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Chevrolet Unveils The 2010 Camaro

A Fun, Efficient Sports Car For The 21st Century
Monday, July 21, 2008


  • All-new, world-class sports car
  • Fuel-efficient, 3.6L direct-injected V-6 delivers an estimated 26 mpg on the highway
  • Range of fuel-saving, six-speed transmissions standard on all models and powertrains
  • Powerful SS models equipped with LS3 V-8 (manual transmission) and L99 with Active Fuel Management (automatic transmission)
  • Advanced vehicle technology, including Bluetooth connectivity and available HID headlamps with integrated halo rings
  • Designed, engineered and built with GM’s global development process

Front View
Rear View
Side View
Chevrolet introduced the production 2010 Camaro today. It is a heritage-inspired sports car for the 21st. century, combining great looks and performance; advanced technology and surprising efficiency – including 26-mpg estimated highway fuel economy. Sales begin in the first quarter of 2009.

Built on GM’s new, global rear-wheel-drive architecture, the Camaro is offered in V-6-powered LS and LT models, as well as the V-8-powered SS. All models and powertrain combinations include fuel-saving six-speed transmissions.

“Camaro delivers all of the things that make Chevrolet such a revered, global brand,” said Ed Peper, GM North America vice president, Chevrolet. “It competes with the world’s best sports cars and does so with styling, fuel economy and value our competitors simply can’t match.”

Advanced powertrain technologies, including engines with direct injection and Active Fuel Management, enable a satisfying balance of exhilarating performance and good fuel economy.

“The new Chevrolet Camaro delivers a thoroughly modern, advanced package of performance, comfort and technology,” said Peper. “It’s a sports car for a new generation of enthusiasts that doesn’t forget the heritage that helped make the original a cultural icon . That is no small feat and it took a worldwide commitment to achieve it.”

Indeed, the 2010 Camaro exemplifies GM’s global development process. The design concept originated in the United States; engineering was directed by GM’s global rear-wheel-drive team in Australia; validation was conducted on roads around the world and assembly will take place at GM’s award-winning Oshawa facility in Canada.

Product highlights include:

  • Sleek styling with contemporary cues and 10 available exterior colors
  • LS and LT models offered with an advanced, 3.6L direct-injected V-6 engine with variable valve timing and a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions
  • SS model offered with 6.2L V-8 – including fuel-saving Active Fuel Management on automatic-equipped combinations – and a six-speed manual transmission
  • Four-wheel independent suspension system, including a 4.5-link rear suspension
  • Variable-rate power steering with the rack mounted forward of the front axle for greater driver feel
  • Four-wheel disc brake systems standard on all models, including four-piston Brembo calipers on SS models
  • Stabilitrak stability control system StabiliTrak electronic stability control system --
  • The system provides increased vehicle control by continuously monitoring the car's steering angle, individual wheel speed, brake pressure, lateral acceleration and yaw rate.
  • Competitive/Sport modes for the stability system offered on SS models, including launch control on SS models equipped with the six-speed manual transmission
  • Family of 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels
  • Detailed interior with heritage-inspired design, excellent attention to detail and available ambient lighting via LED light pipe technology
  • Robust body structure and exceptional build quality
  • Six standard air bags, including head curtain side-impact air bags and front seat-mounted thorax side air bags
  • RS appearance package available on LT and SS, including HID headlamps with integrated halo rings, spoiler, specific taillamps and 20-inch wheels

The new Camaro also has technologies that enhance performance, comfort and convenience, including:

  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Premium Boston Acoustics audio system
  • USB connectivity
  • Ultrasonic rear parking assist (late introduction)
  • Remote vehicle starting system
  • OnStar OnStar -- OnStar is the in-vehicle safety and security system created to
    OnStar's innovative three-button
    system offers:
  • 24-hour access to expertly trained, caring advisors
  • A connection to emergency assistance
  • Access to OnStar Hands-Free Calling XM Satellite Radio
  • Additionally, details such as frameless door windows with automatic indexing glass contribute to the overall feeling of quality, substance and technical prowess.

Design details

A long front dash-to-axle and short rear deck give the Camaro classic proportions, while a sleek windshield profile, wheels pushed to the corners and muscular fender forms are modern elements that reinforce its advanced engineering – and give the car a decidedly aggressive stance.

Elements such as a forward-V shape at the front of the car and “gills” in the rear quarter panels are distinctly Camaro cues, as are the broad rear fender “shoulders.” Those elements make the new Camaro instantly recognizable, but their execution is smoothly integrated into the contemporary exterior form. A family of large, 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels also contributes to the Camaro’s modern appearance.

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

A well-executed balance of heritage, modern design and attention to detail also characterizes the Camaro’s interior. A pair of deeply recessed instrument binnacles that feature round gauges in square housings is a nod to classic Camaros, while an available ambient light package offers advanced LED light pipe technology to give the cabin a distinctive and inviting glow. Cloth upholstery is standard; heated leather-appointed seats are available.

