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2014 Camaro Bumblebee Concept Revealed for Transformers 4 Movie 3
Jul
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, Auto Addiction, Automotive, Camaro, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Camaro SS, Chevrolet Camaro Transformers Special Edition, Chevy Camaro, Movie, News, Transformers 4 on 07 3rd, 2013
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We revealed many of the new Transformer 4 vehicles but left everyone guessing as to what the newest Bumblebee Camaro would look like. Well here it is in all of its controversial-looking skin. Of course it is very different from the all-new 2014 Camaro that we have seen with its new fresh face-lift. This new Bumblebee is just… ‘different’. Transformers 4 is said to be released June 27, 2014. What are your thoughts?

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2012 Chevrolet Camaro Graces Europe with Exclusive Styling 19
Jun
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2012 Chevy Camaro, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Camaro SS, Chevy Camaro, European Camaro, News on 06 19th, 2012

The European version of the Chevrolet Camaro, finally reaching Europe as a 2012 model after a decade-long hiatus, receives exclusive styling tweaks that American Camaro fans may grow envious of.

The new 2012 Camaro, finally making its return to Europe, gets slightly different styling from the American version. The most noticeable changes are found on the rear of the vehicle with new LED taillights and rear fascia design. Additionally, European Camaros, both convertible and coupe versions, will all be powered by the 6.2-liter V8 engines found in SS trims here in America.

Other design characteristics unique to the European Camaro are reflectors positioned just above the exhaust pipes and larger side review mirrors. With the new 2013 Ford Mustang getting a well-perceived design refreshing, we are sure to see American Camaro owners adopt the new European styling from aftermarket suppliers very soon.

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Second Drive: 2012 45th Anniversary Chevy Camaro SS 4
Nov
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, Camaro, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro SS, featured, Test Drives on 11 4th, 2011

‘BLACK TIE CELEBRATION’

Chevrolet celebrates 45 years of Camaro production with this very special, limited-production 2012 45th Anniversary model.  It’s a ‘black tie’ celebration because each anniversary model is custom painted ‘Carbon Flash Metallic’ (black with hints of dark green), and includes a unique rally stripe in red and silver with 45th Anniversary graphics on the stripes.  Also included are special fender emblems celebrating the 45 years of production, a new 20X8 and 20X9 inch wheel design in deep silver, RS-style taillamp lenses, a standard rear spoiler, standard HID headlamps, body-color roof molding, leather-trimmed front bucket seats with the Anniversary Logo embroidered on the seatbacks, a white instrument panel with the 45th Anniversary logo on the right side, white door trim inserts with green glowing LED ambient piping at night, red, white and blue stitching on the seats, and the Anniversary logo on the bottom of the leather-wrapped/tilt/telescoping steering wheel and sill plates.  Chevy wants all who gaze at this beautiful sports coupe to know that it celebrates 45 years of Camaro production.

But that is not all, the new 2012 is more refined and the 3.6 liter Direct Injection V6 model, also available with the Anniversary Package, is more powerful now pumping out 323hp, is 20.5lbs. lighter and helps maintain fuel economy of up to 30mpg highway.

More refinement is found on the instrument panel appearance with new instrument graphics and trim, as well as a new steering wheel design and a power lift feature for the front passenger seat.  The steering wheel features a fresh new look and ergonomic improvements intended to support performance driving.  Also new is a Rear Vision Package, which adds a rearview camera system and an auto-dimming mirror to the existing rear park assist feature.  The rearview camera system complements the rear park assist by providing a video display of the area behind the car, with the video images appearing in the car’s inside rearview mirror.

I tested the SS model with the 6.2 liter, all-aluminum V8 engine that generates a whopping 426hp at 5,900rpm and 420lb.ft. of torque at 4,600rpm.  When you turn the engine own you’ll hear the Chevy rumble coming from the dual exhaust system.  Plant you foot down on the floor board and the engine will sound like a banshee breaking from captivity.

Mated to the reliable and proven Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission that is designed to handle the high torque characteristics of the LS3 engine.  Short throws and smooth engagement and a standard limit-slip differential guarantee quick 0-60mph times well under 5-seconds.

