For many ponycar fans, the most compelling variant of Chevrolet’s reanimated Camaro isn’t the big-money, nose-heavy SS model. The lighter, more efficient “high-feature” V-6 base car has captured a lot of hearts and minds since being released earlier this year, and although Ford’s revised 2010 Mustang meets or beats the Chevy in many areas, it was severely hampered by its thrashy, understrength four-liter V-6. With this morning’s announcement of a Duratec-powered V-6 2011 Mustang and a track-oriented Performance Package to match, Ford has made it plain that they intend to match the Camaro pony for pony — a stance that we can only hope they back up further with a new high-performance “Coyote” V-8 announcement in weeks to come.
The new 2011 Mustang has 305 horsepower from a thoroughly revised 3.7L Duratec V-6, allowing it to challenge competitors as diverse as the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Infiniti G37, and the aforementioned “Jodie Foster Special” Camaro. More details, including specs on the long-awaited V-6 Performance Package, after the jump. Read More
The 2009 SEMA show kicks off in Las Vegas today and while we can’t be there, we’ll throw up some high-res galleries of the cool stuff that the manufacturers are showing off this year. First up, General Motors and their Camaro Extravaganza. Chevrolet has brought 5 different Camaro concepts including the badass Jay Leno Camaro shown above. In addition, the Chevrolet Trucks team has brought a Silverado ZR2 Concept to the party. Check out the galleries and descriptions of each after the jump.
Forget the break-in period and suggested care instructions from the owners manual. When you have a hot car in your hands like the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS, the first thing you should do is take it immediately to the drag strip. That’s exactly what the guys down at Hennessey Performance did yesterday as they got a baseline for their new Camaro build.
We’re heading over to the Hennessey facility on Friday to get some driving impressions before the Camaro begins it’s transformation into a 550+ horsepower monster.
This past weekend I had the chance to ride along in the 2010 Chevy Camaro with 3-time Sprint Cup champion, Jimmie Johnson at Texas Motor Speedway. While I didn’t get a chance to drive the Camaro, the experience from the passenger seat was exhilarating to say the least. I chose to ride along with the model range topping SS version, which sports a 6.2-liter V8 engine. Automatic transmission Camaro SS models such as the one I rode are rated at 400-horsepower, while the six-speed manual versions get an extra 26 horsepower on top of that. Whichever one you buy, you can be sure that there won’t be a lack of horsepower.
For those of you waiting to get your hands on a 2010 Camaro of your own, rest easy that the wait is almost over. Based on my quick impressions from the passenger seat, the long wait will be completely worth it.