The wait is over. After a seven-year hiatus, the all-new Chevrolet Camaro is back. It combines great looks, performance and advanced technology – all offered among three models: LS, LT and SS.
When it comes to performance, the 2010 Camaro delivers in unexpected ways. An advanced, 3.6L direct-injected V6 with variable valve timing is standard on LS and LT models. It combines power and efficiency, with 227kw (304hp).
The performance-oriented Camaro SS features a pair of 6.2L V8s, including one with Active Fuel Management that helps improve fuel economy by shutting down four cylinders during certain light-load driving conditions.
With a design that is very close to the original concept, the 2010 Camaro acknowledges its heritage from the first-generation Camaro, produced from 1967 through 1969. The two-door sports coupe features classic proportions.
The long hood and short deck are pushed to the far corners of the muscular fender forms and a fast, 67-degree rake windshield contributes to aerodynamic performance that includes a 0.37 coefficient of drag (Cd) on V6 models and a slightly sleeker 0.35 Cd on the V8-powered SS model. On SS models, a simulated air intake is located in the upper front fascia and the lower air intake is larger.
Wheel arch openings received special attention through the design process. Whether the Camaro is equipped with the standard 18-inch, or optional 19-inch or 20-inch wheels, the relationship of the top of the tire and bottom of the fender is consistent on all models.
Ten exterior colors are available and include Black, Victory Red, Rally Yellow and Silver Ice Metallic. Red Jewel Tintcoat is optional. The color palette also includes Cyber Gray 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 taillamps and 20-inch wheels with a Midnight Silver finish.
Inside the four-passenger cabin, a well-executed balance of heritage, modern design and attention to detail conveys simplicity and refinement with contemporary details in the cluster, switches, dials and lighting. An available ambient light package, for example, offers advanced LED light pipe technology, giving the cabin a distinctive glow.
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 engine rpm, with a driver information center located between the large gauges – its readouts and features 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, and it's available as an accessory through Chevrolet dealers.
Cloth upholstery is standard and leather-appointed seats are included on 2LT and 2SS models. Four-way manual adjustment including fore/aft and up/down on the driver seat and two-way adjustment on the passenger seat is standard. Heated, leather-trimmed seats with driver six-way power adjustment are standard on 2LT and 2SS models.
All models include a three-spoke steering wheel with manual tilt/telescope adjustment. Cruise control and a rear defogger 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. This package also includes remote start on automatic transmission-equipped vehicles, as well as a personal device interface module for iPods. Customers can also order a short-throw Hurst shifter that provides quicker shifts.
Camaro's entertainment systems include a single-CD radio with six speakers that is standard on LS, LT and SS models. A premium, 245-watt Boston Acoustics nine-speaker audio system can be ordered on 1LT and SS models. XM Satellite Radio is standard on all models. All models also include power door locks and an express up and down feature on the driver and passenger windows.
Camaro's 3.6L direct injection (DI) V6 delivers more power through increased efficiency, while maintaining fuel economy and lowering emissions – including a 25-percent drop in cold-start hydrocarbon emissions. It is standard on LS and LT models, producing 227kw (304hp) and 370nm (273 lb-ft) of torque. Despite a compression ratio of 11.3:1, the 3.6L DI engine is designed to run on regular unleaded fuel.
Two 6.2L V8 engines are offered in the Camaro SS, including the new L99 on automatic-equipped vehicles and the LS3 on manual-equipped models. Both engines are derived from the LS3 that debuted on the 2008 Corvette. This 90-degree V8 includes an aluminium block (with cast iron cylinder liners) and aluminium cylinder heads. The bottom end of the engine includes a new structural cast aluminium oil pan, with an oil capacity of 8.9 quarts (8.5 litres), while the two-valve cylinder head design is based on race-proven airflow dynamics. The intake valves measure 2.16 inches (55 mm) and exhaust valves are 1.60 inches (40.5 mm) in diameter.
