As a dyed-in-the-wool Camaro guy (my dad owned four F-bodies when I was growing up), I was initially concerned that this new car would be too different from the bruisers I remembered. Now, I'm not sure if it's different enough.
On paper, it's hard to see how this could be the case. The new Camaro shares little of its genetics with its most recent, fourth-generation forebear aside from a further-evolved version of the GM small-block. No surprise, the LS3 is absolutely awesome. I wish you could hear a bit more of it at idle, but there's no doubt this is a real pushrod V-8 when you lay into the gas pedal. Otherwise, the Camaro has much more in common with the Pontiac G8, having been largely developed by the same Australian group that gave us the last Pontiac GTO. Why, then, does this thing still have absurdly heavy doors, a hard, cheap plastic interior, and scarcely any view out? These were some of the very faults that hurt the last Camaro and "Batmobile" Pontiac Firebird.
What this Camaro has in its favor are drop-dead-gorgeous looks. One might have thought the styling would have lost its impact after several years on the auto show circuit and a starring role in a blockbuster movie, but it still causes plenty of rubber necking in traffic.... Read full article