The fully independent suspension is racecar bred and precise and quick acting.  Just a little tug of the steering wheel changes your direction.  Up front is a 4.5-link system that includes a unique L-shaped upper control arm that attaches to the knuckles at one end and incorporates a ride bushing in the rear.  The setup also includes a retuned dual ball strut system with a direct-acting 23mm solid stabilizer bar.  The rear setup includes coil-over gas-charged monotube shocks with a decoupled 24mm solid stabilizer bar.  The front and rear stabilizer bars are reshaped and positioned outboard of the shock mounts for more effective body control and more precise response.

The power-assisted rack & pinion steering system is super responsive to my steering wheel inputs and pointed my new Camaro SS where I wanted it to go.  It features a 16.1:1 ratio for quick acting.  Keeping me out of trouble when challenging steep curves is the standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control system.

Quickly slowing the new Camaro SS down from speed are giant, power-assisted steel disc brakes with Brembo aluminum calipers.  Up front are 14 inch vented discs clamped with four-piston calipers, and 14.4 inch vented discs clamped with four-piston Brembo calipers in the rear.  Standard ABS keeps you in control during severe braking maneuvers or when braking on slick or wet pavement.

The 45th Anniversary Camaro SS rides on giant 20X8 front and 20X9 inch rear custom wheels wrapped with 245/45R20 front and 275/40R20 inch rear Pirelli P Zero high-performance tires for an excellent compliant ride on smooth surfaces and extra grip when accelerating or braking.

The cockpit is perfectly designed with easy to read and use gauges, dials, switches and levers, all fully illuminated for safe nighttime travel.  The shifter is perfectly placed so you can easily grab it and keep your right hand on it during your drives without fatigue.

The front power-adjustable bucket seats are very comfortable and supportive for short or long drives.  The center stack is easy to reach and easy to use with two big dials.  There is plenty of legroom and headroom to let you stretch out when you need to.

Standard features in my 45th Anniversary 2012 Camaro SS not mentioned above includes power express up/down windows, power door locks, heated front seats, universal home remote, power front seats, trunk release, A/C with air filtration system, intermittent, variable-speed wipers/washers, cruise control, 2-auxiliary power outlets, driver information center, full folding rear seat with trunk pass through, front carpeted floor mats, dual map lights, storage slots in each door, center console with dual cupholders, dual tier storage bin with padded armrest, deep and wide glove box, rear window defroster, HID headlamps, front fog lamps, leather-wrapped shift knob, heated/power outside mirrors, Bluetooth for your phone, Boston Acoustics premium audio sound system with AM-FM/CD player with 245-watts and nine-speakers, and a head’s-up display so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road to monitor your current speed.

Standard safety features include driver/front passenger airbags, driver/front passenger side impact airbags, side head curtain front rear airbags, LATCH system for child seats, theft deterrent system, traction control, seatbelts for all occupants with front pretensioners/load limiters, steel beam in each door, front/rear crumple zones, tire pressure monitoring system, daytime running lights, OnStar with automatic crash response, battery rundown protection and vehicle alarm.

If you are a Chevy Camaro enthusiast this is the model for you to proudly drive this 45th Anniversary Edition around town or on the back roads and truly enjoy the power, performance and interior refinements that make the all-new Chevy Camaro SS one of the great sport coupes in the world.

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: $36,825.00 as tested
  • Engine: 6.2-liter 16-valve V8 426 horsepower @ 5900 rpm / 420 ft-lbs. torque @ 4600 rpm
  • Total length: 190.4in.
  • Total width: 75.5in.
  • Total height: 54.2in.
  • Wheelbase:112.3in.
  • Track: f/r-63.7/63.7in.
  • Turning circle: 37.7ft.
  • Headroom: f/r-37.4/35.3in.
  • Legroom: f/r-42.4/29.9in.
  • Fuel tank: 19 gallons
  • Curb weight: 3,349lbs.-six-speed manual
  • EPA fuel economy: 16mpg/city, 24mpg/highway
  • 0-60 mph: 4.9 seconds


2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS 45th Anniversary Edition Review & Test Drive 17
Oct
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Camaro SS, featured, Test Drives on 10 17th, 2011

45 years ago Chevrolet introduced the iconic Camaro pony car. Since then, other American muscle cars such as the Ford Mustang, introduced a few years before the Camaro, continued an American heritage for the pony car. For 2012 the all-new Camaro 45th Anniversary edition commemorates a long line of Camaro’s lineage with 2LT and 2SS trims available in coupe or convertible flavors.

