Chevrolet has revived the iconic Camaro nameplate for its all-new 4-seat sports car. The previous generation Camaro was discontinued in 2002, and rather than draw inspiration from that model, the 2010 Camaro harkens back to the one of the cornerstones of the muscle car era; the '67-'69 Camaro's.
While the design clearly echoes the first generation Camaro, the 2010 model brings to the table modern automotive technology, including multi-link front and rear suspension, and engines that offer both performance and fuel economy.
Trims for the Camaro are LS, LT, and Super Sport or SS. All models come with a bold "cowl-induction" look hood, halogen composite headlights, and 18-inch wheels. The SS gets Brembo brakes, 20-inch wheels, standard fog lamps, and a powerplant worthy of the Super Sport moniker.
The base engine for the rear-drive Camaro is a direct-injected 3.6-liter V6, putting out 304 horsepower and 273 pound feet of torque sent to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The SS model gets GM's 6.2-liter V8 putting out 426 horsepower and 420 pound feet of torque with the standard 6-speed manual, and 400 horsepower with the 6-speed automatic. Those selecting the automatic with the V8 get the benefit of active fuel management, which allows the V8 to run on four of eight cylinders when less power is needed, saving fuel.
Fuel economy for the Camaro ranges from 16 miles per gallon city, up to 29 miles per gallon highway.
The retro theme is continued on the interior, with an instrument cluster very similar to that of the Camaro's of old. What the first-gen Camaro's do not have, however, are features like Brembo performance brakes, a multi-function steering wheel, available OnStar roadside assistance, and electronic traction control that can be deactivated.
Adding a bit of versatility of the Camaro, the rear bucket seats can fold flat, giving way to extra storage space.
Standard safety equipment includes 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, StabiliTrac stability control system, traction control, and a full array of front and side impact airbags.
Base MSRP for the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is $22,680. The SS model starts at $30,745. The Camaro is backed by a 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
With classic styling, potent engines, and modern technology, the 2010 Chevy Camaro brings forth the best of old and new!