I have a sentimental attachment to the Camaro - especially the second-generation car, in which I learned how to master a manual transmission - so I was looking forward to driving the long-awaited 2010 model. In many ways, the Camaro doesn't disappoint. For one, it's an eye-catcher; I got several of waves of recognition and thumbs-up while driving it around town. The engine - especially the 6.2-liter V-8 in this SS model - has more than enough power, and it's mated to a six-speed manual transmission (which is exactly twice as many gears as the Camaro I was driving thirty-some years ago). On the other hand, the interior isn't up to snuff and the car is simply too heavy. To top it off, one of our readers reports that his local dealer is asking for a premium of $19,000 - a "market value charge" - on the SS because of high demand, which hikes up the price to more than $50,000. Still, all is not lost. There are undoubtedly a lot of baby boomers like yours truly who see the Camaro as their ticket to a trip down memory lane.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor