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In a surprise move, simultaneously hosted in Melbourne, Australia, and the United States, General Motors has revealed the production ready version of the iconic Chevrolet Camaro sports car.

CarAdvice was at the Australian reveal, which took place at GM Holden’s Melbourne headquarters before a crowd of several hundred excited employees, many of who had worked on the project to develop the rear-wheel drive sports car for the US market.

The Australian-based designers and engineers involved in the new heritage-inspired coupe, led by Gene Stefanyshyn, GM’s Global Vehicle Line Executive, were on hand in Melbourne for the reveal.

The sinister black Camaro was parked on the forecourt of GM Holden HQ with a collection of earlier Camaro’s including the 1969 Camaro SS of reigning V8 Supercar Champion Garth Tander.

Tander, a Camaro enthusiast, told CarAdvice he would be “very happy” to add a new Camaro to his collection, should GM decide to build the car in right-hand drive.

Chevrolet Camaro Melbourne Reveal

GM Holden says the new Camaro exemplifies GM’s global development process with the design concept originating in the United States; engineering directed by GM’s global rear-wheel-drive team in Australia; validation conducted on roads around the world; and assembly to take place in Canada.

With GM’s global rear-wheel drive team based in Australia, much of the design and engineering work for the new Camaro, which uses a modified version of the Zeta platform originally developed for the VE Commodore, was undertaken in Victoria, giving this vehicle an important place in Australia’s automotive history.

Australian, Peter Hughes, Camaro Exterior Design Manager, said they made sure there were many elements and cues that remained distinctly Camaro to make the new model instantly recognisable.

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“We’re incredibly proud of how faithful the production version is to the original concept. This is a 21st century sports car that acknowledges its iconic heritage, while at the same time is smoothly integrated into a very contemporary exterior,” Mr Hughes said.

Details such as frameless door windows contribute to the overall feeling of quality, substance and technical prowess.

Mr Hughes said a well-executed balance of heritage, modern design and attention to detail also characterises the Camaro’s interior. A pair of deeply recessed instrument binnacles that feature round gauges in square housings gives a nod to classic Camaros.

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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.

Advanced power train technologies, including engines with direct injection and Active Fuel Management, give the vehicle a balance of exhilarating performance and good fuel economy.

Gene Stefanyshyn, GM’s Global Vehicle Line Executive, who led the Australian-based engineering team on this project, said they had four key objectives when creating the new Chevrolet Camaro.

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“The first was to create a bold and beautifully styled vehicle – inside and out. The second was to ensure it had the ride, handling and performance dynamics of a true sports car. The third was to create a vehicle, which boasts pristine quality.

Finally, we wanted to back all this with outstanding value,” Stefanyshyn said.

“This vehicle exhibits the depth and capability of our Design and Engineering teams here in
Australia and I am incredibly proud of what they have achieved to help make this vehicle a reality.”

Under the bonnet of the new Camaro is an advanced, efficient 3.6L direct-injected V-6 with variable valve timing, which 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 hydrocarbon emissions.

Chevrolet Camaro Video
Click on the image to see a video of the new Camaro revving at the Melbourne reveal.

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, which uses high-flow cylinder heads based on the Corvette Z06’s LS7 engine enabling great low-end torque and high- rpm power.

A new, L99 V-8 engine is used on automatic transmission-equipped SS models. This 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. This enables the engine to run on only four cylinders during light-load driving conditions, such as highway cruising, to improve fuel economy.


  • AW

    The front end looks better than the rear. I like it on the whole.

  • Frugal One

    GM loss money month after month, BIGT make more and more month after month.

    BIGT dont do a Camaro or similiar….

    Message in that!

    We already had our own, in fact under the Camaro lives a Monaro [even the name is similar!]

    Waste of time, go ahead and sell it GM, in 3/4 years will be off the market, the worlds going off V8′s, looks like i missed the boat……

    Cheers

    F-0

  • Skybreak

    Very nice. Can’t wait to see the Camaro onsale here.

    I’ll also be glad to see our Commodores with the DI V6′s and Displacement on Demand V8′s.

    Any guess on when Holden will release the “VE series 2″ or VF or whatever they will call it?

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony

    On the whole, a great looking car although, I’m not totally sold on the rear styling. I think a round tail light setup would have looked better. But I’m no designer, just my opinion.

  • Roddy

    I’m taking donations now for my Camaro fund

    Frugal One…isn’t there a forum for whitegoods you could be spamming? Try http://www.kelvinator.com

  • Adam (aka Mada)

    Roddy…

    LOL nice one.

    Only 300HP from GM’s DI HF V6 though?

    Holden has never said when the VE will get DI.

    I like the camaro and it should handle like a 2 door VE, nothing wrong with that.

  • Richo

    Skybreak – displacement on demand for the V8′s will hit commodores later this year. Direct injection will land in the VF upgrade in 2009 along with a 6 speed auto

    new comaro looks great, i like it. Love to hear how it drives

  • Richo

    Adam – nothing too wrong with 225kw out of a naturally aspirated 3.6ltr V6 mate. It’s 33kw behind porsche’s new 3.6 DI flat 6 which, given the price difference, isn’t too bad at all!

  • o

    i like it that holden has recieved recognition.
    I rreckon this is a poroto though and not a final as on the US pic the rear lights are boht red.ALso everyonewho keeps on sayong that gm is bleeding money with this remember it is based on the VE which means huge cost savings,R&D and engineerign.lik what vw does with all of ts models.

