Chevrolet Camaro (fifth generation)
Chevrolet Camaro (fifth generation) Manufacturer Chevrolet and Holden Production March 2009– Model years 2010– Assembly Oshawa, Ontario, Canada (Oshawa Car Assembly) Predecessor Chevrolet Camaro (fourth generation) Class Pony car
Body style 2-door coupé
Layout FR layout Platform GM Zeta platform Engine GM LLT 3.6 L (3,564 cc/217 cu in) V6 312 bhp (233 kW) (2010-11)
GM LFX 3.6 L (3,564 cc/217 cu in) V6 323 bhp (241 kW) (2012)
GM LS3 6.2 L (6,162 cc/376 cu in) V8 426 bhp (318 kW)
GM L99 6.2 L (6,162 cc/376 cu in) V8 400 bhp (300 kW)
GM LSA 6.2 L SC (6,162 cc/376 cu in) V8 550 bhp (410 kW)
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 112.3 in (2,850 mm) Length 190.4 in (4,840 mm) Width 75.5 in (1,920 mm) Height 54.2 in (1,380 mm) Curb weight 3,750 lb (1,700 kg) Related Holden Commodore
Designer Sangyup Lee
The fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is a pony car produced by General Motors and marketed under the Chevrolet brand. It is the fifth distinct generation of the Camaro to be produced since its original introduction in 1967. Production of the new Camaro began on March 16, 2009 after several years on hiatus since the previous generation's production ended in 2002 and went on sale to the public in April 2009 for the 2010 model year.
- 1 Concept vehicles
- 2 Production
- 3 Sales
- 4 Awards and recognition
- 5 SEMA concept vehicles
- 6 Racing
- 7 TV and film
- 8 References
- 9 External links
2006 Camaro Concept
On January 6, 2006, the first official word regarding a fifth generation Chevrolet Camaro from General Motors came at the 2006 North American International Auto Show, where the 2006 Camaro Concept was released. AutoWeek editors unanimously awarded the Camaro Concept "Best In Show." The concept is based on the new GM Zeta platform and was designed by South Korean-born Sangyup Lee. Road & Track offered an exclusive first look at the car which had photos as well as a short video on the day the concept was released.
The concept car features the following: 2-door, 4-passenger, rear-wheel drive coupe, while the body-styling is an homage to the first generation Camaro. The wheelbase is 110.5 in (281 cm), which is 9 in (23 cm) longer than the previous generation, but an overall length of just 186.2 in (473 cm), 7 in (18 cm) shorter. The Camaro Concept is powered by a 400 hp (298 kW) 6.0 L (366 cu in) LS2 V8 with Active Fuel Management and is equipped with the T-56 six-speed manual transmission. Other features include independent front and rear suspensions (all previous Camaros/Firebirds used a solid rear axle), four-wheel disc brakes with 14 in (36 cm) rotors and four-piston calipers, and 21 in (53 cm) front / 22 in (56 cm) rear wheels covered in huge 275/30R21 front / 305/30R22 rear tires.
2007 Camaro Convertible Concept
The 2007 Camaro Convertible Concept was announced January 6, 2007 at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. Early speculation by many automotive publications proved to be true when early embargo was broken on January 4, 2007.
At a glance it would seem that the only difference between the coupe and convertible concepts would be the roof and Hugger Orange pearl tri-coat paint job with a pair of dark gray racing stripes, but this is not the case. Besides the obvious convertible top, there are subtle changes to the exterior as well. Every surface was changed from the door-cut back. The rear fenderlines drop off from the horizontal surface to the vertical surface a couple of inches farther out than on the coupe to keep proportions good and the rear spoiler was reshaped. The 21 in (53 cm) front and 22 in (56 cm) rear wheels were also redesigned and a thin orange line was applied to the outer edge, a nod to redwalls available circa 1969.