I had the chance to review the all-new 2012 Camaro SS 45th Anniversary edition packing in Camaro’s 426 horsepower V8 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. In this configuration, my Camaro 45th anniversary edition test vehicle is essentially a Camaro with the 2SS trim package but with a few distinctive characteristics to celebrate a 45-year milestone.

On the outside of the 45th Anniversary edition Camaro, Chevrolet added custom 20-inch wheels, Carbon Flash Metallic exterior paint, fog light and tailamp bezels finished in dark silver, standard rear spoiler, RS styled taillight lenses, unique hood, body-color roof molding, HID headlights, 45th Anniversary emblems on the side, and a unique red and charcoal rally stripe on the hood.

The interior of the new 2012 Camaro receives a revised instrument panel and steering wheel. I give Chevrolet praise for axing the deep-dish ‘robot-man hands’ steering wheel from 2010 to 2011 model Camaro’s. The new steering wheel is a good design borrowed from other GM vehicles with some added padding in the right spot for more of a sports car feel. Unique to the 45th Anniversary edition Camaro on the inside are sport seats embroidered with a 45th Anniversary logo in addition to 45th emblems placed on the passenger side dash and steering wheel. General Motor’s heads-up display, part of the 45th Anniversary’s 2SS trimmed options list, provides a customizable green readout on the windshield allowing the driver to keep his/her eyes on the road.

I found the all-new 45th Anniversary Camaro to have its own unique characteristic in the looks department. The 45th Anniversary Camaro is subtly styled to set itself apart from other Camaro’s fresh out of the box.

Driving the all-new 2012 Camaro 45th Anniversary edition puts you in a class apart from others in knowing your vehicle is unique. Not only do you have over 400 ponies under the hood of one of the most stylish pony cars on the road, but with the 45th Anniversary edition you commemorate American muscle history in the making for 45 years.

The new 2012 Camaro SS is a powerful machine that demands your attention when fully applying your right foot to the gas pedal. The standard 6-speed manual transmission takes some skill to master rowing the gears when you are pushing the Camaro’s 6.2-liter 426 horsepower and 420 ft. lbs. of torque V8 engine to its limit. The snarling grow from the exhaust of the Camaro SS can become addictive. I found myself downshifting to 2nd gear more than necessary just to hear the V8’s burble through the dual exhaust pipes. Lighting up the rear tires is a synch with the drop of the clutch while the improved suspension dynamics combined with the competitive mode stability control keeps things in line on curvy roads.

Fuel efficiency has been improved on the new 2012 Camaro V6 while the big V8 continues to get 16mpg city and 24mpg highway. Opting for the V6 will better those figures getting you as many as 28mpg on the highway and 17mpg city.

The new 2012 Camaro is undeniably a big pony car, tipping the scale at 3,890 pounds, but manages to handle itself like any car weighing 300 to 400 pounds less. The rear suspension tends to have an unwanted abrupt rebound to the dampers more noticeable on bumpy roads.

Acceleration comes in at a quick 4.9 seconds to 60 mph. The large Brembo brakes on the SS model bite down hard bringing the pony car to a stop from 60 mph in an excellent 111 feet.

Although it did not take Chevrolet 45 years to master the performance of the Camaro, 2012 brings about even more enhancements in the performance field for the V6 version of the Camaro getting a total of 323 horsepower (up 10hp from last year). As you can guess, opting for the big V8 engine is a sure way to please the most demanding enthusiast but the V6 model wont disappoint the average driver.

Comfort, style, and performance, it is what the iconic Camaro has embarked on for upwards of 45 years now. Being one of the top contenders in the book of American muscle cars, the Camaro still has a lot of life left even after 45 years. Not to mention, there are some excellent sights on the horizon in the form of a Camaro ZL1 packing 580 horsepower.

Still, the Camaro defines many pony car generations offering several flavors for light-weight enthusiasts and the track-focused junkie. The all-new 2012 Camaro 45th Anniversary edition is an excellent way to celebrate 45-years and the many good things to come out of the iconic pony car.

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Copyright: 2011 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

Price: Base SS $31,850 As-Tested 45th Anniversary Edition $37,725
Type: Midsize Coupe
Where Built: Canada
EPA Class: Compact Cars

Dimensions

Exterior
Length: 190.4 in.
Width: 75.5 in.
Height: 54.2 in.
Wheel Base: 112.3 in.
Curb Weight: 3860 lbs.

