Chevrolet releases full details of the 2010 Camaro and kicks off its production

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

The fuel economy of the V6 models are 18mpg for city limits and 29mpg for highway driving in auto transmission version or 18mpg city driving and 25mpg with the 6-speed manual transmission. The economical V6, although economical, can still generate 304hp due to its SIDI (spark ignition direct injection) technology, which permits the exact metering of fuel consumption and very high compression ratios of 11.3:1 on standard pump gas.

With that kind of ratio, most powerplant would require premium. The models equipped with V8 engines come with 16mpg for city and, like before, the automatic is more economical than the manual, with 25mpg on the highway in contrast to the manual's 24mpg.

This economy is partly due to the L99's Active Fuel Management displacement-on-demand system, but it has to give up 26hp to the LS3 in the manual. The General is quick to point out that this is a considerable improvement form the Dodge Challenger SRT8's fuel consumption of 14mpg city and 22mpg highway scores.

Every Camaro receives intake runners that have been acoustically tuned and also a roller-lifter style camshaft with 5% bigger intake valve lift compared to the LS3 Corvette. The maximum power of all three powerplants is attained at 5,200rpm, but torque is peaked at various engine speeds. The V6, which comes with a maximum torque of 273lb-ft (370Nm) at 5,200rpm, the L99 V8 which generates 410lb-ft (556Nm) at 4,300rpm and the LS3 with 420lb-ft (569Nm) attained at 4,600rpm.

The V8 engines provide enough low-end power to provide satisfactory acceleration rates while the V6 requires all the power it has especially when joined with the 3,700 lbs chassis of the Camaro. Available video illustrate that the Rally Yellow Camaro will come with the RS appearance pack and a trim level that cannot yet be precisely determined but by the sound of it it's probably going to be an SS model powered by a V8. The RS appearance pack costs $1,450 on top of the LT trim, of $1,200 for the SS which also comes with HID headlamps, a spoiler 20 inch wheels, darker taillights and roof-ditch molding matching the color of the body.

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is a sports car for the 21st century that remains loyal to its original concept by not forgetting its roots. Its sleek windshield profile, the muscular fenders, and the wheels that have been pushed to its corners, show the Camaro’s modern elements that emphasize the advanced engineering involved, giving it a rather aggressive stance. However its short rear deck and the long front dash-to-axle have the classis proportions that many have loved about the Camaro.

There remain many elements in the 2010 Camaro that can be recognized immediately but are structured in a way that they are integrated in its modern-day exterior form. These characteristics include its broad back fender “shoulders,” the “gills” located in the back quarter panels, and of course, the forward-V shape at the front. Its large wheels, in 18-inch, 1-inch, or 20-inch variants, give it the modern look that it needs.

The new 2010 Camaro is indeed new, according to vice president of GM Global Design Ed Welburn. Welburn admits that while they incorporated in the design the strong heritage of the nameplate, the company also understood that making the 2010 Camaro relevant was more than just honoring what made it a classic car. Its stance, line forms, and the overall execution are consistent with the other recent Chevrolet models that have come out, adds Welburn. In addition, its interior is characterized by a good balance of modern design and heritage with special attention to detail. Other features that show a throwback to the classis models are the pair of instrument binnacles that are deeply recessed and feature round gauges inside square housings.

The 2010 Camaro’s ambient light package has the advanced LED light pipe technology, giving the cabin a rather distinctive yet inviting glow. The standard cloth upholstery and heated leather-appointed seats are of course included. Additional details like the low-gloss surfaces and the premium fabric, chrome-trimmed controls, or even acrylic appliqués express the richness that older models don’t possess but is expected to challenge the Camaro’s modern competitors.

Still on the matter of details, its center-console gauge cluster is reminiscent of the 1969 models while the gauges themselves, oil pressure, oil temperature, transmission fluid temperature, and state-of-battery, are displayed through a modern LED backlighting. The strong body structure of the 201 Camaro enhances handling, safety, and quietness. It was built using the global rear-wheel-drive architecture of GM. The accurate tolerances between the different body panels and the one-piece body side stampings express the attention to detail and world-class build quality that are found in every Camaro.

To ensure a quitter and smoother driving experience, the 2010 Camaro has independent suspensions on the front and back that are mounted to a rigid chassis; it has a multi-link strut arrangement that contains a direct-acting stabilizer bar with a double ball-joint configuration; and the 4.5-link rear suspension double-isolated from Camaro’s chassis. The Camaro’s different models have their own suspensions as well.