There are many interior changes that were incorporated into the new concept. The retro houndstooth-pattern seats of the coupe were replaced with modern leather and orange stitching. The metal finishes, accent panel finishes, and seats are all different colors. The rear seats are 6 in (15 cm) closer together to make room for the tonneau cover. The clarity of the circular gauges in square frames were improved by making the faces white with black chrome numbers and a red anodized needle. The deep-dish three-spoke steering wheel and four-pack gauge cluster carry over from the coupe concept. Chrome seat-belt buckles are designed to look like the iconic belts buckles in late 1960s GM cars. This reworked interior of the Camaro Convertible Concept is now a very close representation of what will be seen in the production version of the Camaro.
On August 10, 2006, then-GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner announced that GM would build an all-new version of the Chevrolet Camaro based on the award-winning concept that debuted at the Detroit auto show in January 2006. The all-new Camaro was originally scheduled to begin production at the end of 2008 and to go on sale in the first quarter of 2009 for the 2009 model year, but General Motors stated in March 2008 that production would be delayed until February 2009 with the Camaro going on sale in the spring of 2009 for the 2010 model year.
Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper said the new Camaro "will appeal to both men and women, and unite customers with fond memories of previous Camaros with those who first experienced a Camaro" when the concept was unveiled in January. Bob Lutz's post on the GM FastLane Blog for August 10, 2006 thanked everyone in the blogosphere who commented and offered feedback on the Camaro.
Following the development of the Zeta architecture and because of its position as the GM global center of RWD development, GM Holden in Australia led the final design, engineering, and development of the Camaro. However, the new Camaro will be produced at the Oshawa Car Assembly manufacturing plant in Canada. 2,750 jobs would have been lost at the Oshawa manufacturing plant which had been originally scheduled to be closed in 2008; some of these jobs were saved due to the new Camaro's production. This new product program and conversion of the Oshawa plant to a state of the art flexible manufacturing facility represented a US$740,000,000 investment.
On July 21, 2008, GM officially unveiled the production 2010 Camaro. It was made available as a coupe in five different trim levels; the LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, and 2SS. The LS and LT trim levels are powered by the 3.6 L (3,564 cc/217 cu in) GM LLT V6 producing 304 hp (227 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 273 lbf·ft (370 N·m) at 5,200 rpm. The SS with manual transmission is powered by the 6.2 L (6,162 cc/376 cu in) GM LS3 V8 producing 426 hp (318 kW) at 5,900 rpm and 420 lbf·ft (570 N·m) at 4,600 rpm while the SS with automatic transmission is powered by a new variant of the LS3 called the GM L99 which produces 400 hp (300 kW) at 5,900 rpm and 410 lbf·ft (560 N·m) at 4,300 rpm. This new L99 V8, not to be confused with the earlier LT-series L99, uses Active Fuel Management which enables the engine to run on only four cylinders during light-load driving conditions, such as highway cruising, to improve fuel economy.
Other features include a fully independent four-wheel suspension system, variable-rate power steering, four-wheel disc brake systems standard on all models (four-piston Brembo calipers on SS models), a StabiliTrak electronic stability/traction control system, Competitive/Sport modes for the stability system offered on SS models, launch control on SS models equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, and 6 standard air bags that include head curtain side-impact air bags and front seat-mounted thorax side air bags. An RS appearance package is available on LT and SS trim levels which include HID headlamps with integrated halo rings, spoiler, and RS-specific taillamps and wheels. Rally and hockey stripe packages were made available in several colors as well.
