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by Matt Brogan

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro has finally been revealed in US showroom format – this is the car as it will be available (in the States) from next year.

Built on GM’s new global rear-wheel-drive passenger car platform, the original design concept was conceived in the United States, with engineering shared by teams both in Australia and the US, teams who worked hard to ensure the Camaro’s proud lineage was maintained in this modern form.

Validation was conducted on roads throughout the world while assembly takes place in GM’s Oshawa Plant in Ontario, Canada.

“The new Camaro delivers a modern, advanced package of performance, comfort and technology,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager and General Motors vice president. “It’s a personal car for a generation of enthusiasts, both young and old, that honors the Camaro’s heritage with a thoroughly contemporary design”.

With a design that is very close to the original concept, the 2010 Camaro features a long bonnet and short boot lid (with 320-litre cargo capacity) plus a 67-degree rake to the windscreen and large wheel arches, all of which aim to add to the Camaro’s sporting appeal.

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The Camaro comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, though can be optioned with 19 or 20-inch wheels. All models also feature the classic “V” design motif in the nose, along with a power dome in the aluminum bonnet. On SS models, a simulated air intake is located in the upper front fascia and the lower air intake is larger. Gills located in the front of the rear quarter panel also are familiar Camaro styling cues.

On the top, designers took a cue from Corvette and sculpted twin cockpits across the roof, giving the vehicle a distinctive Chevrolet presence. From the outside, the B-pillar is invisible to the eye, lending the true appearance of a hardtop coupe.

Ten exterior colours are available and include Black, Victory Red, Rally Yellow and Silver Ice Metallic. Red Jewel Tintcoat is also available as an option. The colour palette also includes Cyber Grey Metallic, Aqua Blue Metallic, Inferno Orange Metallic, White and Imperial Blue Metallic.

An RS appearance package is available on LT and SS. It includes HID headlamps with integrated halo rings, a rear spoiler on LT, specific tail lamps and 20-inch wheels with a Midnight Silver finish.

Inside the four-passenger cabin, a well-executed balance of retro-heritage feel and modern design is applied to all details including most especially the cluster, switches, dials and lighting.

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Deep, recessed gauges, located in square housings outlined in chrome, give a nod to the classic Camaro interior. The instrument panel gauges include both speedometer and tacho with a driver information centre located between the large gauges – its readouts and features are controlled via a stalk on the steering column. An optional, console-mounted gauge package includes oil pressure, oil temperature, volts and transmission fluid temperature. The gauge package is included on 2LT and 2SS models.

Cloth upholstery is standard and leather-appointed seats are included on 2LT and 2SS models. Heated, leather-trimmed seats with driver six-way power adjustment are optional. Safety technologies include dual front, side and curtain airbags.

All models include a three-spoke steering wheel with manual tilt/telescope adjustment. Cruise control and rear defog also are standard, while a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; redundant steering wheel controls; Bluetooth and USB port are part of the available Driver Convenience and Connectivity package. Also included in the package is remote start on automatic transmission-equipped vehicles, as well as a personal device interface module for iPods.

Soon after production begins, customers will also be able to order a short-throw Hurst shifter that provides quick, concise shifting.





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