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Chevrolet Camaro concept

Canadian Car and Driver, 10 Jan 2006

Chevrolet Camaro Concept

Chevrolet Camaro Concept

Camaro Concept


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The Camaro Concept features the latest generation of GM's small-block V8. The 6.0-litre LS2 engine features an aluminum block and heads for light weight, and Active Fuel Management

Chevrolet Camaro concept

Detroit, Michigan - Retro, but not too retro: that was the goal of the Camaro concept car's designers who wanted to "make the sport coupe relevant to younger enthusiasts while retaining its appeal to its current fans."

"Millions of people of all ages fell in love with the Camaro for all of the right reasons," said Ed Welburn, GM vice president, global design. "Camaros were beautiful to look at and offered performance that could rival expensive European GTs. Yet they were practical enough to drive every day and priced within the reach of many new car buyers.".."The Chevrolet Camaro Concept recaptures the spirit of one of the most popular sport coupes of all time and redefines the Camaro for new generations of fans."

Though only a show car at this point, the Camaro Concept is intended to explore customer reaction to design and engineering elements that might lead to an all-new version of the Camaro.

The 1969 Camaro, considered by many to be the best first-generation design, was a significant inspiration. But as GM design teams in Warren, Michigan, worked on alternatives for the Camaro Concept, they also turned to the latest Corvette and to aircraft like the YF-22, seeking a design that encompasses the spirit that made the 1969 Camaro great, but interprets that spirit in a fresh, exciting way.

"The overall proportions, long hood and powerful fender forms say, 'This is a front-engine, rear-wheel drive performance vehicle,' " said Tom Peters, design director, rear-wheel drive performance cars. The prominent front grille and hood bulge hint at the power of the Corvette-inspired V8 engine. Large wheels and tires, exposed high-performance brakes and prominent fender shapes signal that the Camaro Concept has the handling and braking to go with the powertrain.

The cockpit of the Camaro nestles between sharply defined fender forms, a design element inspired by fighter planes and the new Corvette. The gauges and splash of orange trim hint at classic first-generation Camaros.

The Camaro Concept features the latest generation of GM's small-block V8. The 6.0-litre LS2 engine features an aluminum block and heads for light weight, and Active Fuel Management, which shuts off four cylinders to save fuel when the engine is lightly loaded. This concept version of the LS2 is rated at 400 horsepower, yet it could also deliver more than 30 mpg at highway speeds, says the company.

Its six-speed manual transmission provides a wide spread of ratios for aggressive acceleration off the line, confident passing and merging and efficient highway cruising.

Since modern sports cars need to be about more than just straight-line speed, the Camaro Concept features a sophisticated rear-wheel drive chassis. Its independent front and rear suspension features progressive-rate springs and gas-pressurized dampers. Braking is handled by four-wheel vented disc brakes with 14-inch rotors. The Camaro Concept has unique five-spoke cast alloy wheels, 21 inches in the front and 22 inches in the rear.

"The fact that the Camaro has been out of production for a number of years made it particularly important that the Camaro Concept honours the Camaro heritage in the right way," said Bob Boniface, director of the Warren Advanced Design Studio.

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