2010 Chevrolet Camaro V-6

Sam Smith
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2010 Chevrolet Camaro V-6

Interior: Retro, modestly

As we mentioned above, the Camaros we drove were engineering prototypes, cosmetically rough but mechanically finished. As such, the interiors lacked final production graining and finish, and most of the trim had been assembled and disassembled several times for diagnostic purposes. Still, there was a lot to notice - the '10's Camaro's ergonomics and general layout will be identical to those of the cars we drove, as will the seating and glass layout.

The basics: Yes, there's a huge blind spot in the C-pillar. And, yes, the view out the front is like looking through a mail slot. But fixing either problem would require making the Camaro look . . . well, less like it does now. And the Camaro looks good now, so we don't really care. GM's designers apparently tried a number of different styling solutions for the C-pillar, all of which were aimed at fixing the blind spot problem - ultimately, however, they weren't able to arrive at a solution that both looked good and worked well.

From the driver's seat, things are mildly tunnellike; the thick C-pillars, high doors, and slitlike windscreen combine with the relatively small rear glass to make things mildly claustrophobic. On top of this, the Camaro's wide, long hood makes it feel larger than it really is. Thankfully, both of these factors are somewhat counterbalanced by the fact that you sit higher here than you do in a Challenger or a Mustang, which makes the car feel smaller (and more manageable) around you. And, happily, going down the road, the Camaro feels smaller than either the Ford or the Dodge.

Other details? The wheel is big and fat-rimmed, the dash is thick, and the doors are long and solid without feeling heavy. The transmission tunnel is narrow and long, and your feet disappear into black wells beneath the wide, tall dash. The gauge and console layout is clean, tasteful, and modern, and while the seats could use a little more lateral support, they're still relatively comfortable - especially when you consider that only one seat will be offered across the entire Camaro lineup.

The optional four-instrument gauge cluster on the front of the console has been modified in the past few months, eliminating the torque readout shown in almost all official photography to date. The current gauges offer up oil pressure, oil temperature, electrical system voltage, and transmission temperature. (GM admits that the last one is kind of pointless in a car that will rarely, if ever, see a trailer hitch, but the cluster required four gauges for symmetry.)

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