The 2010 Chevy Camaro is like the Chinese Democracy of the auto world.
Like the infamous Guns n’ Roses album, the Camaro has been plagued by a painfully slow release, a ton of hype, some leaked photos, and of course some controversy.
Luckily for both Chevrolet and Axl Rose, public interest in these products only tends to grow as time passes. 2008 was the year we finally experienced the release of Chinese Democracy… will 2009 be the year we can finally get our right foot on the accelerator of a Camaro?
My magic 8-ball points to yes.
The 2010 Camaro concept was unveiled way back in 2006 at the North American International Auto Show. Of course it was a huge hit, but remained just a concept through the next couple of years with all kinds of rumors about whether or not it would make it into production.
Now that the V6 version of the Camaro has been test driven by the folks at Road & Track, it seems we can officially count on a release to the masses later this year. While I think every Camaro fan in the world would rather see the high performance SS edition first, the debut of the LT V6 should be enough to pacify us all.
Here’s a brief summary of what Road & Track said of the V6:
With 300 bhp on tap from its direct-injected 3.6-liter dohc V-6, Chevy expects that the car, with additional tweaking, may be capable of breaking the 6-second mark going 0-60 mph by the time it is launched, while delivering highway mileage in the high 20s with a sticker in the mid-$20,000 range.
That sounds like a winning combination to me, and may prove to be worth the long wait we’ve all had to endure.
Do you think launching a new Camaro is a smart move for GM right now?