Interior
Front Head Room: 37.4 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 56.9 in.
Rear Head Room: 35.3 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 42.5 in.
Front Leg Room: 42.4 in.
Rear Leg Room: 29.9 in.
Luggage Capacity: 11.3 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 4

Performance Data

Number of Cylinders: 8
Engine Size: 6.2 liters
Engine Type: V8
Horsepower: 426 hp
Max Horsepower: 5900 rpm
Torque: 420 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 4600 rpm
Drive Type: RWD
Turning Circle: 37.7 ft.
0-60mph: 4.9 seconds

Fuel Data

Fuel Tank Capacity: 19 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Manual: 16 mpg / 24 mpg / 19 mpg
Range in Miles:
Manual: 304 mi. / 456 mi. / 361 mi.



Video: “Veteran 1″ Chevrolet Camaro Owner Stops By for a Chat 10
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in auto show, Automotive, Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee, Cars and Coffee, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Camaro SS, video on 08 10th, 2011

During one of our recent Cars and Coffee events in Jacksonville, FL, Kelly Fromm, owner of a tricked-out “Veteran 1” Chevrolet Camaro SS (Tribute to America’s Fallen Heroes) stopped by. I had the chance to do a short interview asking Kelly a few questions about this one-of-a-kind vehicle and his heart-felt inspiration for such a remarkable wrap design. Check out the exclusive video clip of the short interview below after the jump.

    

 



2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible to Debut at LA Auto Show / On Sale in February 4
Oct
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, Chevrolet Camaro SS, featured, News on 10 4th, 2010

The new 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible has been confirmed to debut at the LA Auto Show and then go on sale in February 2011. Introducing the Camaro Convertible in February will give GM an opportunity to move several units for those consumers who want to let the top down in the upcoming spring and summer time. A 312 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 (RS-base) and 426 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 (SS) will be offered in the Convertible.

Pricing for the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible will start at $30,000 which is about $7,000 north of the starting price of the coupe. More details will be revealed at the time of the LA Auto Show around November 17th.



2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Press Release

Opening Soon: 2011 Camaro Convertible

DETROIT – The 21st century rebirth of the Chevrolet Camaro opens a new chapter when the 2011 Camaro Convertible premieres at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on Nov. 17.

The Camaro Convertible will arrive in Chevrolet showrooms in February 2011. Starting price will be $30,000, including $850 destination. (Full details will be released later this year.)

“The Convertible will make the all-new Camaro, already a smash-hit, even more desirable to a greater range of drivers,” says Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing.

The Convertible model will be available in the same basic model offering as the Camaro Coupe. The standard model will have a 312-hp Direct Injection V6 engine featuring 29 miles per gallon on the highway. The SS model will feature the 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 426 hp. A six-speed manual transmission will be standard, with an optional six-speed automatic.

Camaro is America’s most popular sports car, seizing leadership in U.S. sales with the coupe model that launched in spring of 2009 as a 2010 model. The right to purchase one of the first Convertibles was recently sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction for $205,000, with all proceeds donated to charity.

[source: GM]



Transformers 3 Movie Set Sightings: Ferrari 458 Italia, Corvette Stingray Convertible, Bumblebee Camaro SS, etc. 22
Jul
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro SS, Chevrolet Corvette, featured, Ferrari, ferrari 458 italia, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Benz E-Class, Movie, Nascar, Transformers, Transformers 2, Transformers 3, video on 07 22nd, 2010

‘Transformers 3′ the movie is shaping up to be one of the best modern-day car flicks with all of the car porn they have shipped in to the movie set in Chicago. The stars of the movie are showing their faces and we like them! Some of them include the Ferrari 458 Italia, Corvette Stingray Convertible Concept “Sideswipe”, a newer Chevy Camaro SS “Bumblebee”, several NASCAR vehicles and a modified Mercedes E-Class.

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Video: Top Gear Tests Chevrolet Camaro SS 12
Jul
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro SS, featured, Top Gear, video on 07 12th, 2010

You didn’t think the American red-neck culture would be so well understood by those overseas especially the guys at Top Gear. Those guys understand quite well actually. The guys at Camaro5.com just posted the exclusive video of Top Gear doing a full review of the current 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS.

