Economy-be-damned, GM is now ramping up production of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro musclecar at its Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant. Yesterday Chevrolet sent these tantalizing pics of the new vehicle on the assembly line to enthusiast site 5thgen.
Over in our Car Reviews section, we noted that auto journalists and enthusiasts are praising the design, finding it appropriately retro while also containing plenty of modern cues and technology such as oversize wheels (20-inchers in RT trim), a rakish windshield angle, and an independent rear suspension like rival Dodge Challenger.
In base format with a potent direct-injected V-6 (300 hp, 276 lb-ft torque), it is said the 2010 Camaro will achieve EPA ratings of 17/26 with regular unleaded. Rumors abound of GM considering fitment of its excellent 2.0-liter direct-injected turbo four from the Solstice GXP/Chevrolet Cobalt SS, but GM has yet to comment. That engine makes nearly as much power as the high-feature V-6, and could be a popular option if fuel prices spike again. Rounding out the range of engines are two pushrod V-8s, keeping the Chevy smallblock legend alive and fortifying the Camaro with up to 422 hp.
According to all reports, the Camaro will be a formidable competitor with the likes of the Dodge Challenger and 2010 Ford Mustang when it goes on sale this spring for $22,995. Alas, diminished auto sales and a struggling GM don't portend strong sales, but at the very least the new Camaro should boost morale with its feral looks and V-8 snarl. We can't wait to try one on and blast past a few econocars and appliance-like hybrids.