2010 Chevrolet Camaro Specifications LS/LT SS Overview Driveline Four-passenger, front-engine, rear-drive coupe Construction Unitized body frame, one- and two-sided galvanized steel Chassis/Suspension Front double-ball-joint, multi-link strut; direct-acting stabilizer bar; progressive-rate coil springs; fully adjustable camber, caster and toe Rear 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 16.1:1 Turning circle 37.7 ft (1,150 cm) Brakes Type four-wheel disc w/ABS; ventilated front and rear rotors; single-piston front calipers and single-piston alloy rear calipers four-wheel disc w/ABS; ventilated front and rear rotors; four-piston fixed Brembo aluminum front and rear calipers Rotor diameter f: 12.64 in (321 mm)
r: 12.4 in (310 mm)
f: 14 in (360 mm)
r: 14.4 in (370 mm)
Rotor thickness f: 1.18 in (30 mm)
r: 0.9 in (23 mm)
f: 1.26 in (32 mm)
r: 1.1 in (28 mm)
Wheels/Tires Wheel size and type 18x7.5-inch steel (19x8-inch aluminum optional on LT) 20x8-inch aluminum (front), 20x9-inch aluminum (rear) Tires P245/55R18 all-season (P245/50R19 all-season option on LT) P245/45ZR20 Pirelli PZero summer (front), P275/40ZR20 Pirelli PZero summer (rear) Engine Type GM LLT V6 DI VVT GM LS3 V8
GM L99 V8
Displacement 3.6 L (3,564 cc/217 cu in) 6.2 L (6,162 cc/376 cu in) Bore and stroke 3.7 in (94 mm) x 3.37 in (86 mm) 4.06 in (103 mm) x 3.62 in (92 mm) Cylinder head material aluminum Block material cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners Valvetrain dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing valve-in-head: two valves per cylinder; roller lifters; Active Fuel Management (L99) Fuel delivery direct high-pressure fuel injection returnless, multi-port fuel injection Compression 11.3:1 10.7:1(LS3);10.4:1(L99) Horsepower 304 hp (227 kW) at 6,400 rpm 426 hp (318 kW) at 6,000 rpm (LS3)
400 hp (300 kW) at 5,900 rpm (L99)
Torque 273 lbf·ft (370 N·m) at 5,200 rpm 420 lbf·ft (570 N·m) at 4,600 rpm (LS3)
410 lbf·ft (560 N·m) at 4,300 rpm (L99)
Recommended fuel regular unleaded premium unleaded Max engine speed 7,000 rpm 6,600 rpm (LS3)
6,000 rpm (L99)
Fuel economy 29 mpg-US (8.1 L/100 km; 35 mpg-imp) hwy (EPA) (= 8.1 l/100 km) 25 mpg-US (9.4 L/100 km; 30 mpg-imp) hwy (EPA) (= 9.4 l/100 km) Transmission Automatic Hydra-Matic 6l50 6-speed automatic w/ TAPshift Hydra-Matic 6l80 6-speed automatic w/ TAPshift Manual Aisin Warner AY6 6-speed manual TR6060 6-speed manual Dimensions Length 190.4 in (4,840 mm) Width 75.5 in (1,920 mm) Height 54.2 in (1,380 mm) Front track 63.7 in (1,620 mm) Rear track 64.1 in (1,630 mm) 63.7 in (1,620 mm) Curb weight LS auto: 3,769 lb (1,710 kg)
LS man: 3,780 lb (1,710 kg)
LT auto: 3,750 lb (1,700 kg)
LT man: 3,741 lb (1,697 kg)
SS auto: 3,913 lb (1,775 kg)
SS man: 3,860 lb (1,750 kg)
Weight balance 52% front, 48% rear Seating capacity 2 front, 2 rear Headroom f: 37.4 in (950 mm), r: 35.3 in (900 mm) Legroom f: 42.4 in (1,080 mm), r: 29.9 in (760 mm) Shoulder room f: 56.9 in (1,450 mm), r: 42.5 in (1,080 mm) Cargo volume 11.3 cu ft (0.32 m3) Fuel tank 19 US gal (72 L) Engine oil 7.6 US qt (7.2 L) 8.9 US qt (8.4 L)
Transformers Special Edition
On July 22, 2009, GM announced a Transformers Special Edition appearance package for the 2010 Camaro at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. The US$995 appearance package (RPO code: CTH) can be applied to LT and SS Camaros with or without the optional RS package and could only be applied to orders made in the Rally Yellow exterior scheme. The package includes an Autobot shield badge on the driver and passenger side panels underneath the Camaro nameplate, Autobot shield on each of the four wheel's center cap, Autobot shield embroidered on interior center console, Transformers logo on driver and passenger doors' sill plates replacing the original "Camaro" labeled plates, high-gloss black center rally stripe package with the Transformers ghost logo embedded. Production of the add-on package ceased on January 12, 2010 with an estimate of 1,500 units to produce straight from Order Workbenches. 1,916 units were finally produced at the end of 2010.
