2010 Camaro 2LT COUPE

29 Nov 2009 | 1,587 views | No Comment
2010 chevy camaro Price as Tested:  $30,455.00 The first-generation Chevrolet Camaro appeared on September 26, 1966, for the 1967 model year.  Its rugged good looks, fat tires, and big engine instantly appealed to car enthusiasts.   Over the subsequent years, Camaro fans have been happy and disappointed with design and engine changes. Enter 2010.  It could be time for the true Camaro fans to rejoice once again.  Our Rally-Yellow model arrived polished and ready to drive.  Before I could get behind the seat, I was interrupted by a passer-by, “Wow, is that the new Camaro?”  This became a common occurrence over the next few hours.  Everywhere I went, eyes filled with envy; they would have to wait. The newly re-designed Camaro is elegant.  Its smooth and sinuous lines draw your eye in, and keep your attention.  Gone are the awkward shapes and mismatched wheels of Camaros past; this vehicle has the commanding presence of a memorable sports car.   When the massive doors are ajar, you can tell that this is a cruiser; a car designed for two, even though it comes with four seats.  The oversize doors hang on extra heavy hinges, and are a significant portion of the side of the car.  Our coupe came equipped with the RS package, including 20”X8” front tires and 20”X9” rear tires, flangeless painted aluminum wheels with a midnight silver finish – in a word, exquisite.  High-intensity headlamps with halo rings enhance to the compelling design.  The final Camaro touch?  The rear spoiler – not too big, but noticeable enough to complete the “look at me” design. Power is provided via a six cylinder, 3.6 Liter V6 W/WT & DI producing 304 horsepower coupled with a 6-speed manual accompanied with sport suspension and power variable ratio steering.  You may be wondering why anyone would even consider purchasing a Camaro without the V-8.  The answer?  The 3.6 Liter has so much torque that it mimics an 8-cylinder engine.  Floor the gas pedal and you’ll understand – zero to 60 in 6.1 seconds.  It’s easy to burn up tires even from a standstill; not something I’ve experienced with any other six cylinder.  Nice job Chevy.  If you really want serious power opt for the 6.2 Liter LS3 V-8 (zero to 60 in 4.6 seconds).   Like the old muscle cars of the 60’s and 70’s, steering and handling are good, but not exceptional.  The driver feels in touch with the road, but not “one” with it. Inside the vehicle you’ll find a simple, straightforward console.  All of the gauges are at or near eye-level and easy to decipher.  The numbers on the speedometer and tachometer are old school, stretched and elongated just like the old days.  A quadrant of auxiliary gauges just beyond the shifter measure oil pressure and temperature, voltage, and transmission fluid temperature.  Our model was equipped with the newest in audio tech, including a Boston Acoustics premium nine-speaker audio system with an MP3 and I-pod interface.  Free XM Satellite Radio is included for six months, after which there’s a monthly fee.   Bluetooth is standard.  The seats are firm and comfortable, and came with the optional heat mechanism.  A leather wrapped steering wheel has buttons for audio and cruise control. The 2010 Camaro is equipped with dual stage frontal with passenger sensing and side impact thorax protection system.  Also included as a safety feature are front and rear head curtain side airbags.  One-year OnStar directions with automatic crash response and turn by turn navigation are provided (ask your dealer for details).  Four-wheel antilock brakes are standard, as is a battery run-down protection system. The Camaro is back.  With its new design, capable power-plant, and added technological systems, it’s sure to appeal to many driving enthusiasts.  The six-cylinder engine is plenty powerful, but if that’s not enough (although it surely can be) you can select the monstrous LS-3 V-8 producing 422 horsepower; just hold on to your socks and watch for those red and blue lights in your rear view mirror.

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