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Production starts early 2009 UK sales to begin in 2010

London July 21, 2008; On the eve of the Camaro Convertible Concept’s breathtaking debut at the British International Motor Show, Chevrolet has pulled off the wraps of the production version of the car that will revive one of the most iconic names in motoring history.

Unveiled at a special ceremony in Detroit, the coupe version of the heritage-inspired performance model will be built at GM’s Oshawa plant in Canada, and will make its first appearance in US Chevrolet showrooms in the first quarter of 2009, with European sales starting a year later.

With a design that is faithful to the acclaimed concept, the new Camaro is a 21st century sports car that acknowledges its heritage. A long bonnet and short rear deck give the car classic proportions, while the muscular wheelarches and sleek windscreen profile give it a decidedly aggressive stance.

The theme continues inside, with a combination of modern LED lighting and retro-styled recessed instrument binnacles, featuring round gauges in square housings.

Yet despite the obvious styling cues that hark back to the original 1967 muscle car, the new Camaro is bristling with technical innovation.

“The new Camaro is just that – new,” said Ed Wellburn, vice president of GM Global Design. “We acknowledge the nameplate’s strong heritage in the form of the design, but recognise that keeping this modern sports car relevant meant more than simply honouring a classic car. The line forms, stance and overall execution are consistent with other new Chevrolets.”

Under the skin, the Camaro uses an advanced four-wheel independent suspension system with a multilink rear end, along with a StabiliTrak stability control system and four-piston Brembo brake callipers, combining to give the Camaro a sophisticated dynamic package.

Other features of the new model will include an ultrasonic park assist, Bluetooth connectivity, a premium audio system, six airbags and – for Europe – 20-inch alloy wheels.

In the USA, two alloy-blocked engines will be offered – a 3.6-litre V6 and a 6.2-litre V8, developing 300bhp and 420bhp respectively. Both are to be offered with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

Details of European and UK-specific model options will be unveiled much closer to the car’s on-sale date in 2010.

2010 CHEVROLET CAMARO SPECIFICATIONS

Overview

Models:

Chevrolet Camaro LS, LT and SS

Body style / driveline:

four-passenger, front-engine, rear-drive coupe

Construction:

unitized body frame, one- and two-sided galvanized steel

EPA vehicle class:

coupe

Manufacturing location:

Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Oshawa Car Assembly Plant --
The plant assembles the Chevrolet Camaro
and Impala and Buick Allure. The Oshawa Car
Assembly Plant has placed among the leaders
in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey for the
premium and mid-size segment for a number
of years.

Key competitors:

Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, Nissan 350Z

Engines

3.6L V-6 DI VVT (LLT)

6.2L V-8 (LS3, L99)

Application:

LS, LT

SS

Type:

3.6L V-6

6.2L V-8

Displacement (cu in / cc):

217 / 3564

376 / 6162

Bore & stroke (in / mm):

3.70 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6

4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92

Block material:

cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners

cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners

Cylinder head material:

aluminum

aluminum

Valvetrain:

dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing

valve-in-head; two valves per cylinder; roller lifters; Active Fuel Management (L99)

Ignition system:

electronic individual coil-on-plug; individual cylinder knock control and extended-life platinum-tipped spark plugs

high-energy distributorless ignition; solid state direct-fire ignition w/ coil near plug and integrated ignition

Fuel delivery:

direct high-pressure fuel injection

returnless, multi-port fuel injection

Compression ratio:

11.3:1

10.7:1

Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):

300 / 224 @ 6400 rpm*

422 / 315 @ 5000 (LS3)*
400 / 299 @ 5000 (L99)*

Torque
(lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

273 / 370 @ 5200 rpm*

408 / 553 @ 4500 (LS3)*
395 / 535 @ 4500 (L99)*

Recommended fuel:

regular unleaded

premium recommended

Maximum engine speed (rpm):

7000

6000 (L99)
6600 (LS3)