I won’t bore you with highlighting all of Richard Hammond’s critiques and factual revelations of the Camaro’s true roots lying with a certain Australian vehicle. Just check out the video below for your own enjoyment! There is also a treat in the video from the Germans. Enjoy!

View Video on Camaro5 here!



2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Review & Test Drive 30
Jun
Posted by Malcolm in Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro SS, featured, Test Drives on 06 30th, 2010

When you are sitting behind the wheel of a cool looking car, do you get that “big-head” feeling?  You know, the car that just attracts all types of attention? That’s just the selfish feeling that I had for a few moments while driving the new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS. As I reminisce about the time spent in the 2010 Camaro SS I would like to thank Chevrolet for bringing back a true classic sports car.

Not only did General Motors bring back a classic, but they brought it back in “transformed” style. The Camaro, in its Super Sports form, is one quick sports coupe to be reckoned with. The Camaro SS leads the pack along with the new 2011 Mustang GT and Dodge Challenger SRT8 for true American muscle cars.

Chevrolet has incorporated independent suspension for the first time in the Camaro with MacPherson struts up front, giving the Camaro a good ride that is stiff enough for the challenges that you would put any sports car through. Even though the Camaro SS falls just slightly after the 2011 Mustang GT in terms of performance, the Camaro SS is still not a pushover by far. It falls behind the Mustang GT mainly in part due to the Camaro SS being heavier, about 250 pounds more than the Mustang.

The exterior of the Camaro SS is truly remarkable from the eye-lid effect headlights with halos to the beefy side finders all the way to the wide road hugging rear-end. There is no mistaking the new Camaro for anything else. With the Camaro’s success as one of the stars in the Transformers movies, it became an instant hit among car enthusiasts. This sort of takes you away from the few flaws of the Camaro once you sit inside.

The large 20-inch sterling silver painted aluminum wheels also add to the character of the Camaro SS which is a necessary feature to fill the rather large wheel wells. Our yellow test car screamed “transformers”, even though it was not an actual “Transformer” edition. That is all you could really think of after taking a first glance at it rolling down the road. I am sure you can find a better looking car on the road but you would have to search very hard for one in the Camaro’s price category considering the Camaro V6 starts at $22,680.

The relatively high beltline of the Camaro gives you a feeling of substance. Although you do get an abundance of substance under the hood, we are not sure if it is all extracted in the way we would have hoped. The interior is very functional with the exception of the deep-dish designed steering wheel. We are not sure how this design made its way to the Camaro. It looks cool but it is not very functional with human hands. The retro-styled instrument cluster is clear and easy to read. It goes well with the lower podded instrument readouts for transmission temp, oil pressure, oil temp and voltage. This is a very nice touch that gives the Camaro’s interior a distinctive styling. Rear seating is somewhat tight but expected for this segment.

All controls are easy to figure out including the over-sized rubber HVAC knobs. Not sure if the rubber actually makes it easy to turn the already-big controls but it works well. A Boston Acoustics stereo with XM Satalite radio was included as part of the 2SS trim level. The 6-speed shifter was quite interesting as it automatically unlocks the reverse gate when you come to a stop allowing your shift to reverse virtually effortless. I don’t know if that is a good thing or bad thing considering how some people like to “play” with the shifter at stop lights.

Performance is a given when it comes to a Chevy Camaro even when you go back to the 1960’s. The big bowtie knows a thing or two about laying down some Detroit muscle. The Camaro SS is a performer. Even though its true weight shows at times, it is not shy about throwing it around the track. A 426ph pushrod V8 can easily propel all 3,860 lbs to 60mph in about 5 seconds or less. It does take some extra effort from the driver to navigate through the tall gears of the 6-speed manual but the reward is well worth it. An available 6-speed automatic unfortunately reduces the power output to 400hp. The 6-speed manual in our test car has unpredictable gates that you must somewhat adapt to. Power delivery is very smooth, so smooth that driving the Camaro SS does not seem near as fast as it does riding as a passenger.

Big 14.0 inch front and 14.1 inch Brembo brakes bring the Camaro SS to a stop in about 111ft from 60mph. Stability control and traction control keep the fat rear-end in place. Turn off the electronic nannies and you better watch out, the rear is apt to kick out under wide open throttle as the 275/40ZR 20” Pirelli P-Zero rear tires beg for grip. Steering turn-in is good with a neutral feeling and hardly any understeer or oversteer in part due to the front 245/45ZR 20” tires. The independent suspension, with big stabilizer bars, help keep you in the line that you pick on the track despite the heftiness of the Camaro.

