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Old 03-20-2009, 06:33 PM   #1
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Automobile Magazine Review - First Drive: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS




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The day of reckoning has arrived: Chevy's new Camaro has left the assembly line keen to butt heads with the Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, and other pretenders to the pony car throne. We tested two SS V-8s to find if the long wait has been worthwhile.

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Old 03-20-2009, 06:40 PM   #2
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Quote: "Except for a slightly lazy electronic throttle, there's nothing to complain about in the power department, as the manual transmission Camaro SS easily thumps both the Challenger SRT8 and the latest Mustang GT."

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Old 03-20-2009, 06:43 PM   #3
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One nice touch is an LED light pipe that runs around the dash to uplift the evening-cruise mood.


Seems they got to test out a fully working ABL in theirs..Too bad we are not going to be so lucky..
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Old 03-20-2009, 06:57 PM   #4
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The Camaro SS's combination of price, performance, and panache topples the existing muscle car order.

The Hemi-powered Challenger SRT8 is too heavy to keep pace and the face-lifted Mustang GT is trumped by Camaro's sophistication and speed.

Loyal Chevy fans who've waited six years for this day finally have the car that they deserve.

The new Camaro also has the breadth of character needed to draw defectors back from the import brink.




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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Test Data

xxxxxxxxx Manual Automatic
Acceleration
0-60 mph 4.8 sec 4.9 sec
0-100 mph 10.8 sec 11.1 sec
0-120 15.4 sec 16.3 sec
0-140 mph 21.7 sec 24.8 sec
0-150 mph 26.2 sec --
mile 13.3 sec @ 111 mph 13.4 sec @ 109 mph
30-70 mph passing 6.3 sec 6.2 sec
Peak g 0.63 g 0.69 g
Braking
70-0 mph 149 ft 153 ft
Peak g 1.12 1.1
Cornering
L 0.94 g --
R 0.93 g --
Weight
Curb Weight 3859 lbs 3896 lbs
Distribution (percent f/r) 52.2/ 47.8 52.3/47.7
Speed in Gears
1st 52 mph 38 mph
2nd 76 mph 64 mph
3rd 110 mph 99 mph
4th 157 mph (limited) 131 mph
5th 157 mph (limited) 157 mph (limited)
6th 140 mph 140 mph


Tires: Pirelli P-Zero
Front size: 245/45 YR-20
Rear size: 275/40 YR-20





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Old 03-20-2009, 07:05 PM   #5
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I am extremely disappointed with the 1/4 mile numbers in all of these reviews.
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:22 PM   #6
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ya but look at the MPH in them.. that's a high 12's capable car.

I just compare it to the numbers they get with the Mustang and Challenger.. the Camaro IS faster than both..so if challengers/mustangs are pulling better times off than what the magazines are posting, so will the Camaro.
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:26 PM   #7
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Uh yea, some were saying 11's stock possibly. I told them they were drinking too much.
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:28 PM   #8
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they even have the test cars being misleading with the ABL. Uf you look at all the other rad tests, they have been given cars with cloth panels and such.
I dont understand why they havnt given all production intent cars.
Some are production intent, like the 1SS and so, but others are still missing key parts
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:33 PM   #9
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they even have the test cars being misleading with the ABL. Uf you look at all the other rad tests, they have been given cars with cloth panels and such.
I dont understand why they havnt given all production intent cars.
Some are production intent, like the 1SS and so, but others are still missing key parts
So that when they do the FULL tests, GM can give them production complete cars that are made right and they can praise the "improvements"!
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:08 PM   #10
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I thought they were given production cars? I don't understand this.....
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:19 PM   #11
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No these reviews are from a while back they just could not print untill the embargo got lifted at 6
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:16 PM   #12
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Does AutomobileMag Know something we don't?

So I was reading AutomobileMag's review of the SS and found that they mentioned ambient lighting going the width of entire dashboard...

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One nice touch is an LED light pipe that runs around the dash to uplift the evening-cruise mood.
I was under the impression that it was door panels only... Are they smoking, or is something afoot?


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So I was reading AutomobileMag's review of the SS and found that they mentioned ambient lighting going the width of entire dashboard...



I was under the impression that it was door panels only... Are they smoking, or is something afoot?


http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews..._ss/index.html
I mentioned this in two posts of mine. Apparently they got one with working ABL to test, perhaps so they would give better reviews of the interior..Who knows.. Others got 2SS's with leather seats and cloth panels it seems..
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:18 PM   #14
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:54 PM   #15
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Like ArcAngel said, these reviews are from a while back, so I guess they just didn't have the ABL on long enough for it to get hot and burn up, or whatever it's shortcoming was....and no excuse for the slow times when we know it has done better. Otherwise, very positive.
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Old 03-20-2009, 11:41 PM   #16
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Though I am impressed, espsecially with the V6. It seem that with 3.45 gears and 28.7" tall tires makes the camaro soft off the line. This is a very good deal, but if Ford does come out with a 5.0 then the camaro will need 3.73 gears ASAP! Which should make the camaro even quicker. Too me it looks like chevy sacrificed some acceleration to achieve fuel economy. The the V6 is incredible!!
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The Aussies who developed Camaro's chassis did a superb job of tuning the strut-type front suspension and a rubber-isolated multi-link (independent) rear suspension. The Camaro SS not only handles brilliantly, it also has the best ride in the pony car class with secure grip over bumps, supple damping, and adequate body control.

Turn in is razor sharp, and balance is commendable. Drift fans need only select second gear, add boot, and apply counter-steer to impress the impressionable with their car control. Feedback from the road is lacking until the tires work up a sweat but the steering is quick, the leather-clad wheel spokes feel right, and the Pirelli P-Zero rubber bites the road like a Gila monster.

The Brembo 4-piston rigidly mounted brake calipers provide predictable pedal feel, no fade, and excellent balance during all-out stops. One of the developmental hurdles cleared at the Nürburgring and on GM's Milford Road Course was demonstrating true race-track readiness. Thanks to its stout brakes and lubricant coolers plumbed into both the engine and manual transmission, Camaro has the stamina to run flat out through a full tank of fuel. ...next page >>
My favorite section, but I hope we get 3.73 gears ASAP.
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Old 03-21-2009, 01:33 PM   #18
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I am extremely disappointed with the 1/4 mile numbers in all of these reviews.
Automobile's times are dissapointing, but others got right at 13.0. Chevy advertises 12.9. Considering the ambient temp was 48 deg that day, the tires aren't going to hook their best. Anyone who thought this car was going to run any faster than a 12.9 was smoking crack.
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