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(from GM Press
Release) 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 Camaro Concept embodies the performance and passion that have
made first-generation Camaros some of the most sought-after
collector cars, updating the formula with a fuel-efficient
powertrain, sophisticated chassis and contemporary design execution.
The goal is to make the sport coupe relevant to younger enthusiasts
while retaining its appeal to its current fans.
“Millions of people of all ages fell in love with the Camaro for all
of the right reasons,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president, global
design. “Camaros were beautiful to look at and offered performance
that could rival expensive European GTs. Yet they were practical
enough to drive every day and priced within the reach of many new
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
Like its forebears, the Camaro Concept would be practical enough for
everyday use. It features fuel-saving features like Active Fuel
Management™ 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 Camaro’s
powerful heritage, the GM Design team chose a theme that pays homage
to the original Camaro, while being instantly recognizable as an
Said Bob Boniface, director of the Warren Advanced Design Studio,
“The 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.”
The 1969 Camaro, considered by many to be the best first-generation
design, was a significant inspiration. But as GM design teams in
Warren, Mich., worked on alternatives for the Camaro Concept, they
also turned to the latest Corvette and to aircraft like the YF-22,
seeking a design that encompasses the spirit that made the 1969
Camaro great, but interprets that spirit in a fresh, exciting way.
“The overall proportions, long hood and powerful fender forms say,
‘This is a front-engine, rear-wheel drive performance vehicle,’ ”
said Tom Peters, design director, rear-wheel drive performance cars.
The prominent front grille and hood bulge hint at the power of the
Corvette-inspired 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
The cockpit of the Camaro nestles between sharply defined fender
forms, a design element inspired by fighter planes and the new
Corvette. And like any high-performance vehicle, the clean,
purposeful design is integral to the aesthetic. “The Camaro Concept
isn’t just a styled shape,” said Peters. “The design incorporates
what the vehicle needs to perform to its optimum level.”
The same purposeful design is reflected in the interior of the
Camaro Concept. The gauges and splash of orange trim hint at classic
first-generation Camaros, but the overall design and execution
reflect the no-nonsense functionality that drivers expect from a
high-performance Chevrolet sports car.
Performance for the real world
The Camaro Concept
features the latest generation of GM’s legendary small-block V-8.
The 6.0-liter LS2 engine features an aluminum block and heads for
light weight, and Active Fuel Management™, 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 Concept’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.
Modern sports cars are about more than just straight-line speed, so
the Camaro 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.
Enhancing both the performance and appearance of the Camaro Concept
are unique five-spoke cast alloy wheels, 21 inches in the front and
22 inches in the rear.
An American icon
Designed in the
mid-1960s, the first-generation Camaro captured the optimism of an
era. The Baby Boomers were in their teens, rock-and-roll and Motown
ruled the airwaves, and American culture was sweeping the globe.
Like the Impala, Chevelle and Sting Ray, the new Camaro showcased
Chevy’s strength of bringing stylish, high-quality cars to a
mainstream audience. Its dramatic proportions and graceful lines
recalled both the Corvette and the Italian Gran Turismo cars of the
era. And its powertrain lineup, which soon included both the potent
Z-28 small block and big block 396s and 427s, gave the Camaro the
performance to go with its looks.
But what really made the Camaro an American icon was that it was
accessible to millions. Chevy sold more than 699,000 Camaros in its
first three years. So for every Z-28 taking the checkered flag at
the track, there were thousands of less exotic Camaros cruising the
drive-ins, picking up the groceries, or taking the family on
“The Camaro Concept is designed to have that same broad appeal, with
unmistakable style, spirit and performance,” said Welburn.