Synergy Special Edition
On January 14, 2010, GM announced the production version of the Synergy Concept Camaro originally shown at the 2009 SEMA auto show. The Synergy Special Edition (RPO code: GHS) for the 2010 model year is based on the Camaro 1LT/2LT model and features the limited Synergy Green exterior color scheme. Though the edition is from the SEMA concept there are certain accessories that did not come on the production unit such as the high wing spoiler, 21 in (530 mm) Black painted wheels and ground effects kit. The production units came accented by Cyber Grey Rally Stripes running the length of the Camaro hood and rear deck. Other exterior features include a standard rear spoiler found on RS and SS packages replacing the high wing and standard 19 in (480 mm) Sterling Silver painted wheels wrapped with P245/50R19 tires. The color scheme is carried over on the interior with a Synergy Green instrument panel and door inserts. Synergy Green stitching also accents the Jet Black cloth seats, steering wheel, shift knob, and center console. Other standard features include the Convenience and Connectivity Package which offers Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port for MP3 players, and remote vehicle start for models equipped with an automatic transmission. Though this edition of the Camaro has certain accessories that come available with the RS package, the RS package itself was not available to purchase with the Synergy Camaro order. The Synergy Special Edition was available in limited production from February 2010 to May 2010.
2010 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Special Edition
In April 2010 General Motors and the Indianapolis Motors Speedway announced limited production of the Pace Car that was introduced to pace the 2010 Indianapolis 500. The Indianapolis 500 Pace Car replica is based on the 2010 Camaro 2SS Automatic 400 hp 6.2 L V8 model with RS package which includes the Inferno Orange exterior paint scheme with White Diamond rally stripes that run from front to the rear of the entire body of the car. The event and organization logos of the Indianapolis 500 Speedway are decaled on both driver and passenger doors with special badging placed underneath both front quarter panels of the Camaro nameplate. Special event stitching of the 2010 event replaces the "SS" stitching on the headrests of the front interior seating, with special premium accented floor mats and Inferno Orange accented interior trim kit. The front grille is replaced with the heritage grille that was made available as an aftermarket accessory from GM, with the addition of an Inferno Orange trimmed engine cover. Limited production of 295 units were produced in automatics, although word is beginning to circulate that a handful of manual transmissions were produced as special orders from dealer allocations. Out of the 295 units, 50 were sent to the Indianapolis 500 event which could be seen during Pole Day prior to the event with each darning a license plate reflecting its number from 1-50. 45 other units were sent to Canada and 200 throughout 200 of the top Camaro selling dealerships based upon retail sales the United States.
For the 2011 model year, the Camaro V6 engine was certified at 312 hp (233 kW) and 278 lb·ft (377 N·m), an increase of 8 hp (6.0 kW) and 5 lb·ft (6.8 N·m) from 2010. No engineering changes were made for the increase as GM claimed the 304 hp (227 kW) in the 2010 Camaro was a conservative rating.
The Synergy Green color from the 2010 Special Edition would be available on all 2011 model trim levels. A head-up display (HUD) with most of the instrument panel's information would be offered. The HUD is a modified version of the Chevrolet Corvette's display. The main difference is that the Corvette's is able to display lateral g-forces, while the Camaro's can not.
Production of the 2011 Camaro Convertible began on January 31, 2011 in Oshawa, Ontario, where the coupe is currently assembled. It arrived in dealerships in February, and is available in both base and SS versions like the coupe.