The new Camaro was listed as the best selling sports car from May of 2009 to May of 2010. That’s a major accomplishment for Chevrolet leaving behind the Ford Mustang. With Ford introducing a 305hp V6 Mustang and 412hp Mustang GT, the 304hp V6 Camaro and 426hp V8 Camaro SS now has someone else to compete with. Nevertheless, these two icons have been fighting for many decades now so that’s nothing new. Rumor has it that a new Camaro Z28 will have even more power (think Cadillac CTS-V 556hp proportions), which could out-power the current GT500. We are pretty sure GM would not mind using the powerplant in the Cadillac CTS-V in the upcoming Camaro Z28 especially if it means beating the Ford Shelby GT500 in a horsepower race. Let the games begin.

Meanwhile, if you are in the market for some serious American muscle in the form of an iconic classic wearing a sharp outfit and a bowtie, then the Camaro SS is the key to your personal transformation.




















Copyright: 2010 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

Price: Base SS $31,795 As-Tested $36,515
Type: Midsize Coupe
Where Built: Canada
EPA Class: Compact Cars

Dimensions

Exterior
Length: 190.4 in.
Width: 75.5 in.
Height: 54.2 in.
Wheel Base: 112.3 in.
Curb Weight: 3860 lbs.

Interior
Front Head Room: 37.4 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 56.9 in.
Rear Head Room: 35.3 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 42.5 in.
Front Leg Room: 42.4 in.
Rear Leg Room: 29.9 in.
Luggage Capacity: 11.3 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 4

Performance Data

Number of Cylinders: 8
Engine Size: 6.2 liters
Engine Type: V8
Horsepower: 426 hp
Max Horsepower: 5900 rpm
Torque: 420 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 4600 rpm
Drive Type: RWD
Turning Circle: 37.7 ft.
0-60mph: 4.9 seconds

Fuel Data

Fuel Tank Capacity: 19 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Manual: 16 mpg / 24 mpg / 19 mpg
Range in Miles:
Manual: 304 mi. / 456 mi. / 361 mi.



2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Review & Test Drive 30
Jun
Posted by Malcolm in Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Camaro SS, featured, Test Drives on 06 30th, 2010

When you are sitting behind the wheel of a cool looking car, do you get that “big-head” feeling?  You know, the car that just attracts all types of attention? That’s just the selfish feeling that I had for a few moments while driving the new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS. As I reminisce about the time spent in the 2010 Camaro SS I would like to thank Chevrolet for bringing back a true classic sports car.

Not only did General Motors bring back a classic, but they brought it back in “transformed” style. The Camaro, in its Super Sports form, is one quick sports coupe to be reckoned with. The Camaro SS leads the pack along with the new 2011 Mustang GT and Dodge Challenger SRT8 for true American muscle cars.

Chevrolet has incorporated independent suspension for the first time in the Camaro with MacPherson struts up front, giving the Camaro a good ride that is stiff enough for the challenges that you would put any sports car through. Even though the Camaro SS falls just slightly after the 2011 Mustang GT in terms of performance, the Camaro SS is still not a pushover by far. It falls behind the Mustang GT mainly in part due to the Camaro SS being heavier, about 250 pounds more than the Mustang.

The exterior of the Camaro SS is truly remarkable from the eye-lid effect headlights with halos to the beefy side finders all the way to the wide road hugging rear-end. There is no mistaking the new Camaro for anything else. With the Camaro’s success as one of the stars in the Transformers movies, it became an instant hit among car enthusiasts. This sort of takes you away from the few flaws of the Camaro once you sit inside.

The large 20-inch sterling silver painted aluminum wheels also add to the character of the Camaro SS which is a necessary feature to fill the rather large wheel wells. Our yellow test car screamed “transformers”, even though it was not an actual “Transformer” edition. That is all you could really think of after taking a first glance at it rolling down the road. I am sure you can find a better looking car on the road but you would have to search very hard for one in the Camaro’s price category considering the Camaro V6 starts at $22,680.

