The New Camaros Are Here! The New Camaros Are Here!

New Camaro

The New Camaros Are Here! Or at least they’ll be in showrooms pretty darn soon, and it’s about time. GM’s updated Camaro, one of the most highly anticipated cars for years, and one that has been rumored and dissected and hyped on the net for what seems like decades, is finally going to make it into the hot little hands of pony car lovers nation-wide.

OK, it’s about as official as it can get, and GM has released the final, final, really this is it final, no more changes list of what the new Camaro’s options will be.

Let’s start with what this bread of car has been known most for: engines.

The new for 2010 has two engine options, both of which are surprisingly up to date, modern, and powerful, even for the base level model. The base model engine is a 3.6 liter direct-injected V-6 with variable valve timing standard on LS and LT trim packages (the SS is the top line of trim, and features the bigger engine). The 3.6 liter offers power and efficiency, with 304 horsepower and EPA-rated 29 mpg in highway driving. Neither of which is shabby. Getting over 300 horses from that size and layout of engine is really good, and 29 MPG is respectable, but not stellar.

The Camaro SS offers a pair of 6.2L V-8s, including one with Active Fuel Management that helps improve fuel economy by shutting down four cylinders during certain light-load driving conditions. In other words, if the car thinks your loping down the freeway, it’ll dial the engine back to really save on gas, giving you 25 mpg in EPA-rated highway fuel economy. Which is only so-so, but probably pleases the bean-counters at GM to no end.

As far as transmissions are concerned, all Camaro models can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The six-speed automatic transmission is a first for Camaro.

The 3.6L engine gets a standard AY6 six-speed manual. It features lower shift effort and shorter throws for easier shifting and \”fun-to-drive\” characteristics. A hydraulic clutch and self-adjusting mechanism eliminates the need for adjustments throughout the lifespan of the transmission. The Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic is an optional with the six bangers. It has an aggressive 4.07:1 first gear ratio that delivers strong launches, but also provides tall overdrive ratios that decrease engine rpm and provide better fuel efficiency. The 6L50 also includes driver shift control, with the driver taking control via paddle shifts located on the steering wheel after selecting the \”M\” mode on the console-mounted shifter, which is pretty trick.

The SS models get the new Tremec TR 6060 six-speed manual is paired with the LS3 … big block? Is it fair to call a 6.2 a big block? Man, how many beers have I drunk over this conversation? It used to be, back when we measured engine in cubes versus liters that a big block would start at around what is now 7 liters. But in this day & age, 6.2 is probably big enough to be considered a “big block”. Anyway, the new Tremec TR 6060 six-speed manual is designed to handle the high torque characteristics of the big mill, while providing short throws, smooth 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.

You can also get the big block with a slush-box, if that’s your deal. This would be the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic, which like the 6L50 transmission, features driver shift control and PAS. The final drive ratio on all automatic-equipped Camaro models is 3.27:1.

Apart from that, here’s the specs that I really noticed:

Curb weight (lb / kg):

3769 / 1713 – LS w/ automatic
3780 / 1718 – LS w/ manual
3719 / 1687 – LT w/ automatic
3728 / 1691 – LT w/ manual
3902 / 1770 – SS w/ automatic
3849 / 1746 – SS w/ manual

Nearly two TONS for the full zoot big block with auto? Now that highway MPG figure is looking even more impressive. Sorry, but that’s just WAY too fat. Trim it down please. Make me a lightweight version that tips the scales at around a ton & a half, and THEN I’d be more interested.

So, there’s the final word on what the upcoming Camaro will spec out like.

Update: 2010 Chevy Camaro 1LT Review

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