Emissions controls:

evaporative system, single close-coupled catalytic converter, equal-length exhaust, single underfloor catalytic converter, positive crankcase ventilation, intake and exhaust cam phasers, electronic throttle control

evaporative system, close-coupled catalytic converters, positive crankcase ventilation, electronic throttle control

Fuel economy (auto trans):

26 hwy (est)

23 hwy (est)

Transmissions

Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic (LS, LT) w/ TAPshift

Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic (SS) w/ TAPshift

Aisin Warner AY6 six-speed manual (LS, LT)

TR6060 six-speed manual (SS)

Gear ratios (:1):

First:

4.07

4.03

4.48

3.01

Second:

2.37

2.36

2.58

2.07

Third:

1.55

1.53

1.63

1.43

Fourth:

1.16

1.15

1.19

1.00

Fifth:

0.85

0.85

1.00

0.84

Sixth:

0.67

0.67

0.75

0.57

Reverse:

3.06

3.06

3.67

3.28

Final drive ratio:

3.27

3.27

3.27

3.45

Chassis/Suspension

Front:

double-ball-joint, multi-link strut; direct-acting stabilizer bar; progressive-rate coil springs; fully adjustable camber, caster and toe

Rear:

4.5-link independent; progressive-rate coil springs over shocks; stabilizer bar; fully adjustable camber and toe

Steering type:

variable-ratio rack-and-pinion

Steering ratio:

16.1:1

Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:

2.5

Turning circle, curb-to-curb
(ft / m):

37.7/11.5

Brakes

Type:

four-wheel disc w/ ABS; ventilated front and rear rotors; single-piston front calipers and single-piston alloy rear calipers (LS, LT); four-piston fixed Brembo aluminum front and rear calipers (SS)

Rotor diameter, front (in / mm):

LS, LT: 12.64 / 321
SS: 14 / 355

Rotor diameter, rear (in / mm):

LS, LT: 12.4 / 315
SS: 14.4 / 365

Rotor thickness, front (in / mm):

LS, LT: 1.18 / 30
SS: 1.26 / 32

Rotor thickness, rear (in / mm):

LS, LT: 0.9 / 23
SS: 1.1 / 28

Wheels/Tires

LS

LT

SS

Wheel size and type:

18 x 7.5-inch steel

18 x 7.5-inch aluminum
19 x 8-inch aluminum

20 x 8-inch aluminum (front)
20 x 9-inch aluminum (rear)

Tires:

P245/55R18 all-season

P245/55R18 all-season
P245/50R19 all-season

P245/45ZR20 summer (front)
P275/40ZR20 summer (rear)

Dimensions
Exterior

Wheelbase (in / mm):

112.3 / 2852

Overall length (in / mm):

190.4 / 4836

Overall width (in / mm):

75.5 / 1918

Overall height (in / mm):

54.2 / 1377

Track, front (in / mm):

63.7 / 1618

Track, rear (in / mm):

64.1 / 1628 (LS, LT)

63.7 / 1618 (SS)

Curb weight (lb / kg):

3750 / 1705 – LT w/ automatic
3741 / 1700 – LT w/ manual
3769 / 1713 – LS w/ automatic
3780 / 1718 – LS w/ manual
3913 / 1779 – SS w/ automatic
3860 / 1755 – SS w/ manual

Weight balance (% front / rear):

52 / 48

Interior

Seating capacity (front / rear):

2 / 2

Headroom (in / mm):

front: 37.4 / 950
rear: 35.3 / 897

Legroom (in / mm):

front: 42.4 / 1077
rear: 29.9 / 757

Shoulder room (in / mm):

front: 56.9 / 1444
rear: 42.5 / 1080

Capacities

Cargo volume (cu ft / L):

11.3 / 320

Fuel tank (gal / L):

19 / 71.9

Engine oil (qt / L):

3.6L: 7.6 / 7.2
6.2L: 8.9 / 8.5

*Pending SAE certification.
Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.