Neiman Marcus Edition
On October 19, 2010 at 12pm EDT, orders of the Neiman Marcus Edition Camaro Convertible were opened through Neiman Marcus and sold out within 3 minutes becoming one of quickest selling special edition vehicles that General Motors has put out in the market. A total of 100 units were produced and sold at a MSRP of $75,000 which owners received delivery of in early 2011. The NM Camaro was built under both the 1SS and 2SS models providing with the 6.2L V8 engine in both options of either manual or automatic transmissions with the equal fuel efficiency and horsepower of the 2011 Camaros. Accessories that separated this edition from the rest were noticeably that of the exclusive tri-coat exterior paint called "Deep Bourdeaux" with ghosted rally stripes spanning across the hood to the rear deck along with a separate "Silver" painted windshield surround. A two-toned interior leather trim also separated the special edition from the rest with basic black leather with "Amber" interior accents on the front and rear seats as well as on the armrests all with accented "Brilliant Red" stitching on the aforementioned including the center console, steering wheel, and shift knob. A black interior trim kit placed upon the doors panels and dash which replaced the standard "Midnight Silver" that came in standard 2LT and 2SS models. 21" five spoke wheels that were not yet released to the general public for separate purchasing until late 2011 were placed wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero tires that also contained a Brilliant Red strip flowing along the outer edge of the wheel to follow that stitching in the interior. This edition of the Camaro was the only batch of untis that were to follow trimming keys of that from the 2007 Camaro Convertible Concept with the Silver painted Window surround, interior leather trim placements, and wide spoke wheels. No Camaro Convertible produced from the factory ever provided a different color windshield surround other than the produced body color.
2011 Synergy Series
From concept to reality, the 2011 Synergy Series Camaro first made its debut at the 2009 SEMA event as a concept under the tag of Camaro Chroma. This concept was to display a combination of various parts from the Chevrolet Camaro's accessories catalog of both current and conceptual pieces to provide a different appearance from the other Camaro models. In 2010, the car would pop its face again howver under a different exterior paint scheme of "Cyber Gray Metallic" and new nameplate of Synergy Series. It was made known that the Synergy car being shown at the 2010 SEMA event was not just going to be a concpet but that it would be made available to the general public to purchase for the 2011 year model run. On May 5, 2011 orders were open to those who desired to purchase the appearance package on top of the price of either a 2LT or 2SS in either a coupe or convertible plus purchase of the RS package was required. Only the exterior colors of Victory Red, Summit White or Black could be made with purchase. Upon ordering the Synergy Series Camaro people had the option to choose between two different packages:
Level One (RPO: AJA): Red interior stitching on gray leather-appointed interior seats, center console, steering wheel, shifter boot and knob, and armrests on the doors. Switchblade Silver interior trim kit on dash and door panels with accented red light piping in door trim, footwells, and cup holders. Body colored ground effects, Heritage grille, Blade spoiler, and antenna. Red engine cover and red colored Brembo brake calipers. Premium floor mats with red edging and Silver stripe Yenko enspired decals on hood, mailslot, rear deck, and side gills. The MSRP for this option package level was US$4,995 additional with purchase of either 2LT or 2SS model both with order of a RS package.
Level Two (RPO: AJB): All Content from Level One package with the addition of dealer-installed 21” wide five spoke wheels with "Blade Silver" inserts and "Red Flange" stripe along the edge of wheels. The MSRP for this option package level was US$9,995 additional with purchase of either 2LT or 2SS model both with order of a RS package.
Only 500 units of this package incorporated into the Camaros were to be produced for the 2011 model year run, however only 400 were actually ordered. The name Synergy was decided by Chevrolet to be not only known for the green color of the first run of special edition Camaros in 2010 but to be a yearly special edition Camaro offered by Chevrolet for their determination to release at least two special edition Camaros every year. So the waord "Series" was added to reflect the editions as a annual special edition.
XM Accessory Appearance Package
The XM Accessory Appearance Package (RPO: ABN) was introduced at the 2010 SEMA event providing an option that would differintiate the 1LT model from the rest as special editions were being offered towards the SS models. Ordering of the appearance package began on February 17, 2011 until the end of the 2011 model and were only limited to the following exterior colors of Black, Cyber Gray Metallic, and Imperial Blue Metallic. Integrated with the purchase of the XM Accessory Appearance Package were front body colored Heritage Grille, 21-inch wide 5-spoke polished aluminum wheels, Silver strip running along the side of the Camaro following the contours of the shoulders to the front with pinstriping, premium capeted floor mats, rear spoiler without the need to purchase an RS (RPO: WRS) package and a 12 month free trial subscription to XM Satellite Radio.
