Early production (as in a couple tweaks away from standard issue) 2010 Chevrolet Camaros have been delivered to lucky buyers Scott Settlemire, Cheryl Pilcher, and John Fitzpatrick. Their musclecars fresh from the Oshawa, Ontario assembly line, the proud new owners yielded their rides to the Camaro enthusiasts at site CamaroZ28.com who then drove the wintry streets of Detroit for a first impression.
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The verdict: despite miserable winter conditions and pockmarked roadways just begging to punish ultra-low profile tires, the cars' performance was excellent. They credit the Camaro's "tight engineering tolerances and extreme attention to quality and detail." But let's not forget props to Camaro engineers, the design team, and the wonders of traction control. Rear-wheel drive musclecars and icy roadways do not a good combination make; Settlemire, Pilcher, and Fitzpatrick could alternately be described as generous or insane.
The V-6-powered Camaro LT (300 hp) lit up the dreary landscape with its Inferno Orange Metallic scheme; the whomping 6.2-liter V-8 Camaro SS' Rally Yellow hue, with its 400+ hp, shouted (and likely bellowed) for attention. And attention they both received in droves; "driving a 2010 Camaro is literally driving a celebrity around" said the lucky drivers of these early production units.
They found the 2010 Camaro's behavior to be tossable and refined and were impressed with interior fit and finish. The V-6's power was described as "surprising," and they enthused that the V-8 was "itching to be hammered on...hard."
If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning, I'd hammer in the evening, all over this land...