The SS for instance has the FE3 suspension with a lower ride height while both the LT and LS models have the FE2 suspension. Each of the suspensions has been tuned in order to match the performance capabilities found in their particular powertrains, as well as, the wheel-and-tire combinations. For more direct action, improved weight balance, and the heightened feeling of a driver feedback, the 2010 Camaro has a variable-rate rack-and-pinion power steering system that allows the rack forward of the front axle to be mounted.

Press Release

Chevrolet Unveils The 2010 Camaro - A Fun, Efficient Sports Car For The 21st Century

Chevrolet introduced the production 2010 Camaro today. It is a heritage-inspired sports car for the 21 st century, combining great looks and performance; advanced technology and surprising efficiency – including 26-mpg estimated highway fuel economy. Sales begin in the first quarter of 2009.

Built on GM's new, global rear-wheel-drive architecture, the Camaro is offered in V-6-powered LS and LT models, as well as the V-8-powered SS. All models and powertrain combinations include fuel-saving six-speed transmissions.

"Camaro delivers all of the things that make Chevrolet such a revered, global brand," said Ed Peper, GM North America vice president, Chevrolet. "It competes with the world's best sports cars and does so with styling, fuel economy and value our competitors simply can't match."

Advanced powertrain technologies, including engines with direct injection and Active Fuel Management, enable a satisfying balance of exhilarating performance and good fuel economy.

"The new Chevrolet Camaro delivers a thoroughly modern, advanced package of performance, comfort and technology," said Peper. "It's a sports car for a new generation of enthusiasts that doesn't forget the heritage that helped make the original a cultural icon . That is no small feat and it took a worldwide commitment to achieve it."

Indeed, the 2010 Camaro exemplifies GM's global development process. The design concept originated in the United States; engineering was directed by GM's global rear-wheel-drive team in Australia; validation was conducted on roads around the world and assembly will take place at GM's award-winning Oshawa facility in Canada.

Product highlights include:

  • Sleek styling with contemporary cues and 10 available exterior colors
  • LS and LT models offered with an advanced, 3.6L direct-injected V-6 engine with variable valve timing and a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions
  • SS model offered with 6.2L V-8 – including fuel-saving Active Fuel Management on automatic-equipped combinations – and a six-speed manual transmission
  • Four-wheel independent suspension system, including a 4.5-link rear suspension
  • Variable-rate power steering with the rack mounted forward of the front axle for greater driver feel
  • Four-wheel disc brake systems standard on all models, including four-piston Brembo calipers on SS models
  • Stabilitrak stability control system and traction control standard on all models
  • Competitive/Sport modes for the stability system offered on SS models, including launch control on SS models equipped with the six-speed manual transmission
  • Family of 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels
  • Detailed interior with heritage-inspired design, excellent attention to detail and available ambient lighting via LED light pipe technology
  • Robust body structure and exceptional build quality
  • Six standard air bags, including head curtain side-impact air bags and front seat-mounted thorax side air bags
  • RS appearance package available on LT and SS, including HID headlamps with integrated halo rings, spoiler, specific taillamps and 20-inch wheels
  • The new Camaro also has technologies that enhance performance, comfort and convenience, including:
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Premium Boston Acoustics audio system
  • USB connectivity
  • Ultrasonic rear parking assist (late introduction)
  • Remote vehicle starting system
  • OnStar
  • XM Satellite Radio
  • Additionally, details such as frameless door windows with automatic indexing glass contribute to the overall feeling of quality, substance and technical prowess.

Design details

With a design that is very faithful to the original concept, the 2010 Camaro is a 21 st century sports car that acknowledges its heritage. A long front dash-to-axle and short rear deck give the Camaro classic proportions, while a sleek windshield profile, wheels pushed to the corners and muscular fender forms are modern elements that reinforce its advanced engineering – and give the car a decidedly aggressive stance.

Elements such as a forward-V shape at the front of the car and "gills" in the rear quarter panels are distinctly Camaro cues, as are the broad rear fender "shoulders." Those elements make the new Camaro instantly recognizable, but their execution is smoothly integrated into the contemporary exterior form. A family of large, 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels also contributes to the Camaro's modern appearance.

"The new Camaro is just that – new," said Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design. "We acknowledge the nameplate's strong heritage in the design, but recognize that keeping this modern sports car relevant meant more than simply honoring a classic car. The line forms, stance and overall execution are consistent with other new Chevrolets."

A well-executed balance of heritage, modern design and attention to detail also characterizes the Camaro's interior. A pair of deeply recessed instrument binnacles that feature round gauges in square housings is a nod to classic Camaros, while an available ambient light package offers advanced LED light pipe technology to give the cabin a distinctive and inviting glow. Cloth upholstery is standard; heated leather-appointed seats are available.

