2010 Chevrolet Camaro
2010 Chevrolet Camaro. Click image to enlarge

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Detroit, Michigan – When Chevrolet retired its Camaro in 2002, die-hard enthusiasts lamented the decision. You’d think that 35 years of branding would have enduring value, but presumably, the company believed the Camaro was outdated and no longer relevant.

What a difference a few years (and Bob Lutz) make. Chevrolet is marketing its revived Camaro as a “21st Century sports car,” and you’ve got to admit, it’s right on all counts: Camaro is a sporty car, all right, and this is the 21st Century. But is this the type of car that new-millennium consumers need or want at this particular time?

After all, with the economy… well, let’s not go there. Let’s just pretend you’re in a buying mood, and you’ve just noticed a new car from Chevy, and you can’t keep your eyes off it. Let’s start from there.

The new vehicle’s styling is reminiscent of early Camaro models from 1967-1969. The rear fender, the profile, the lights and grille, they all quote the original cars and give the new version a proper identity that connects it to the past. The 2010 Camaro is 10 centimetres longer than the 1969 version and four cm wider. Wheelbase is increased 10 cm as well, to 2,852 millimetres (112.3-inches), and it gains approximately 140-190 kilograms in weight (about 300-400 pounds), depending on specification.

2010 Chevrolet Camaro; photo courtesy GM
2010 Chevrolet Camaro
2010 Chevrolet Camaro; top photo courtesy GM. Click image to enlarge

But even though there are similarities of style and size, the 2010 Camaro is quite different from its predecessor. Sharper lines, modern proportions between body and glass, and those huge wheels that fill the wells make this car a reinvention, rather than a reinterpretation. It’s its own car, completing, of course, the trio of recently renewed or revived American muscle cars: the Ford Mustang, the Dodge Challenger, and now, the Chevrolet Camaro.

And it’s a successful reinvention: the car has real presence, turning heads, garnering thumbs-up from other motorists, presenting a distinctive and appealing appearance from any angle.

Pricing is competitive, too. The Oshawa, Ontario-built 2010 Camaro can be purchased in one of five trim levels ranging from $26,995 to $40,995. The entry level car is the Camaro LS, moving up to the 1LT, 2LT, 1SS and 2SS.

The 2010 Camaro is based on GM’s Australian-derived, rear-drive Holden Commodore/Pontiac G8 architecture, with the car’s design concept originating in the U.S. Under the hood, your choice is a 3.6-litre, direct injected, dual-overhead camshaft V6 (LS, LT) or a 6.2-litre V8 (SS).

The V6 makes 304 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. torque, mated to a six-speed Aisin AY6 manual transmission or Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic with steering-wheel mounted “TAP-shift.” Fuel consumption is rated at 9.4 L/100 km (auto) and 9.8 (manual) combined city/highway.

There are two iterations of the Corvette-derived, two-valve per cylinder V8. When ordered with the Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission, the engine makes 426 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. When ordered with the Hydra-Matic 6L80 automatic transmission, the V8 receives Active Fuel Management, and 420 hp is generated, with 410 lb-ft torque. Fuel consumption is rated at 10.9 L/100 km (auto) and 10.8 (manual) combined city/highway (see below for detailed fuel consumption figures).

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