Horsepower for the L99 is 400 (298 kW) at 5,900 rpm and torque is 410 lb-ft (556 Nm) at 4,300 rpm. The LS3 develops 426 horsepower (318 kW) and 420 lb-ft (569 Nm). Output on the L99 is lower than the LS3 because of a slightly lower compression ratio (10.4:1 vs. 10.7:1) and design features of the Active Fuel Management System. The L99 is paired exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission.
All Camaro models can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The Aisin AY6 six-speed manual is standard with the 3.6L engine, and a Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic is optional. A Tremec TR 6060 six-speed manual is standard on the SS, and the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic is optional.
Both automatic transmissions feature aggressive first gear ratios that deliver strong launches, but also provide tall overdrive ratios that decrease engine rpm and provide better fuel efficiency. Each also includes driver shift control, allowing the driver to take control via paddle shifts located on the steering wheel after selecting the "M" mode on the console-mounted shifter.
Performance Algorithm Shifting (PAS) is included with the 6L50 and 6L80. It lets the electronic transmission controller override the automatic gear selection during high lateral acceleration maneuvers.
The SS model's new Tremec TR 6060 six-speed manual is designed to handle the high torque characteristics of the LS3 engine, while providing shorter throws, smoother gear synchronization and greater overall shift feel with little or no vibration. Its specs include a solid, 290-mm flywheel and single-plate clutch. The final drive ratio for LS3 vehicles is 3.45:1.
Chassis and suspension
Fully independent front and rear suspensions are the underpinnings of the 2010 Camaro. The standard independent rear suspension is a first for Camaro and is designed to compete with the best in the world. It's a 4.5-link system that includes a unique, L-shaped upper control arm that attaches to the knuckle at one end and incorporates a ride bushing in the rear.
Two suspension packages are offered: FE2 sport on V6 models and FE3 performance with the V8. The front suspension has a dual ball strut system, with a direct-acting stabilizer bar that measures 22.2 x 4 mm on FE2 and 23 x 4.2 mm on FE3. Hollow bars are used for mass savings. Rear suspension features include high lateral stiffness for handling via three lateral ball joints per side. A sub-frame at the rear is double-isolated to minimize vehicle body motions and dampen road imperfections. Coil-over shock absorbers are used in the rear with a decoupled, hollow stabilizer bar. FE2 includes a 21.7 x 3 mm rear bar, while the FE3's large bar measures 23 x 3 mm.
The front track is a wide 63.7 inches (1,618 mm) for all models, while the rear track on LS and LT models is 64.1 inches (1,628 mm) and 63.7 inches (1,618 mm) on SS models. The axle halfshafts on all V8 models and manual transmission-equipped V6 models are 30 mm in diameter on the left side and 40 mm on the right side. This design feature helps reduce the oscillation of torque from side to side and reduces axle hop.
Additional chassis and suspension details include:
- Four-wheel disc brakes on all models – including Brembo four-piston calipers on SS – with hydraulic brake assist
- Precise rack-and-pinion steering system, with a 16.1:1 ratio on all models
- Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control on all models
- Competitive/sport mode on SS models enhances on-track performance
- Performance Launch Control on SS models with the manual transmission optimises hard-acceleration launches for quicker, more consistent performance
- LS and LT models equipped with standard 18-inch wheels or optional 19-inch wheels; SS comes with standard 19-inch wheels or optional 20-inch wheels; 21-inch wheels are also available.
The Camaro offers a comprehensive system of safety features – starting with a robust body structure and integral safety cage around the passenger compartment. High-strength steel and ultra high-strength steels are used in key areas throughout the structure. Safety technologies also include:
- Driver and front passenger dual-stage air bags
- Driver and front passenger seat-mounted thorax side-impact air bags
- Head curtain side-impact air bags for front- and rear-seat occupants
- Front-seat safety belt load limiters and pretensioners
- A front passenger detection system that senses children and small-stature adults, and suppresses air bag deployment when appropriate.
- In both doors, an interlock pin is used to help prevent intrusion into the passenger compartment, and adds stiffness to the door structure by engaging with a clevis bracket set into the rocker panel.