The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro — Awesome!

Chevy Camaro

Attention, General Motors! The concept Camaro now making the rounds of U.S. auto shows is a real winner. Keep showing the car, but start making plans to get it built…now! Make no changes to the concept; in other words: keep the boardroom geeks away from the project. Yes, GM is looking at bringing back a venerable nameplate – the Chevrolet Camaro. If all goes as planned, a 2010 model Camaro is a strong possibility. Read on for additional interesting tidbits.

Back in the late 1960s, General Motors responded – albeit a little late – to the wildly successful 1964 1/2 launch of the Ford Mustang. A whole new breed of cars were on the market – pony cars – thanks to the Mustang and GM’s release of the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird. Indeed, Chrysler and American Motors jumped in too with the Dodge Charger, Plymouth Road Runner, and AMC Javelin competing successfully in a popular automobile segment.

Consumer tastes have changed over the years and the Camaro did not keep up them. Better put, it was GM who did not keep up with the Camaro and it, along with the Firebird, were retired after the 2002 model year. 35 years of Camaro/Firebird history came to a bitter end.

Fortunately for Camaro lovers, it may once again be the hated Mustang that rescues the Camaro. As in the 1960s, GM is witnessing Ford’s big success with its retro looking Mustang and GM wants a piece of the action. Unlike GM, Ford never retired the Mustang name and, instead, gave it a complete makeover that has galvanized sales.

The Camaro making the rounds of the U.S. auto shows is a real beauty. Taking its styling cues from the ’69 Camaro, the proposed ’09 Camaro is expected to feature a 6.0L V8 engine paired with a 6 speed manual transmission. The wheels are 21” at the front and 22” at the back, but smaller wheels are likely to be the production standard. In addition, the Camaro’s interior will hearken back to the original model’s interior and include its famed twin instrument pod.

With a base V6 available, the standard Camaro may retail for just under $20,000, a highly competitive price for an awesome looking two door coupe. Now, if the powers that be within GM can be persuaded to build the car based on the concept, the Camaro will certainly give the Mustang a run for the money and keep the all new (retro) Dodge Challenger from swiping away Camaro loyalists.

Oh, to dream about big things…the Camaro is one car that enthusiasts want to go from concept to completion and soon! GM, are you hearing us?

Camaro Photo: © GM Corp.

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Comments

  1. Matt Keegan says:

    American cars have come a long way, Beebs. Ford and GM have made huge strides and we’re likely to see some improvements with Chrysler the next time a quality survey of its newest models comes out.

  2. Whoa i dont really like American cars but every year they seem to get better and better. AMERICAN F YEAH

  3. The 2009 Camaro is sooooo georgous. I hope to one day own one. I use to have a 95 Camaro but was in an accident. So here is to hoping.

  4. Nicole — It is doubtful whether the Firebird will ever be resurrected. Pontiac isn’t getting a full complement of vehicle anymore as this division is now bundled with Buick and GMC.

    Rai — I hear you!

    Popular Wealth — That ’69 Camaro was an awesome car! As far as the latest iteration of the Camaro, it may lose some of its steam in light of the coming CAFE boost. Quite possibly during the first year or two a more potent engine will be included, but I could see a V6 standard even a supercharged four-cylinder down the road. Will beauty be only skin deep with the Camaro? We shall see!

  5. My two absolute favorite cars are born exactly 40 years apart, and both are a chevrolet.

    My first dream car, a ’69 camaro SS with extreme horsepower upgrades, taught me how to build engines. Or should I say, it was the guinee pig for what I thought I knew because no matter how fast it burned up the quarter mile… I wanted more.

    I want more again! I think the 2009 camaro is stunning, I only hope the boardroom doesn’t go the route of Mustang once again and water down the drivetrain, like ford did with it’s potent 5.0 engine line. The 302 Boss engine… ford should have known not to go for smaller size with higher compression in the next generation imo. Grease monkeys couldn’t build the 4.6 follow up to the same monster torque and horsepower levels.

    Chevy Forever! (I’ll be buying one, unless the engine doesn’t lend itself well to being built up into a rat motor like it’s 350 and 454 cubic inch predecessors – here’s hoping)

  6. Wow great post! I simply adore that car. :)

  7. Great post…….love that Camaro! I have a 94 Firebird that I refuse to give up…..wish they would go back in to production with the Firebirds.

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