Fact file: Chevrolet Camaro
An automotive icon reborn
- Segment: Sportscar
- In model range since: as of autumn 2011
The all-new Chevrolet Camaro is finally coming to Europe. The high performance sports coupé and the convertible are scheduled to arrive at European Chevrolet showrooms in autumn 2011.
With a strong, low-slung stance and front to rear body proportions that remain faithful to the original concept, the design of the new Camaro acknowledges its rich past without being trapped in a 'retro' focus. Attention to detail and expressing a balance between heritage and modernity, characterizes the new Camaro's interior. A pair of deeply recessed instrument binnacles, with round gauges in square housings, is a nod to classic Camaros. This contrasts with an ambient light package which uses advanced LED light pipe technology to give the cabin a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Detailing, such as large, chrome-trimmed controls, low-gloss surfaces and premium fabric or acrylic trim appliqués, conveys a quality level never seen before in the Camaro. More attention to detail is evident in the center-console gauge cluster. It takes its cue from a similar option on 1969 Camaros, but now adds contemporary LED backlighting.
A superb 432 hp, 6.2-liter V8 engine generating 569 Nm of torque gives the new Camaro the muscle to match its looks. First seen on the 2008 Corvette, this engine features high-flow cylinder heads for good low-end torque and strong top-end power. When fitted with the six-speed automatic transmission, it delivers 405 hp/556 Nm and includes GM's fuel-saving Active Fuel Management system, enabling it to cruise on only four cylinders during light load conditions.
Electronic stability control (GM's StabiliTrak system) and traction control both come as standard equipment. A Competitive/Sport mode is adjustable for performance driving, such as on track days. With the six-speed manual transmission, this also includes a Launch Control feature for consistently quick take-offs. The large, ventilated disks (355/365 mm), clamped by four-piston aluminum Brembo calipers, ensure impressive braking performance and are also designed to withstand punishing track day use. The front suspension uses a multi-link strut arrangement with a double ball-joint configuration. The unique, 4.5-link independent rear suspension is double-isolated from the chassis for a smoother, quieter driving experience. The Camaro offers comprehensive safety features, including dual-stage front airbags, front seat- mounted thorax side airbags and head curtain airbags for front and rear occupants.
Status: September 2010