  • Duck

    Skybreak, the VF Holden Commodore will be released in 2010!

  • BOSSCR

    Front looks awesome, rear looks shocking. Tail-lights look wrong, like they’re part of a dodgy body kit someones put on an Integra. I also dont like how you can see the rear mufflers, much like on the pre-update Focus… Does anyone know wait details…..?

  • senator

    O this is not the proto, this is obviously the reveal of the actual production car model to be released in the USA. The concept or proto was released in the melbourne international motor show a few years back.

    Richo when do u rkn series 2 will come out? (september?)
    Possibility of the new L99, being released in the VE?. Which is in the new camoro which has active fuel mangement(299KW 536NM) as oppossed to their top of the line LS3 at 315kw and 555Nm.

  • technofreak

    Beautiful car….but too late. Will only be a concept could have been.

  • Roddy

    huh?

    This is the actual build of the car…

  • http://www.littlepixiegifts.com.au Gift-Ed

    I love this car. Have done ever since the first concept was unveiled. With further developed VE underpinnings it should handle as well as it goes.

    I wonder how long the rumoured 4cyl turbo will take to appear if petrol prices keep skyrocketing…

    Great to see the Aussies getting their kudos. Holden are really getting a lot of respect in the GM world.

    Senator, a series 2 VE is very unlikely given the constant running changes being introduced. The intro of the current spec VE in Sportwagon form ensures the next major upgrade will be the VF – like Richo says, with major powertrain updates. It’s a shame, the Commodore is so good in other ways, it really deserves the best drivetrain they could put in it.

  • Tom

    Gift-Ed, don’t necessarily assume that the turbo will use less fuel, by laboring the big car on a smaller engine.

    This can be considered a preview as to what the series 2 VE, or VF commodore will give us.

    A 10L/100km direct injection 6 speed auto, 225kw 6 cylinder engine. Now that sounds impressive.

    The Holden v8′s will be bumped up to the 6.2L L99 with the DOD. We have already seen the LS3 performance range in our HSV’s.

    Oh and GM, Sell the Camaro here! It might be the closest thing we get to a new Monaro.

  • Frosty

    There is talk of a slight cosmetic upgrade coming before christmas with the D.O.D and possibly the direct injection V6. The cosmetic upgrade may include relocation of side indicators to the wing mirrors and tweaks to the Taillights although I expect the latter to be more likely VF which a little birdy told me could be prior to Christmas 2009. With the fact that the current Commodore Generation lasting 6 years compared to the VT-VZ going for 8 years from 1998 to 2006. It makes sense that going on the same basis that Holden has had in the past for example on average there were 4 models in that 8 year period VT, VX, VY and VZ that in the 6 years of the current generation that instead of having 3 models on a average of 1 every 2 years Holden have 2 models with 3 year life span. That would make it 2009 for the new model. Having only 2 models in 6 years would help costwise as any major changes are limited to 2 instead of 3 and any minor upgrades could be handled as is curretly happening with the Commodore in the idea of a MY07, MY08 and MY09.

  • Glen

    Is it me or does the design seem to be dated already? Don’t get me wrong its a nice looking car but I think with the concept being revealed almost 2 years ago its not exactly fresh.

    To those who say V8′s are going out. They said that 30 years ago with the last energy crisis. Heck they still make V10s and V12s and what about W16s. There will always be a market for muscle cars

  • senator

    “We’re incredibly proud of how faithful the production version is to the original concept,” says Holden’s Peter Hughes, Camaro Exterior Design Manager.

    Just shows how similiar the cars are, amazing job by holden engineers. Looks almost like the concept!

  • Jamison

    I think it looks better than the Mustang…

    I’m sick of Mustangs on the road here, novelty wore off after the 100th one I saw in a day.

    This would be the same in about a years time, atleast its better looking.

  • CoconutPhotography

    Stunning! It’s only a matter of time until we see photos of “Bumblebee” copies driving on American streets :D. I’m not too sure about the tail lights but apart from that I think it’s great and to top that off, it was built in Australia!!!

    I would certainly buy one if they decide to sell them here!!

    A true Camaro, the only true Camaro since the 67-69 models!

  • Fenno

    I want mine to transform and then i’m heading to the middle east to sort out these fuel prices. That should fix everything eh?…

  • Flying High

    What’s not to like? Lets hope it goes on sale here.

    I am dissapointed that FO tried to bring Toyota into the blog. Again. Fair dinkum. Is Toyota hiring ppl to make these comments to give some cred to the zzzzz modes of transport they choose to call cars? Can we have at least one story on this site without someone needing to mention that whitegoods company? Please…. Toyota dont even come close to making anything with this much soul….

  • FORD MAN

    Finaly,an aussie car company with balls, the VE HSV range truly looks outstanding. Maloo ute, awesome. Ford lost the plot with latest styling, and now, the comaro, beasty muscle. If this car performs like she looks and is on market here in Australia BOSS is getting traded in, no question. On ya GMH

  • anjilina

    Does any1 know if this car is gona go on sale here in oz, wens is it realesd an the price?????

  • 4568934

    The two outer amber tail lights look out of character, and leaves only the two red inner light illuminated at night time, which is in sufficient in my opinion. It would have been better if the lower half of all four lights where amber, top part remians red. You will need the four red lights, like it is on the U.S. model. Car is build in Canada btw, not Australia. They are a common sight on the roads here, but I never saw one in Australia in 2010 – 2012 when I was there. So much for bragging Australia has them.