When the Camaro Concept debuted, everyone from daily drivers to the SS faithful agreed it was a certified, must-build hit. But after the initial excitement, many wondered if the production model would, or even could, capture the energy and vitality of the concept vehicle.
At the 2010 Chevy Camaro unveiling today in Warren, Michigan, and North Hollywood, California, those worries are fading in the rearview mirror. Sales begin early 2009.
Making history again
With a design that is very faithful to the original concept, the 2010 Camaro is a twenty-first century sports car that acknowledges its heritage.
“The new Camaro is just that – new,” said Ed Welburn, Vice President of GM Global Design. “We acknowledge the nameplate’s strong heritage in the design, but recognize that keeping this modern sports car relevant meant more than simply honoring a classic car. The line forms, stance and overall execution are consistent with other new Chevrolets.”
A long front dash-to-axle and short rear deck give the 2010 Chevy Camaro classic proportions, while a sleek windshield profile, wheels pushed to the corners and muscular fender forms are modern elements that reinforce its advanced engineering – and give the car a decidedly aggressive stance.
Elements such as a forward-V shape at the front of the car and “gills” in front of the rear fenders are distinctly Camaro cues, as are the broad rear fender “shoulders.” Those elements make the new Camaro instantly recognizable, but their execution is smoothly integrated into the contemporary exterior form. A family of large, 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels* also contributes to its modern appearance.
A well-executed balance of heritage, modern design and attention to detail also characterizes the 2010 Chevy Camaro interior. A pair of deeply recessed instrument binnacles that features round gauges in square housings is a nod to classic Camaro design, while an available Ambient Light Package offers advanced LED lighting technology to give the cabin a distinctive and inviting glow. Cloth upholstery is standard; heated leather-appointed seats are available on select models.
Details such as large, bright-trimmed controls, low-gloss surfaces and premium fabric or acrylic appliqués convey a richness that is unprecedented in previous Camaro models – and challenging its contemporary competitors. More great detail is evidenced in the available center-console gauge cluster, which takes its cue from a similar option on 1969 Camaro models. It displays oil temperature, oil pressure, state-of-battery and transmission fluid temperature, all highlighted with modern LED backlighting.