For the 2012 model year, the Camaro LS's V6 engine receives new upgrades, including lighter components, new cylinder head design, improved intake port design and larger intake vales, and new fuel pump and fuel injectors. This results in an engine over 20 pounds (9.1 kg) lighter than the 2011 one, producing 323 horsepower (241 kW) at 6,800 rpm, 11 hp more than 2011, and 278 lb·ft (377 N·m) torque.
Other changes include a new FE4 suspension package for the SS, a revised instrument panel and steering wheel, and an available rear-view camera.
Chevrolet introduced a new Camaro model, the ZL1, at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. The ZL1 features a supercharged and inter cooled 6.2 L V-8 engine that will produce an estimated 580 hp (430 kW) and 556 lb·ft (754 N·m) of torque. A six-speed Tremec T6060 manual with a dual plate clutch, MagneRide active suspension (formerly used in the Corvette lineup), 20 inch Goodyear Supercar F2 tires with aluminum wheels, and 14.4/14.6 inch Brembo brakes are included. The vehicle is expected to be available in early 2012 for the 2012 model year.
45th Anniversary Edition
Chevrolet will also offer a special edition 45th anniversary Camaro for 2012. It debuted at the Camaro5 Fest II in Arizona on April 15, 2011. The package includes unique badges, dark silver wheels and lamp bezels, Jet Black interior with white panel inserts, and red, white, and blue stitching.
Chevrolet started taking pre-orders for the 2010 Camaro on October 13, 2008, however sales to rentals and orders made after the pre-order period, were processed before many of the pre-orders. By the end of 2008, General Motors confirmed more than 10,000 advanced orders and that all pre-orders would be completed by October 2009. Camaro sales began in April 2009. On January 17, 2009, the first production fifth-generation Camaro was auctioned at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction. The winning bidder paid US$350,000 with all proceeds going to the American Heart Association.
By late June 2009, Chevrolet dealers were reporting that Camaro sales were exceeding availability, with prices running about US$5,000 above the MSRP. It was suggested that this may be influenced by the prominent presence of the vehicle in the Transformers movie sequel that was released worldwide through the month.
General Motors sold 61,648 Camaros in the 2009 calendar year. Sales of the Camaro did not start until April 2009.
Year Sales 2009 61,648 2010 81,299
Awards and recognition
- Official vehicle of the 2008, 2010,and 2011 SEMA show.
- Vehicles that will redefine the auto industry in the next year, Detroit Free Press
- Official Pace Car of the 2009 Daytona 500
- Official Pace Car of the Texas Motor Speedway April 2010 O'Reilly 300
- Official Pace Car of the 2011 Daytona 500
- Official Pace Car of the 2009 Indianapolis 500
- Official Pace Car of the 2010 Indianapolis 500
- Official Pace Car of the 2011 Indianapolis 500
- Official Pace Car of the 2011 Samsung Mobile 500
- Official Pace Car of the 2009 Dickies 500
- Official Pace Car of the 2009 Coke Zero 400
- Official Pace Car of the 2010 Coke Zero 400
- 2010 All Star, Automobile Magazine
- 2010 Best Resale Value: Sports Car, Kiplinger
- 2010 Best Resale Value Award, Kelly Blue Book
- Top 20 Most-Researched New Vehicles of 2009, Kelly Blue Book
- World Car Design of the Year, 2010, World Car of the Year Awards
- 2010 Interior of the Year (sports car), Ward's
- Best Buy, Consumers Digest
- 2010 Drivers' Choice, Motor Trend
- Internet Car and Truck of the Year
- 2010 Launch Breakthrough Award, Edmunds
SEMA concept vehicles
Inspired by the COPO Camaros of the late 1960s, the Camaro LS7 Concept was built from the 2010 Camaro SS with LS3 engine that gets replaced with a GM Performance Parts LS7 crate engine producing around 550 bhp (410 kW). With the inclusion of a high performance exhaust, headers, air intake system and replacement camshaft all developed by GM Performance Parts reflects the heritage that the COPO's of past brought to the tracks. Other modifications include a Tremec six-speed manual transmission, Brembo brakes, Hurst short-throw shifter, 20-inch custom wheels, and a lowered ride height. The exterior of the car is presented in a Victory Red color with accents of matte black on the "LS7" badges, front grille slot, rear headlight panel, and hood with the LS7 logo on top of the hood cowl in Victory Red. The interior accentuates the exterior by matching the color scheme with the Victory Red interior panel trim that flows on the doors and dash panel as well as on the gauges of the odometers and four gauge cluster pack. Gloss black replaces every trim that came in silver in the final production Camaros such as on the steering wheel, Hurst shifter knob, vent trimings, and center console clusters.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Camaro
The Camaro Dale Earnhardt Jr. Concept was produced with input from NASCAR Race Dale Earnhardt Jr.. The Camaro started in SS trim and was tuned to run on higher-octane E85. It features a gray and white paint scheme with orange trim. Additional features include 21 in (533 mm) five-spoke wheels, a dovetail spoiler, alternate grille, and other official GM accessory modifications.
