Volume III, Issue 8, Page 4


s part of GM’s global development process, the ’10 Camaro concept originated in the United States, while engineering was directed by GM’s global rear-wheel-drive team in Australia. Subsequently; validation was conducted on roads around the world and assembly will take place at GM’s award-winning Oshawa facility in Canada. Sales begin in the first quarter of 2009. First, a word from Ed Welburn, VP of GM Global Design: “The new Camaro is just that – new. 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.”

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. We experienced this engine in the LTZ Malibu that weighs roughly 100 pounds less than the LT Camaro. In the Malibu, it pulls hard and true and leaves you wanting for nothing. We see no reason why the slightly heavier Camaro shouldn’t produce the same sentiment.
SS models offers the same choice of transmission types. Standard, manual transmission-equipped models have the LS3 engine, estimated at 422 horsepower and 408 lb-ft of torque. We tested this engine in the Corvette and it felt very strong, but the Camaro weighs about 640 pounds more so it won’t feel as spritely. But then, the aftermarket will rear its beautiful head and afford better acceleration than the C6. 
SS Camaros with an automatic transmission use the new L99 engine, which is based on the LS3 and carries all of its high-performance design features, but also includes Active Fuel Management that enables the engine to run on four cylinders during light-load driving to improve fuel economy. The L99 is estimated at 400 horsepower and 395lb-ft of torque and it is hooked to the outstanding 6L80 six-speed transmission.