Details such as large, chrome-trimmed controls, low-gloss surfaces and premium fabric or acrylic appliqués convey a richness that is unprecedented in previous Camaro models – and challenge its contemporary competitors. More great detail is evidenced in the available center-console gauge cluster, which takes its cue from a similar option on 1969 Camaros. It displays oil temperature, oil pressure, state-of-battery and transmission fluid temperature, all highlighted with modern LED backlighting.


An advanced, efficient 3.6L direct-injected V-6 with variable valve timing is standard on LS and LT models. Direct injection technology helps the engine deliver more power through increased efficiency, while maintaining fuel economy and lowering emissions. That means less fuel is consumed and lower emissions generated – including a 25-percent drop in cold-start hydrocarbon emissions.

The Camaro's 3.6L engine also employs variable valve timing to optimize performance and fuel economy across the rpm range. It is rated at an estimated 300 horsepower (224 kW) and 273 lb.-ft. of torque (370 Nm). A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the 3.6L engine; a Hydra-Matic 6L50 electronically controlled six-speed automatic, with TAPshift control, is available.

The high-performance Camaro SS is equipped with a powerful 6.2L V-8, with a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Standard, manual transmission-equipped models receive the LS3 engine, estimated at 422 horsepower (315 kW) and 408 lb.-ft. of torque (553 Nm). The LS3 debuted on the 2008 Corvette and uses high-flow cylinder heads based on the Corvette Z06's LS7 engine to enable great low-end torque and high-rpm power. It is paired with a TR6060 six-speed transmission.

A new, L99 V-8 engine is used on automatic transmission-equipped SS models. It is based on the LS3 and carries all of its high-performance design features, but also includes GM's fuel-saving Active Fuel Management feature. It enables the engine to run on only four cylinders during light-load driving conditions, such as highway cruising, to improve fuel economy. The V-8 is estimated at 400 horsepower (299 kW) and 395 lb.-ft. of torque (535 Nm); and it is matched with a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed transmission. This combination delivers an estimated 23 mpg on the highway.

Body structure and chassis

The 2010 Camaro is built on GM's global rear-wheel-drive architecture, with a strong body structure that enhances safety, quietness and handling. World-class build quality and attention to detail are enabled by features including one-piece body side stampings and very precise tolerances between body panels.

Front and rear independent suspensions are mounted to the rigid chassis, including a multi-link strut arrangement in the front with a direct-acting stabilizer bar and a double ball-joint configuration; and a unique, 4.5-link rear suspension that is double-isolated from the chassis for smoother, quieter driving experience.

Camaro offers two suspensions. LS and LT models receive an FE2 (sport) suspension, while the SS receives the FE3 (performance) suspension, including a lower ride height. Each is tuned to match the performance capabilities of their respective powertrains, as are their wheel-and-tire combinations.

A variable-rate rack-and-pinion power steering system mounts the rack forward of the front axle, for more direct action, an enhanced feeling of driver feedback and better weight balance.

Brakes and chassis control

Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS are standard on all models. LS and LT models receive single-piston calipers all around, with mass-reducing aluminum rear calipers. SS models have larger rotors that are acted upon by four-piston, aluminum Brembo calipers at all four corners. They are designed to stand up to the severe use encountered on road-race tracks, delivering excellent feedback and pedal feel, as well as fade-resistant performance during racing.

GM's StabilTrak electronic stability control system is standard and incorporates traction control. The system on SS models includes Competitive/Sport mode that is adjustable for performance driving, such as on a racetrack; it also includes a Launch Control feature on SS models with the manual transmission. It enables quicker, more consistent takeoffs during performance driving.


Designed to protect occupants before, during and after a crash, the Camaro offers a comprehensive system of safety features – starting with a robust body structure and integral safety cage around the passenger compartment. High-strength steel and ultra high-strength steel are used in key areas throughout the structure.

Safety technologies integrated in the Camaro include:

  • Driver and front-passenger dual-stage air bags
  • Driver and front-passenger seat-mounted thorax side-impact air bags
  • Head curtain side-impact air bags for front and rear seat occupants
  • Front seat safety belt load limiters and pre-tensioners
  • The front passenger protection system senses children and small-stature adults and suppresses air bag deployment when appropriate.

Standard OnStar service assists after a crash. With OnStar's Advanced Crash Response System, the vehicle automatically sends a signal to OnStar for assistance, even if the air bags don't deploy.

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