely 3 years old. Sounds about right to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you want to get an SS1 package you sure are not able to upgrade much. Hell if you get the LT2 package you are allowed more options. You cant get Leather, USB connectivity, or counsel gauge pod with out jumping up a few grand to the SS2. Seems GM dropped the ball on that. But what do I know maybe more people will buy the SS2 now.
        • 6 Years Ago
        loving this car but it's absolutely ridiculous that leather is not available in the 1SS. GM is really weird about offering leather interior. when I was pricing a Traverse I was looking at vehicles over $35k that still had fabric and GM fabric is not good fabric.
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