While the wraps have been off the test mules of the 2010 Camaro for some time, Chevy has been mum on the final configuration of its reborn pony car until now. And what it has announced and shown is fairly in line with what we reported in our July issue.
The Camaro will be offered in two trim levels, RS and SS, the former powered by a 3.6-liter overhead-cam direct-injection V-6 making upward of 300 bhp, which can be equipped with either an Aisin 6-speed manual or GM's 6L50 6-speed automatic. The SS will sport two pushrod 6.2-liter V-8s ranging from 395 to 420 bhp.
Those who choose the Tremec 6060 manual will get the LS3 from the Corvette, while buyers opting for the 6-speed automatic will get the L99 V-8 with active fuel management, which cycles back and forth between four and eight cylinders to boost fuel economy. The LS3 is expected to make about 420 bhp and 408 lb.-ft. of torque, while the L99 is estimated at 395 bhp and 395 lb.-ft. of torque. The V-6 will run on regular unleaded gasoline, while both V-8s are specified to take premium.
The Camaro rides on a 112.3-in. wheelbase and measures 189.6 in. overall, just slightly larger than the current Mustang, although it's just over 8 in. shorter than the Dodge Challenger. Like the Mustang, the Camaro seats four, while the Challenger has five positions.
Based on the Holden-developed Zeta platform, the Camaro is equipped with a multilink independent rear suspension. The V-6 models come with the FE2 package that includes a 22.2-mm front and a 21.7-mm rear anti-roll bar and 18-in. wheels, while 19- and 20-in. wheels are optional.
The base tire is a P245/55R-18 BFGoodrich all-season tire. The FE3 suspension features 23.0-mm anti-roll bars and comes with 20-in. wheels shod with P245/45 front and P275/45 rear Pirelli P Zero rubber.
Likewise, there is a difference in brake packages from V-6 to V-8: The RS has single-piston calipers with 12.6-in. front and 12.4-in. rear discs, while the SS is equipped with 4-piston calipers clamping on 14.0-in. front and 13.6-in. rear rotors.
Chevy puts the Camaro's curb weight at 3750 lb. with a 52/48 front/rear distribution. Production will begin to ramp up late this year for a first quarter launch in 2009. Coupes will be produced first, with a convertible slated about 10 months later.
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