First Look: 2010 Chevy Camaro

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We’re now finished with the letdown of a live reveal for the 2010 Camaro, but we do have many photos and more information for you. The muscle car is slated to go on sale in early 2009. With a production start in February, expect it on the streets in March or early April.

The basics of this new muscle car are impressive. There are two engines, a base 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 pumping out 300 hp and 26 mpg highway, and a 6.2-liter V-8 with an estimated 422 hp and 23 mpg on the highway. Chevy trumps both the current Ford Mustang and the new Dodge Challenger in almost every category. Keep reading for more information and a photo gallery.


The LS and LT get the V-6 engine with 300 hp, 273 pounds-feet of torque and either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, plus 18-inch wheels standard. Stability control, four-wheel-disc brakes and an independent rear suspension are standard on all models. There will be an RS appearance package, shown in the images below, for LT and SS models with HID headlamps, a spoiler, unique taillights and 20-inch wheels. Seat-mounted side airbags and side curtain airbags will also be standard.

Move up — way up — to the SS (not shown today) and the 422-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 that breaths life into the base Corvette will be under its hood, complete with an extra hood vent. A six-speed manual – also borrowed from the Corvette – and six-speed automatic transmission will be available. The automatic will feature cylinder deactivation to conserve fuel at cruising speeds.

The SS will also feature competitive/sport modes with launch control for the manual models. All of that should move the 3,860-pound SS — the LT weighs 3,741 pounds — pretty darn fast, although no performance numbers were released.

GM also says the following will be available, but not necessarily standard: Bluetooth, Premium Boston Acoustics sound system, USB connectivity, rear park assist, remote vehicle start, OnStar, XM Satellite Radio.No navigation option was mentioned. Although, neither was a moonroof and one is clearly shown in a number of the press photos.

For those interested, the trunk is 11.3 cubic feet, which is smaller than the Mustang or Challenger. Front legroom is on par with those two muscle cars, but there is an inch less headroom than in the Mustang and 2 less than in the Challenger. The gas tank holds 19 gallons, which is bigger than either of those cars’.

GM will release more information on pricing and content closer to the on-sale date. If you have specific questions we haven’t answered here, let us know in the comments below.

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