• Jul 23rd 2010 at 2:59PM
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Fifth Gear hangs out with the Chevrolet Camaro SS – Click above to watch after the jump

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro has been in U.S. dealerships for over a year now, and demand for Chevy's newest pony car has been strong from the get-go. And though the Camaro is based off the Australian Zeta platform and built in Oshawa, Canada, it still rocks a Bowtie badge and carries a 6.2-liter small block V8 under the hood. That makes the Camaro an American pony car in our book; one that will (finally) officially go on sale in England early next year.

But before our allies to the east get a chance to pick up a Camaro of their own, Fifth Gear host Jason Plato took the reins of a Bumblebee-flavored Camaro out on the track. Hit the jump to watch Plato show no mercy to the 3,860-pound coupe. In typical UK-reviewer-on-American-car-ese, we definitely hear words like "lazy" and "heavy," but Plato still looks like a very happy man behind the wheel. If you like smoking tires, oversteer and burnouts you'll definitely like this video.

[Source: Fifth Gear via Camaro5]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the looks of the new Camaro SS but can have have it with a 2011 Mustang engine and interior please with the sound of the SRT8. That would be a fun car to drive!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I give Jason a lot of credit. He seemed to hold back on the kind of self serving satire that Top Gear gave into. He seemed to really enjoy it - like a guilty pleasure - which is actually what this car is all about. It's pornographic and it's classless fun.

      At the price it sells for in the US, I dare you to find me something more obscene. Sure the 2011 Mustang makes sense on paper but at the end of the day, that ENGINE (burbling, roaring, ENGINE), is what really matters.

      A side note: I saw 5 of these on my way to work the other day. All within about a 20 mile span. They are hard to peel your eyes off of. Maybe the design is a 1 hit wonder, maybe it's not going to beat an M3 around a track. If you're comparing this car to anything else, you're doing it wrong.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Suzuki SX4 is an awesome car. If you're comparing this car to anything else, you're doing it wrong.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Don't try to make sense. We're talking muscle cars. To each his own.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just wait until they get their hands on the Z28
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm no fan of the Camaro by any stretch. But I always get mad watching a martini sipping, stick up my butt, Brit come down on American cars, simply for being....american.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Read what the bloke answered to the first post.

        It's a UK show mean for them. I couldn't ever imagine buying camaro ss here(Sweden) for around 95 000 euros that it costs after taxes and absolutely no value left after 5 years compared to example Porsche that i could get cheaper from the start and probally with much easier maintance in here.
        It is honestly damn hot looking car, but when i would be on my way to buy the camaro i would sure be very hard pressed to get Aston Martin, Porsche or something similar. That said the car itself would get more heads turning than any of those, especially with that bumblebee paint.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well if it makes you feel any better, there is a lot of Holden (Australian) engineering in that car too. It is basically the same platform as the Commodore (Pontiac GT) with softer suspension for American tastes.

        That is also another reason why the car doesn't have a live rear axle. Aussies wouldn't buy a car with a live axle anymore and since the Commodore doesn't nor does the Camaro.

      • 5 Years Ago
      As a Brit who is living in the States, I always find Americans and their love affair with muscle cars funny. It's not like Plato was saying the Camaro sucks - he liked it. Saying it's heavy and felt a bit lazy sounds like a fair comment to me - hardly scathing, unjustified criticism.

      We Brits can't make a car to save our lives, we know - we stopped buying them in the 80s, and they all went bust - we bought European and Japanese cars instead, because they, you know, are good.

      American muscle cars do what they do very well - but they don't have the kind of market, history, or passionate following that they do over here.

      As has been pointed out - I would NOT want to have to fill one of these beasts up with UK prices. That alone is enough to kill the market for American muscle.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Too right Victor Raikkonen.. They should slap a Holden badge on it and bring it down under
      Afterall [I believe] it was the Holden design team who helped take it from concept to reality - the same team that designed the Efijy and the 2012 Corvette [Transformers 3]
      Not to mention that Holden was heavily involved in the R&D of the Camaro - its built on the same Aussie designed Zeta Platform as the Commodore.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well I'm an American and after driving one I found the Camaro pretty much exactly how this driver found it. Great Looking, Heavy feeling, a bit of a handful to toss around, but loads of fun anyway. Pretty much how a muscle car should be really.

      The Mustang is still the standard in the segment for me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Slap a Holden badge on it and you have a Holden Camaro. Slightly more appropriate than a Vauxhall badge as the car was developed here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This will have a tiny niche market in the UK.
      • 5 Years Ago
      3860 pounds for a 2-door coupe! The new BMW 5-series comes in around 3,700 pounds. Did they just take one of their small SUV chassis and bolt the Camaro body to it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, they took the full sized chassis from the Holden Monaro/ Statesman /Pontiac G8 and shrunk it as best they could. In 2012 it's moving to a new platform called Alpha and that should shrink it back to a more pony-esque weight of 3500 to 3600 lbs. And BTW the BMW 5 series, at least the new one weighs in at 4094. Granted that’s a fully optioned 535, but the base 528 can't be that much lighter.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would be interested in seeing Top Gear's and Fifth Gear's opinion on the 2011 Mustang GT with the Brembo brake package. I have one and it's fantastic. My last car was a 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, so the Mustang had a very tough act to follow to impress me.

      Clarkson will probably do his usual thing and laugh at it at first, but I have a feeling he would have no choice but to praise it in the end.

      Fifth Gear on the other hand will probably like it right away as they seemed to like the Camaro.
        • 5 Years Ago
        assuming they don't show a V6 mustang and claim it's a GT (again.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thanks for giving a thumb-up review, hate to know that top-gear's trash review which they compare it to a Me/Be with AWD.
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