This might be the only time a bow-tie appears on the front page of this magazine! A concept Camaro was revealed by GM at the Detroit auto show. They said this concept is to get a feel for the public’s response and interest in bringing back the car. Heck, I think even Ford guys would like to see a worthy competitor back on the road. Right?
Here is the official release from GM Media:
DETROIT ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Combining dramatic design and exciting performance, the Chevrolet Camaro Concept recaptures the spirit of one of the most popular sport coupes of all time and redefines the Camaro for new generations of fans. The goal is to make the sport coupe relevant to younger enthusiasts while retaining its appeal to its current fans.
Though only a show car at this point, the Camaro Concept is intended to explore customer reaction to design and engineering elements that might lead to an all-new version of the Camaro.
The long hood, short deck and wide stance of the Camaro Concept leave no doubt that it is a serious performance car. Those looks are backed up by a 400-horsepower aluminum small-bock V-8, a six-speed manual transmission, and a sophisticated chassis with four-wheel independent suspension.
Like its forebears, the Camaro Concept would be practical enough for everyday use. It features fuel-saving features like Active Fuel ManagementÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ cylinder deactivation technology, yielding highway fuel economy of 30 mpg or better. Its overall size is a comfortable fit for city streets and suburban parking lots, and its back seat provides occasional seating for two adults.
Lean, muscular design
Because of CamaroÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s powerful heritage, the GM Design team chose a theme that pays homage to the original Camaro, while being instantly recognizable as an all-new car.
Said Bob Boniface, director of the Warren Advanced Design Studio, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe fact that the Camaro has been out of production for a number of years made it particularly important that the Camaro Concept honors the Camaro heritage in the right way.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe overall proportions, long hood and powerful fender forms say, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“This is a front-engine, rear-wheel drive performance vehicle,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Tom Peters, design director, rear-wheel drive performance cars. The prominent front grille and hood bulge hint at the power of the Corvette-derived V-8 engine. Large wheels and tires, exposed high-performance brakes and prominent fender shapes signal that the Camaro Concept has the handling and braking to go with the powertrain.
Performance for the real world
The Camaro Concept features the latest generation of GMÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s legendary small-block V-8. The 6.0-liter LS2 engine features an aluminum block and heads for light weight, and Active Fuel ManagementÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢, which shuts off four cylinders to save fuel when the engine is lightly loaded. This concept version of the LS2 is rated at 400 horsepower, yet it could also deliver more than 30 mpg at highway speeds.
The Camaro ConceptÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s six-speed manual transmission provides a wide spread of ratios for aggressive acceleration off the line, confident passing and merging and efficient highway cruising.
TheCamaro Concept features a sophisticated rear-wheel drive chassis. Its independent front and rear suspension features progressive-rate springs and gas-pressurized dampers. Four-wheel vented disc brakes with 14-inch rotors provide confident stopping under all conditions.
SPECIFICATIONS ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ CHEVROLET CAMARO CONCEPT
Vehicle type: two-door, four-passenger rear-wheel drive sport coupe
Wheelbase (in / mm): 110.5 / 2806
Length (in / mm): 186.2 / 4730
Width (in / mm): 79.6 / 2022
Height (in / mm): 53 / 1344
Track (in / mm): 63.8 / 1620 front; 63.3 / 1607 rear
Engine: 6.0-L V-8 LS-2, 400 hp / 298 kw, with Active Fuel ManagementÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢
Transmission: six-speed manual T56
Suspension: four-wheel independent: MacPherson strut front, multilink rear, progressive rate coil springs, gas-pressurized dampers
Brakes: four-wheel disc, 15ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â rotors with four-piston calipers
Wheels: cast aluminum, 21ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â front, 22ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â rear
Tires: 275/30R21 front, 305/30R22 rear