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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's a sign of the times that most buyers of the new Camaro would go for the V6 and not the V8. At $31,595, the eight-cylinder SS model naturally sells for more than the $23,530 base V6 model. To compound the issue the V6 model costs the auto giant nearly as much to build as the V8 version.

So why would GM want buyers to go for the V6? The smaller engine would help the General keep its Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rate on the good side of earth-friendly. But according to Edmunds, customers have been voting with their feet. Their right feet, as it would happen, heavy as they are.

Of more than 47,000 Camaros sold from April through October, Edmunds estimates that about two-thirds have been V8 SS models – a trend we can get on board with.



[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's not a good sign that most of the Camaros are V8s. That means the car is being bought mainly by enthusiasts, not by regular drivers. What happens when the enthusiast demand has been satisfied? Look at the Smart car: once everyone who wanted one had one, sales dropped off a cliff.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Everyone knew the car was going to have a short life. It's a miracle it even survived the bankruptcy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        doug i'd think you'd have a point if camaros were readily available, but they aren't. it's the enthusiasts who have been on waiting lists to get one. it's the enthusiasts who are willing to pay the "market adjustment" fee over MSRP. It could be quite a different story once camaros are more available at or below MSRP, but that remains to be seen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They cost about the same to build, and people continue to buy the V8 at a 7-8 grand premium, despite the fact that they have greater supply, older technology, and cost more to own. Proof that the free market does work. Also 'Merkans are rubes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm already tired of seeing them on the road. The newness wore off for me in 2006.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd go for the six if I were in the market for a mulletmobile... I'd rather have the Mustang though, especially if we're talking Ecoboost...
        • 5 Years Ago
        How flippin cool would an Ecoboost I-4 SVO resurrection be...
        • 5 Years Ago
        This good news for the Camaro will be short lived as the 2011 Mustang is just a few months away with the new 315HP 3.5 V6 and 400HP 5.0 V8 and other upgrades that will spell the end to the Camaro...

        EcoBoost in either 260HP 2.0 I4 or the 400HP 3.5 V6 may be a surprise... stay tuned :-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I also think the Camaro has always appealed more to the enthusiast then it's main competitor (Mustang).

      Mustang is normally a milder more conservitive car from the factory and seems to carry a broader appeal (enthusists, women, baby boomers, etc..). This is why it traditionally had sold more cars then the Camaro, but most Mustangs sold are V6s.

      Camaro just tended to be more like a 4 seater Corvette where as the Mustang was more suited for the daily driver.

      P.S. I have no clue where the Challenger sits...Maybe with the masochists :lol:
      • 5 Years Ago
      Avis bought a few thousand as well, both V6 and V8 models. I wonder how many of the 47k sold went to rental car companies? Check it out at avis.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Most Chevy Camaros reportedly being sold with V8 power"

      As they should be. Real men drive a V8 or larger. V6 (and twin turbos) are for sissies.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Every time someone says something like this, I think of my friend Björn. He's 6 foot 7 inches tall, a freaking Viking. I've seen him fight (MMA), and he's about as far from 'sissy' as you can get.

        He drives a Volvo S80, with the I6. I suppose he must be a sissy, though, since his vehicle has less than eight cylinders.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Syllepses: I know its going to a bad day, you have me defending Matt (for the first time ever). First, we all know that Matt in his "Bush_esque" (retarded) way of relating to the world is off base.

        But, what the hell are you talking about. This world is infested with 6' 5"+/- 250+ pound sissies. Are you also, implying that there are no gay Vikings alive? Dumb as Matt's statement was your response was even dumber.

        Back to cars, In the american car culture, 2/3 of america know nothing about this car. Of the people that do (gear heads) the V8 is the ONLY option. As more people learn about the car, and the initial enthusiast glut subsides, the v6 will eventually outsell the V8.

        To all the IDIOTS (Matt) included that said that this car would be an epic failure, U were WRONG.
        • 5 Years Ago
        HA!

        I NEVER said the Camaro would be a failure.

        And second...who's approval numbers are going the way of the Titanic again?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it's early-adopters/gearheads who've been waiting for this car. Once that demand dries up, the Camaro will be another rental-car/econo-sporty-car selling to everyone else with the V6, while sales plummet as they do with all new sportscar models after the initial buzz dies down.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why do you say this Luis? The Mustang line has not turned into a "rental-car dream", so why would the Camaro be different than Ford's pony car??
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ AZZO45b:
        because the mustang is a better car
        • 5 Years Ago
        Gruv: So your theory is most of the 56,000+ 2010 Mustang sales have gone straight to rental car agencies? News flash Gruv: The rental car agencies have models from Toyota, Honda, Hyundai/ Kia, GM , Ford, Chrysler, ...geezus from almost EVERYBODY. They actually like to have POPULAR cars for people to rent as well.