Details such as large, chrome-trimmed controls, low-gloss surfaces and premium fabric or acrylic appliqués convey a richness that is unprecedented in previous Camaro models – and challenge its contemporary competitors. More great detail is evidenced in the available center-console gauge cluster, which takes its cue from a similar option on 1969 Camaros. It displays oil temperature, oil pressure, state-of-battery and transmission fluid temperature, all highlighted with modern LED backlighting.


An advanced, efficient 3.6L direct-injected V-6 with variable valve timing is standard on LS and LT models. Direct injection technology helps the engine deliver more power through increased efficiency, while maintaining fuel economy and lowering emissions. That means less fuel is consumed and lower emissions generated – including a 25-percent drop in cold-start hydrocarbon emissions.

The Camaro’s 3.6L engine also employs variable valve timing to optimize performance and fuel economy across the rpm range. It is rated at an estimated 300 horsepower (224 kW) and 273 lb.-ft. of torque (370 Nm). A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the 3.6L engine; a Hydra-Matic 6L50 electronically controlled six-speed automatic, with TAPshift control, is available.

The high-performance Camaro SS is equipped with a powerful 6.2L V-8, with a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Standard, manual transmission-equipped models receive the LS3 engine, estimated at 422 horsepower (315 kW) and 408 lb.-ft. of torque (553 Nm). The LS3 debuted on the 2008 Corvette and uses high-flow cylinder heads based on the Corvette Z06’s LS7 engine to enable great low-end torque and high-rpm power. It is paired with a TR6060 six-speed transmission.

A new, L99 V-8 engine is used on automatic transmission-equipped SS models. It is based on the LS3 and carries all of its high-performance design features, but also includes GM’s fuel-saving Active Fuel Management feature. It enables the engine to run on only four cylinders during light-load driving conditions, such as highway cruising, to improve fuel economy. The V-8 is estimated at 400 horsepower (299 kW) and 395 lb.-ft. of torque (535 Nm); and it is matched with a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed transmission. This combination delivers an estimated 23 mpg on the highway.

Body structure and chassis

The 2010 Camaro is built on GM’s global rear-wheel-drive architecture, with a strong body structure that enhances safety, quietness and handling. World-class build quality and attention to detail are enabled by features including one-piece body side stampings and very precise tolerances between body panels.

Front and rear independent suspensions are mounted to the rigid chassis, including a multi-link strut arrangement in the front with a direct-acting stabilizer bar and a double ball-joint configuration; and a unique, 4.5-link rear suspension that is double-isolated from the chassis for smoother, quieter driving experience.

Camaro offers two suspensions. LS and LT models receive an FE2 (sport) suspension, while the SS receives the FE3 (performance) suspension, including a lower ride height. Each is tuned to match the performance capabilities of their respective powertrains, as are their wheel-and-tire combinations.

A variable-rate rack-and-pinion power steering system mounts the rack forward of the front axle, for more direct action, an enhanced feeling of driver feedback and better weight balance.

Brakes and chassis control

Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS are standard on all models. LS and LT models receive single-piston calipers all around, with mass-reducing aluminum rear calipers. SS models have larger rotors that are acted upon by four-piston, aluminum Brembo calipers at all four corners. They are designed to stand up to the severe use encountered on road-race tracks, delivering excellent feedback and pedal feel, as well as fade-resistant performance during racing.

GM’s StabiliTrack electronic stability control system is standard and incorporates traction control. The system on SS models includes Competitive/Sport mode that is adjustable for performance driving, such as on a racetrack; it also includes a Launch Control feature on SS models with the manual transmission. It enables quicker, more consistent takeoffs during performance driving.


Designed to protect occupants before, during and after a crash, 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 steel are used in key areas throughout the structure.

Safety technologies integrated in the Camaro include:

  • Driver and front-passenger dual-stage air bags Dual-stage Air Bags --
  • Dual-stage air bags are designed to inflate at high speed in serious crashes, but deploy with less force in minor-to-moderate crashes.
  • Head curtain side-impact air bags for front and rear seat occupants
  • Front seat safety belt load limiters and pre-tensioners
  • The front passenger detection system Front Passenger Detection System
  • With OnStar’s Advanced Crash Response System, the vehicle automatically sends a signal to OnStar for assistance, even if the air bags don’t deploy.



    Chevrolet Camaro LS, LT and SS

    Body style / driveline:

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


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

    EPA vehicle class:


    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


    3.6L V-6 DI VVT (LLT)

    6.2L V-8 (LS3, L99)


    LS, LT



    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:




    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:



    (hp / kW @ rpm):

    300 / 224 @ 6400 rpm*

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

    (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):


    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.)


    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):




































    Final drive ratio:







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


    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:


    Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:


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




    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





    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)


    P245/55R18 all-season

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

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


    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


    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


    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.

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