2010 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT Coupe

Andrew Trahan
2010 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT Coupe

Bob Lutz has hinted that this Camaro, with its high-output, high-tech V-6, represents the future of performance at General Motors. Having now sampled one, I can say that this future is not as depressing as I'd feared.

With a V-6, automatic, and yellow paint, our car is about as girly as you can possibly make a Camaro - and it's still menacing. Sitting in its parking space it gives the impression of a mean junkyard dog straining against its chain, waiting for you to step a little closer.

Better yet, it's not bad at all to drive. The 3.6-liter V-6 can match neither the output nor the trademark sound of a small-block V-8, but it's a very good engine, and it never feels overmatched by the car's considerable heft. I'd also note that it's considerably more refined than the Nissan/Infiniti and Hyundai V-6s I've sampled of late. The six-speed automatic is likewise no slouch. Put it in sport mode, and it becomes a very quick, smart transmission, downshifting aggressively as you step on the gas or slow for a corner but never trapping you in a lower gear while you're cruising, as some "advanced" dual-clutch units are wont to do.

Inside, the Camaro has grown on me a bit. I'm starting to like that fat, weird looking steering wheel and appreciate the flair added by the four console gauges. It also appears as if some of the interior parts fit together better here than those in the SS we had earlier this summer. To be sure, there is still plenty of room for improvement inside, but I think I could more than live with its shortcomings in return for all that Camaro style.

My biggest disappointment remains in the handling department. If feels too big, too heavy, and too soft. The Mustang at least allows you to pretend you're in something nimble, thanks to its quick turn-in and relatively light weight.

What I'd love to see now from the "new" General Motors is a special, lighter weight model built around a hopped-up version of this 3.6-liter V-6 or perhaps an engine of even smaller displacement. Maybe even call it a Z28. Purists would scream, but they would do well to remember that the Z28 package started out as a lean, mean, mouse-motor-powered machine made for folks who wanted to drive through corners as well as stoplights.

On a somewhat unrelated note, I had a chance to use OnStar for directions and was again reminded what a nifty service it is. Even the priciest in dash navigation systems can't compete with the ease (and safety) of pressing one button and having a real person find your destination.

David Zenlea, Assistant Editor

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jstilling
I also own a 2010 2LT RS V6 auto. It is truly an amazing car for the mature sports car driver. Anyone looking to buy a 3 series BMW coupe should take a look at this car. Great alternative (If you can stand not having a blue & white circle on the back, which is all you are paying for anyway). Also, the reviewers are saying there is a blind spot when trying to pass. I have heard this from so many reviewers and I would like to set them all straight. Do this test. Look in your side view mirror until the car beside you disappears. Then look over your left shoulder. If you do this you will see this car has absolutely no blind spot. None. The 2LT has ultrasonic rear parking assist which is all that's needed for backing up. Awesome car. I would recommend to anyone in the market.
JBsZ06
I enjoyed your review and I'm glad you liked the V6 camaro. I have to agree the 3.6 DI in my FE2 AWD CTS is an impressive motor. I do disagree though as the LS3 in my vette is a far more powerful beast.fwiw..if I were buying a new camaro it would be the LS3. Now if GM would just slap on a dual clutch sequential I'd be opening my wallet yet again. Manual in my vette, automatic in my CTS.. I want a Dual clutch sequential trans for my next vehicle.thanks again for a great review. I'd still rather have a V8!
scrming
Funny you mention the V6's exhaust note. I had a chance to talk briefly with Mr. Oppenheiser (Pre-Woodward Camaro show). One thing we did talk about is the V6 exhaust! I got a chance to show him my custom exhaust which gives my V6 an aggressive sports performance sound. As mentioned by one of the reviewers, most people associate the Camaro with a big V8 sound and have a very hard time accepting a performance V6 sound coming from a Camaro. I hope to change that!
KJFS
I own a 2010 2LT RS (V6 auto) it is an awesome piece of machinery. Goes like hell, handles great, gets lots of compliments. Excellent in every respect.

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