GS Camaro Racecar
The Camaro GS Racecar Concept design is inspired by Mark Donohue's blue-and-yellow Trans Am Series Camaro. It features a carbon fiber hood, trunk lid, doors, and fenders to keep weight down and is powered by an LS3 V8 mated to a Tremec 6060 six-speed manual transmission. Additional racing modifications include a 3 in (76 mm) exhaust with Coast Fab mufflers, C&R racing aluminum radiator, and coolers for the engine oil, transmission and differential. It was designed for use in the KONI Challenge Series.
The Camaro Black Concept features a matte black hood, tinted glass, HID headlamps with red "halo rings", a darker grille, dark-tinted taillight lenses, and 21 in (533 mm) wheels with a darker finish. The interior has been blacked out. It is powered by the 304 bhp (227 kW) 3.6 L (220 cu in) V6.
Jay Leno Camaro
GM built Jay Leno his own Camaro, the Jay Leno Camaro is powered by the 3.6 L (220 cu in) direct-injected V6 similar to the unit that resides in stock LS and LT models, but has an additional pair of Turbonetics T-3 turbochargers which produces 425 hp (317 kW) with the help of a custom air-to-air intercooler that feeds 7 pounds of boost into the engine. The extra performance is added with virtually no penalty in fuel economy. Besides the power upgrades, the vehicle also gets an upgraded Centerforce clutch and pressure plate for the six-speed manual transmission, an upgraded Be-Cool radiator, Brembo 6-piston brake package, a Pedders coil-over lowering kit, and a bodykit that includes a new rear diffuser as well as a revised front fascia and hood with additional venting for brakes and engine. This Camaro concept has yet to be announced for any type of production release but its design is being used for the Bumblebee representation in the new Transformers 3 movie set which was released in the summer of 2011.
The Synergy Concept Camaro was one of two concepts that showcased GM accessories that could be applied to the Camaro, previewing a new Synergy Green production exterior color which featured the latest in Camaro appearance accessories offered through Chevy dealers in 2009 demonstrated the personalization possibilities that are open to Camaro owners. The Synergy Concept included Cyber Grey rally hood and rear deck stripes, new ground effects kit consisting of new rear diffuser, a front spoiler, a new rear bumper with integrated exhaust system and a rear high wing spoiler that was to have been available at the time of reveal. All accessories that were displayed on the concept Camaro were finished in the production Cyber Grey exterior color. The concept vehicle also included 21 in (530 mm) wheels with a black center finish and polished rim. The concept was further enhanced with a Pedders coil-over lowering kit and a set of large Brembo brakes. The interior is color-coordinated with Jet Black and Synergy Green accent stitching, piping, interior tim kit and green ambient lighting that run along the door panels and speedometers. The production version of the concept Camaro, the Synergy Special Edition, would eventually be made available in February 2010 through May 2010 in limited numbers.
