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Classic American muscle car returns - and it's rather good

Our Verdict

Chevrolet Camaro muscle car
The Camaro is a brawny muscle car in the truest sense; a two-door coupe that's equipped with a 6.2-litre V8

It’s now on sale officially in the UK, so would you want to buy one?

What is it?

This is the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, the long-awaited revival of General Motors’ classic American muscle car.

First seen in 1967, the iconic design became a production car two years later, and that’s the look that Chevy has chosen to build on with the 2010 version.

The SS is the most powerful version of the new Camaro. Its V8 turns out a solid 422bhp and 420lb ft of torque with the manual transmission, and 394bhp and 410lb ft with the new six-speed automatic.

What’s it like?

At first glance it’s almost like stepping back in time, to a more innocent era when fuel was cheap and a fast enough car could outrun the local traffic cop.

Yet the 2010 Camaro SS is more than just a retro-mobile.

Sure, it’s got the bones of the most popular Camaro in the brand’s long history, with its egg crate grille, Coke bottle silhouette, and the muscular kick-up of its rear shoulders. But this is a decidedly modern interpretation, taking advantage of modern engineering and technology.

The long side aperture, for example, is stamped from a single piece of steel, a task impossible during the classic muscle car era. The 'halo rings' around the headlights add a distinctly modern touch to the design as well.

The classic muscle car was designed to burn rubber, and even with a modern driveline and today’s bigger, better tyres you can generate plenty of smoke when you pop the clutch on the new Camaro's six-speed manual gearbox.

But unlike earlier 'pony cars', the new coupe is more than just a one-shot wonder. Its multi-link independent rear suspension is arguably the best Detroit has ever used in this breed, and it transforms Camaro into a much more nimble and responsive machine than you might expect from a muscle car.

Should I buy one?

The new Camaro SS is reasonably affordable, especially when pitched against its competitors. It's a bit more expensive than its classic rival, the Ford Mustang GT, but the extra horsepower and independent rear suspension more than justify that premium.

If you don’t mind paying for petrol, it’s the real deal. If you like the look but want a bit more fuel efficiency, consider the V6-powered Camaro LS or RS models, which will give you a surprising 36mpg on the motorway.

Paul A. Eisenstein

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26 March 2009

I really do like this car - such a shame it isn't being built in right hand drive!

26 March 2009

This and the new Scirocco - pure evil!

When can we buy a supercharged one...?

26 March 2009

I love it. It looks great, sounds great and drives better than any muscle car ever. It makes the Challenger look like the E-Class based chopped saloon it is. It makes the Mustang look like the cheap clogger it is.

26 March 2009

If Chevrolet is a "world" brand now, does this mean we can at least buy the left hooker versions along side a new Matiz?

Personally, I think this is one of the best looking (and by the looks of it driving) retro muscle cars out of the states yet. Certainly it's the first one I would consider owning.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

26 March 2009

Looks great...but I think I'll reserve judgment until the press calms down a little. Initial rapture could gradually fade into more of a general "meh" in time. Remember the new Mustang.

But don't get me wrong; looks awesome on the face of it.

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26 March 2009

Really, what is the point of these cars? And why does Autocar bother with this and the 'most powerful Vauxhall ever'?

It seems the Americans and Australians haven't learned much from the petrol price boom and bust of the last years. It will boom again. They go on building these stupid cars. Who will buy them? Maybe in the US they will sell some, but here? I doubt it.

I think we need another oil price spike to kill off these monstrosities forever.

Give us more info on the cars we are likely to be buying not these fantasy (nightmare?) machines.

KG

26 March 2009

I noticed a few comments about the Camaro's fuel economy. Please don't get me wrong, I'm not saying its some paragon of thrift. But it should be seen in context...

The Camaro has roughly the same fuel economy as the current Porsche 911. The following are their respective EPA numbers:

  • 2010 Camaro (V8, manual, 426-hp): 16 city / 24 highway
  • 2009 911 Carrera (3.6L, manual, 345-hp): 18 city / 25 highway
  • 2009 911 Turbo (3.6L Turbo, manual, 480-hp): 16 city / 23 highway

Just an FYI...

Karl.

PS: If you're curious to see a comparison review of the modern Pony cars, see: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/Comparos/articleId=144526

26 March 2009

I really like it!!!......it looks ace!!

27 March 2009

[quote slipslop]

Really, what is the point of these cars? And why does Autocar bother with this and the 'most powerful Vauxhall ever'?

It seems the Americans and Australians haven't learned much from the petrol price boom and bust of the last years. It will boom again. They go on building these stupid cars. Who will buy them? Maybe in the US they will sell some, but here? I doubt it.

I think we need another oil price spike to kill off these monstrosities forever.

Give us more info on the cars we are likely to be buying not these fantasy (nightmare?) machines.

[/quote]

You're right. We should all drive around in a 1.0 litre Matiz, the only car that's in any way relevant to the modern world. Nah, just kidding.

The world (your world) would be a very boring place without cars like these, and I think the other responses demonstrate that there are people who would buy "cars like these".

Yours sincerely, from the drivers seat of a Corvette (6K miles a year so probably use about the same amount of fuel as you in your econo-box doing the national average of 12K miles).

27 March 2009

And don't forget to add that the Camaro's engine doesn't require as high an Octane rating as the Porkers'.

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