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2010 Chevy Camaro - The Full Monty

The best strip teases don't last two-and-a-half years. But General Motors has been tantalizing us with concepts, slowly revealing a sexy, angular body, and keeping headlights and underhood goods a mystery - until now.

This is the first official look at the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. Having trouble getting excited? The following delicious details should help increase blood flow.

As you probably know, the new Camaro was designed and engineered collectively by GM North America and GM Australia using the rear-wheel-drive Zeta platform. The car's dimensions differ slightly from the Camaro concept displayed at the 2006 Detroit auto show. The wheelbase has grown by nearly two inches, and the body is more than three inches longer, about an inch taller, and almost four inches slimmer at the waist.

Despite the new measurements, the production car's styling remains virtually identical to that of the concept. B-pillars have been added for safety and structural integrity. Twenty-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Pirelli rubber replace the concept's twenty-one- and twenty-two-inch wheels. And concept-car design elements such as a larger grille and fascia, upper grille lip, and blackout rear diffuser are exclusive to the V-8-powered Camaro SS models. (Chevrolet is not using the traditional Z28 designation.) The V-6 Camaro is available in LS and LT trim. An available RS package adds HID headlights, darker taillight lenses, and bigger, painted wheels.

The cabin is also remarkably faithful to the show car, with rectangular instrument binnacles, a three-spoke steering wheel, optional embroidered seats, and center-mounted auxiliary gauges. Side curtain air bags are standard. LED lighting and colored dashboard accents are available, as well as Bluetooth, a Boston Acoustics sound system, a USB port with an iPod interface, and a sunroof. (True sun worshippers will have to wait until spring 2010 for the convertible.)

Peek under the bulging hood, and the story gets even better. The production car is available with a Corvette-derived 6.2-liter V-8 engine. Although the output figures haven't been certified, GM estimates that the most potent SS model will produce 420 hp and 408 lb-ft of torque from its LS3 V-8, with the L99 V-8-powered car good for 395 hp. The 304-hp, direct-injected, 3.6-liter V-6 (first seen in the 2008 Cadillac CTS) will power LS and LT models. Engines will be linked to either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. Other standard mechanical goodies include stability control, traction control, ABS, and an independent rear suspension. Camaro SS models get exclusive four-piston Brembo brakes.

Al Oppenheiser, GM's global rear-wheel-drive platform chief, is predicting that all Camaros will weigh in at about 3750 pounds, and V-6 cars should achieve a combined fuel economy rating of 26 mpg (thirstier V-8 engines require premium fuel).

Might GM's turbocharged, direct-injection four - or some other more economical powertrain - make an appearance? "Interestingly, die-hard enthusiasts that we talked to were very open to four-cylinder, hybrid, and alternative-powered Camaros," says Camaro product manager Cheryl Pilcher.

"Performance is an important part of the Camaro, but that doesn't necessarily mean V-8 performance. There are other ways to get great horsepower and torque besides a small-block V-8.

"I was so sad, at the time, that we didn't continue [the Camaro] after 2002," adds Pilcher, who worked on the last-generation car. "It's emotional to me, and it was such a neat moment [to be] driving a Camaro again. It just makes your heart and soul feel good.

Chevrolet will pick up the thread in early 2009, when Camaros will start rolling off GM's Oshawa, Ontario, assembly line before arriving in showrooms by February or March next year. For Camaro fans, the long wait is almost over.

  • Chevy Camaro
  • Ford Mustang
  • Dodge Challenger
  • Price Range
  • $22,500-$34,000 (est. )
  • $20,530-$44,780
  • $21,995-$39,995
  • Engines
  • 3.6L DOHC V-6, 304 hp, 273 lb-ft (LS, LT);6.2L OHV V-8, 395 hp, 395 lb-ft (L99);6.2L OHV V-8, 420 hp, 408 lb-ft (LS3)
  • 4.0L SOHC V-6, 210 hp, 240 lb-ft (base);4.6L SOHC V-8, 300 hp, 320 lb-ft (GT);5.4L DOHC V-8, 500 hp, 480 lb-ft (GT500)
  • 3.5L SOHC V-6, 250 hp, 250 lb-ft (SE);5.7L OHV V-8, 370 hp, 398 lb-ft (R/T);6.1L OHV V-8, 425 hp, 420 lb-ft (SRT8)
  • Transmissions
  • 6-speed manual6-speed automatic
  • 5-speed manual5-speed automatic
  • 6-speed manual4- or 5-speed automatic
  • Suspension F/R
  • Strut-type, coil springs/multilink, coil springs
  • Strut-type, coil springs/live axle, coil springs
  • Strut-type, coil springs/multilink, coil springs
  • L X W X H
  • 189.6 x 75.9 x 53.8 in
  • 187.6 x 73.9 x 55.4 in
  • 197.7 x 75.7 x 57.1 in
  • Weight
  • 3750 lb (est. )
  • 3345-3540 lb
  • 3720-4170 lb