The relatively high beltline of the Camaro gives you a feeling of substance. Although you do get an abundance of substance under the hood, we are not sure if it is all extracted in the way we would have hoped. The interior is very functional with the exception of the deep-dish designed steering wheel. We are not sure how this design made its way to the Camaro. It looks cool but it is not very functional with human hands. The retro-styled instrument cluster is clear and easy to read. It goes well with the lower podded instrument readouts for transmission temp, oil pressure, oil temp and voltage. This is a very nice touch that gives the Camaro’s interior a distinctive styling. Rear seating is somewhat tight but expected for this segment.

All controls are easy to figure out including the over-sized rubber HVAC knobs. Not sure if the rubber actually makes it easy to turn the already-big controls but it works well. A Boston Acoustics stereo with XM Satalite radio was included as part of the 2SS trim level. The 6-speed shifter was quite interesting as it automatically unlocks the reverse gate when you come to a stop allowing your shift to reverse virtually effortless. I don’t know if that is a good thing or bad thing considering how some people like to “play” with the shifter at stop lights.

Performance is a given when it comes to a Chevy Camaro even when you go back to the 1960’s. The big bowtie knows a thing or two about laying down some Detroit muscle. The Camaro SS is a performer. Even though its true weight shows at times, it is not shy about throwing it around the track. A 426ph pushrod V8 can easily propel all 3,860 lbs to 60mph in about 5 seconds or less. It does take some extra effort from the driver to navigate through the tall gears of the 6-speed manual but the reward is well worth it. An available 6-speed automatic unfortunately reduces the power output to 400hp. The 6-speed manual in our test car has unpredictable gates that you must somewhat adapt to. Power delivery is very smooth, so smooth that driving the Camaro SS does not seem near as fast as it does riding as a passenger.

Big 14.0 inch front and 14.1 inch Brembo brakes bring the Camaro SS to a stop in about 111ft from 60mph. Stability control and traction control keep the fat rear-end in place. Turn off the electronic nannies and you better watch out, the rear is apt to kick out under wide open throttle as the 275/40ZR 20” Pirelli P-Zero rear tires beg for grip. Steering turn-in is good with a neutral feeling and hardly any understeer or oversteer in part due to the front 245/45ZR 20” tires. The independent suspension, with big stabilizer bars, help keep you in the line that you pick on the track despite the heftiness of the Camaro.

The new Camaro was listed as the best selling sports car from May of 2009 to May of 2010. That’s a major accomplishment for Chevrolet leaving behind the Ford Mustang. With Ford introducing a 305hp V6 Mustang and 412hp Mustang GT, the 304hp V6 Camaro and 426hp V8 Camaro SS now has someone else to compete with. Nevertheless, these two icons have been fighting for many decades now so that’s nothing new. Rumor has it that a new Camaro Z28 will have even more power (think Cadillac CTS-V 556hp proportions), which could out-power the current GT500. We are pretty sure GM would not mind using the powerplant in the Cadillac CTS-V in the upcoming Camaro Z28 especially if it means beating the Ford Shelby GT500 in a horsepower race. Let the games begin.

Meanwhile, if you are in the market for some serious American muscle in the form of an iconic classic wearing a sharp outfit and a bowtie, then the Camaro SS is the key to your personal transformation.




















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SPECIFICATIONS

Price: Base SS $31,795 As-Tested $36,515
Type: Midsize Coupe
Where Built: Canada
EPA Class: Compact Cars

Dimensions

Exterior
Length: 190.4 in.
Width: 75.5 in.
Height: 54.2 in.
Wheel Base: 112.3 in.
Curb Weight: 3860 lbs.

Interior
Front Head Room: 37.4 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 56.9 in.
Rear Head Room: 35.3 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 42.5 in.
Front Leg Room: 42.4 in.
Rear Leg Room: 29.9 in.
Luggage Capacity: 11.3 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 4

Performance Data

Number of Cylinders: 8
Engine Size: 6.2 liters
Engine Type: V8
Horsepower: 426 hp
Max Horsepower: 5900 rpm
Torque: 420 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 4600 rpm
Drive Type: RWD
Turning Circle: 37.7 ft.
0-60mph: 4.9 seconds

Fuel Data

Fuel Tank Capacity: 19 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Manual: 16 mpg / 24 mpg / 19 mpg
Range in Miles:
Manual: 304 mi. / 456 mi. / 361 mi.







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