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Test drive the new 2010 Chevy Camaro

 

2010 Chevy Camaro

2010 Chevy Camaro

The 2010 Camaro is a faithful remake of the `68 Camaro with modern features and amenities with plenty of power and exhaust rumble which gives you a feeling as if you are driving a 6.2-liter V8 powered Camaro.

 

To a certain extent, it looks more as a sports car a perfect street machine to drive. Kudos to the development team at General Motors for the new Camaro. It resembles the old protégé 68 Chevy, but is a completely modern rendering with angular design and sharp edges. This is noticeable in the rear fender flares, which, when you look at them through the outside rearview mirrors, resemble a Porsche’s, but are more angular.

The only concern is that the windows seem little narrow, making the finished car look “chopped.” This is a problem with a lot of new designs which seem to be caused by the abundance of safety equipment inside the doors that actually make the doors taller.

Sitting in the Camaro is as much fun as looking at it. The seats offer excellent side support and are comfortable. The rear seats offer support, but they are difficult to enter because the car is a coupe.

Out on the road the ride may be hard, but not harsh. The firm suspension lends itself to excellent handling, probably better than the original. Ride quality suffers a bit on “normal” roads, but you can easily become accustomed to the ride quality.

Acceleration is excellent, and you really have to pay attention to the digital speedometer located in the center of the instrument panel. There are a normal large tachometer and speedometer, but the digital speedo is so easy to rear one tends to ignore the analog one.

You may like the way the 6-speed automatic shifts, but still can try the manual version. There are rocker switches located behind the steering wheel that you can use to shift without taking your hands off the wheel.

In addition, there are a water temp and fuel level gauges in the main i.p., with four accessory gauges in a “4 pack” ahead of the shifter at the base of the center stack. These include oil pressure, oil temperature, volts and transmission fluid temperature.

The gauges are light blue on black, which is a nice combination. Each door also has a light blue slash that is lighted at night. Like the original one, the trunk is compact. What makes it tough for loading larger objects is that the opening is small.

Options include the RS package ($1,450) which consists of 20-inch wheels, high intensity headlamps, a rear spoiler, and RS unique tail lamps. The 6-speed automatic with remote start goes for $1,185, polished wheels adds another $470 and the compact spare another $150.

The bottom-line is that the 2010 Camaro is not only a faithful modern re-creation of the classic Sixties Camaro, it is also a ball to drive and be seen in. So, if you’re hankering for the good old days, this is the one for you!

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