2010 Chevrolet Camaro: Attitude-Adjusting Power, Exceptional Economy
At long last, Chevy's reinvented Camaro has begun rolling off of the production line in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Offering a choice of potent yet fuel-efficient V6 or V8 engines, the well-appointed Coupe has the look and feel of a 21st century muscle car. Maintaining all of the boldly aggressive character its concept progenitor first displayed at the 2006 North American International Auto Show, the 2010 Camaro will hit showrooms this spring with prices starting at $22,745 for a base LS version with six-speed manual transmission. The V6-powered 1LT and 2LT models open at $25,380 and $28,080 respectively, while the buyers requiring the full-on V8 experience can choose between the $30,945 1SS and the $34,930 top-line 2SS variants.
Beyond its formidable stylistic and dynamic attributes, one of the standout features of this new Camaro is its impressive ability to match performance with excellent fuel efficiency. The 304-horsepower/3.6-liter direct-injected V6 in the LS and LT earns 17 city/26 highway mpg when paired with the standard six-speed manual gearbox and even better 18/29 mpg marks when teamed with the optional six-speed automatic. Both sets of EPA figures top those of V6 versions of the 2010 Ford Mustang and the 2009 Dodge Challenger. The Corvette-derived 6.2-liter V8 in the SS comes in two flavors. Opt for a six-speed manual and you get an LS3 version that makes 426 horsepower and earns 16/24 mpg numbers. Going the auto route brings a 6-speed with optional paddle shifters paired with a 400-horse L99 incarnation that features GM's mileage-extending Active Fuel Management cylinder-deactivation system and returns 16/25 mpg. Not too shabby for cars that GM says will sprint from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.
Even in LS guise, the Camaro's generous feature set includes an AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering column, anti-lock brakes, StabiliTrak stability/traction control and six airbags. The LTs add upgraded audio, alloy wheels, fog lamps, and various trim items, including an optional RS appearance package. Beyond their potent V8s, the SS clan also boasts stouter Brembo brakes, a performance suspension and a bigger 20-inch wheel/tire fitment plus enhanced comfort/convenience touches.