        What would you rather rent in Hawaii Gruv... a Chrysler Sebring convertible or a Mustang convertible?? WTF exactly is your point? WTF am I even responding to such goof-ball logic???
        • 5 Years Ago
        News flash AZZO45b, Hertz has their own model of Mustang.
        stealthebeatles
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Camaro doesn't have an inoffensive enough exterior design to not look dated in a few years.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Purple have you driven BOTH?

        My guess is no.... but this is the internet so you will probably respond with a yes anyway
        • 5 Years Ago
        Azzo: Obviously you have never been to hawaii, arizona, or miami. V6 mustang convertables, everywhere, all rentals.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL!
        yea, too bad because this thing is pretty cool looking..................for now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The six isn't exactly a slouch in the HP dept. And it is no surprise the the two engines cost similar amounts to produce. It isn't like it is a inline 4 and a V8 that they are comparing.

      I would guess that the dealers ordering the cars are ordering the more options as well, since they are selling pretty well. At the lots here in Cleveland, they have maybe 2 or 3 cars. It isn't like the Ford dealer with 20+ mustangs to choose from.
      • 5 Years Ago
      out here in the SF bay area there are NONE on the streets. As rare as a Viper.
      I was actually surprised when I read the article and saw they have sold 47K units!
      to who?! where?!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @steven
        yea, it's low key - but there is a TON of it. That is what I was describing.
        Just pushin' back on the stereo-typers out there, no reason for it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lorenzo, I don't know why you are miffed. I drive a 68 Camaro, I lived in Berkeley for 5 years. So I know what's up, but you're being really obstinate about what is true. I think it just makes the car culture (like you listed) so strong / cool around here...because it's rare.
        • 5 Years Ago
        lorenzo, I am Bay Area too. Neoscope has a point...don't forget, the number 1 selling vehicle around here is the Prius. As a region, we are severely down on cylinders.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I want to know too. I have seen three total. Where are they?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Stereotyping is awesome though; haven't you learned anything from Clarkson?!

        :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Steven, fair enough, cheers!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Steven
        Tell that to the guys at the Good Guys auto show, or anyone at any of the many drag racing - road racing - driving school - vintage racing - etc - at Sears Point, or anyone at the Oakland Roadster Show, or any of the guys at the many carting tracks around here, or the East Bay Rats, or the Hells Angles, or the fellas from the lowrider clubs: Alwayz Clownin', Ambassadors Of Soul, Barely Legal, Blvd. Bombs, Blvd. Kings, Carnales Customs, Cherished Whips, Custom Fantasies, etc - or any of the Raiders, or the fearless guys out at Mavericks surf comp for that matter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @john H
        Well I live in Berkeley - and I can tell you from personal experience that besides peoples commuter pod Priuses, allot of folks around here keep Lotuses, Porsches, BMW Z8's, Ferraris, etc tucked away in their garages for regular weekend use.
        It's strange, weekdays roads are filled with the Prisus, and the weekend comes and it's like a friggin car show. Saw an Ultima GTR the other day.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Go south - SoCal has Camaros.

        If you didn't have all those hippies in Berkeley pushing Priuses, maybe there'd be more muscle cars in SF.
        • 5 Years Ago
        To be fair, San Fran isn't generally thought of as a metropolis overflowing with testosterone... just sayin'
      • 5 Years Ago
      How many of those are Yellow w/ black stripes, I'm getting tired of seeing only them on the road. The GM dealer I pass by has had the same black w/ orange stripes SS since August and a beautiful sea blue SS for a few months now.

      I also think once the vert comes out we'll see more 6's, though I believe in recent years more V8 Mustangs are sold than 6's. The old buy the base model, drop in a crate motor, and fool insurance/people at the stoplight, days are gone thanks to modern engine controls.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I believe that you guys are missing one point. The Camaro has a waiting list and the enthusiasts have been in line for a long time.

      Think about this, if your car is about to bite the dust and you want to buy another one and you're a non enthusiast and you don't really know what's out there. How are you going to get an opportunity to buy a Camaro at this stage in the game? All the ones that have been produced have been spoken for and if you order one it may take a month to get it and you need to get to work on Monday. So you decide to get a Mustang instead since they have 25 already sitting over there on the lot in an assortment of colors with slush boxes since you don't want a manual.

      So there's your answer right there. After the Alpha males finish feeding the rest of the pack will come in start feasting on the kill. Then the numbers will change.

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