The Camaro Chroma Concept is based on a LS3 SS/RS model in Summit White and uses a combination of accessory components that showcased future GM accessories for the Camaro which would become available during the 2011 run of the car. The Chroma concept was the prilimnary design of what would become later known as the "Synergy Series Camaro" that would debut at the 2010 SEMA Show. The accessories package included a new silver stripe package, 21 in (530 mm) wheels with silver-painted spoke centers with a Victory Red stripe painted along the edge of the wheel, "Blade” rear spoiler, color-matching ground effects package, rear fender vent graphics, and "Heritage" front grill with body-color outer frame. The interior comes with black and gray leather seats which feature red accent stitching that is also applied to the steering wheel and shifter boot that is surrounding a Hurst short-throw shifter as well as an interior trim kit painted in Silver Ice that incorporates the door panels and dash trim. Though the car is a looker it's not to be misunderstood as a show car, performance wise it's incorporated with a combination of General Motor Perorfance Parts off-road shorty headers, Pedders' suspension kit, off-road exhaust and Brembo Calipers painted in Vistory Red.
The Camaro Dusk Concept offers a contemporary tuner aesthetic featuring an aggressive look, a lowered ride height, 21 in (530 mm) BBS wheels, the rear spoiler from an SS model and a custom ground effects package. The ground effects package includes a front splitter, rocker extensions, and a rear diffuser. The car is painted in Berlin Blue while the ground effects are painted a contrasting color. GM added a new exhaust system and Brembo brakes from a Camaro SS. The interior is trimmed in Jet Black and Sedona. Other interior features including footwell lighting and premium door sill plates. The concept also features advanced technology and premium audio options such as a Boston Acoustics sound system, WiFi connectivity, and cradle for an iPhone.
Chevrolet launched a graphics campaign in October 2009 asking Camaro enthusiasts to vote for their favorite design from several accessory graphics packages. The top four designs were produced and brought to the SEMA Show. The Camaro Graphics Concept wore those designs in different days. When the convention ends, another round of voting will be conducted and the winner will be considered for future production. Brent Dewar, vice president of Chevrolet, said that Camaro has thousands of fans on the social media sites and that this is one way for the company to stay connected to its customers.
The Camaro SSX concept car was created to be a factory built racecar. The car was built by GM and Pratt & Miller Engineering with help from car builder Riley Technologies. The car interior was removed to reduce weight and fitted with a full roll cage and fire suppression system for safety. The only seat is a full carbon shell racing seat with 5 point harnesses. The exterior received additional racing components like a carbon fiber front splitter and adjustable rear wing and was finished in a pearl matt white paint. The car was also fitted with carbon fiber hood and fenders to further reduce weight. The suspension system was improved through the use of Pfadt Race Engineering performance suspension components consisting of coilovers, sway bars, bushings and many other performance products.
The car received two awards at SEMA: The SEMA Award: Hottest Car and the Gran Turismo Award: Best Domestic.
Stevenson Motorsports have entered two Camaros in the Continental Challenge Gran Sport class. They entered one Camaro in the 2009 race at Virginia International Raceway. It was driven by Jeff Bucknum and David Donohue, sons of Ronnie Bucknum and Mark Donohue. Ronnie and Mark were the drivers of the original Trans Am Camaro. John Stevenson confirmed during the Montreal round of the 2009 Rolex Sports Car Series season that Pratt & Miller are working on GT Camaros to replace the Pontiac GXP.R. Stevenson Motorsports will be entering Camaros in the 2010 Rolex Sports Car Series season. The drivers will be Andrew Davis, Robin Liddell, and Jan Magnussen for the #57 machine and Mike Borkowski and Gunter Schaldach for the #97 machine.
TC Motorsports have entered two Camaros in the Continental Challenge for the 2010 season. Also entered is the aforementioned Sunoco Camaro, which debuted in the final round of the 2009 season.
TV and film
In the 2007 live-action Transformers movie, the character Bumblebee is portrayed as a yellow 1976 Camaro that, midway through the film, becomes a fifth-generation Camaro. The movie prop cars were built by Saleen using molds of the actual concept car provided by General Motors. The movie prop cars are heavily modified Pontiac GTOs with the Camaro Concept's exterior and interior. A modified fifth-generation Camaro reprises the role of Bumblebee in the sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and was modified again in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
During season 15 of Top Gear, a Camaro SS (A6, L99) was driven around the Top Gear test track in 1:27.9.
After the 2010 version incarnation of Hawaii Five-0 was picked up by CBS for broadcast, starting with the second episode (September 27, 2010), a Chevrolet product placement deal includes a Camaro RS used by Danny Williams.
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