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Old 04-07-2009, 01:19 AM   #1
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Jalopnik Reviews: 2010 Chevy Camaro SS: First Drive, New York




By Ray Wert, 5:45 PM on Mon Apr 6 2009


Yes, I know we've already reviewed the new Chevy Camaro. I don't care, because after driving one around New York City for an hour last week, I'm comfortable saying I love it. America? (explecitive) yeah.


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My boss, and reigning champion for receipt of the prestigious Dark Lord of Public Media mantle award, Nick Denton, just called me an "unabashed American apologist." I don't even pretend to know what that means, but if it has to do with believing that American automakers still have it in them to bring "teh awesome" to market, then hell yeah I am.

Wes had some minor concerns in his review of the new Chevy Camaro that he felt kept it from being a world-beater, feeling Chevy was trying to push the new Camaro up against the sports car world. Whether interior plastics or minor numbness of steering, I'm not going to discount those deficiencies — they're all valid. But you know what? I don't care.

Forget for a moment this car's performance (a mid-four-second 0-to-60 time) and fuel economy (16/24 for the V8-engined SS, 17/29 for the V6) — because this muscle car's got some serious style. I'd seen looks in cars before. Whether it's a Ferrari F430 or a Bentley GTC Speed, you can get 'em. What I was astonished by was how easily the Camaro gets them.


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One block into my drive in lower Manhattan saw guys grabbing camera phones to take photos. Never saw that with one o' them fancy-pants'ed Euro cars. Nope, this big ol' 'merican muscle car was something different. It carries itself differently — with kind of a swagger.

So I'm willing to ignore those deficiencies Wes found. Mostly, because I'm not trying to rate this car as a sports car. Instead, I'm rating it for what it is — a big hairy 'merican muscle car. From the moment you sit inside and fire up the big 426 HP V8 engine, you're transported to a world where all you want to do is fire off down the road, stoplight-to-breathtakingly-exhilarating-stoplight. In that world, you couldn't care less about plastics on the dash. No, all you care about is goin' fast and knowing you're able to beat the guy next to you.

The new Camaro SS? Yeah, it'll do that — in spades, and better than the competition at the price point. And frankly, that's all I want.



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Old 04-07-2009, 01:23 AM   #2
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Amerigasim, thats great.

dont worry about that funny feeling, they're called goose bumbs should go away in about twenty minutes.
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:56 AM   #3
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Good review. I don't think the car makes any excuses for what it is and isn't. Neither should those who drive and buy them.
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Old 04-07-2009, 09:13 AM   #4
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Jalopnik - SS First Drive, NYC

I know their first review was pretty craptastic, but here's another editor's take during their first drive in NYC.

http://jalopnik.com/5182681/2010-che...drive-new-york

Yes, I know we've already reviewed the new Chevy Camaro. I don't care, because after driving one around New York City for an hour last week, I'm comfortable saying I love it. America? **** yeah.

My boss, and reigning champion for receipt of the prestigious Dark Lord of Public Media mantle award, Nick Denton, just called me an "unabashed American apologist." I don't even pretend to know what that means, but if it has to do with believing that American automakers still have it in them to bring "teh awesome" to market, then hell yeah I am.

Wes had some minor concerns in his review of the new Chevy Camaro that he felt kept it from being a world-beater, feeling Chevy was trying to push the new Camaro up against the sports car world. Whether interior plastics or minor numbness of steering, I'm not going to discount those deficiencies — they're all valid. But you know what? I don't care.

Forget for a moment this car's performance (a mid-four-second 0-to-60 time) and fuel economy (16/24 for the V8-engined SS, 17/29 for the V6) — because this muscle car's got some serious style. I'd seen looks in cars before. Whether it's a Ferrari F430 or a Bentley GTC Speed, you can get 'em. What I was astonished by was how easily the Camaro gets them.

One block into my drive in lower Manhattan saw guys grabbing camera phones to take photos. Never saw that with one o' them fancy-pants'ed Euro cars. Nope, this big ol' 'merican muscle car was something different. It carries itself differently — with kind of a swagger.

So I'm willing to ignore those deficiencies Wes found. Mostly, because I'm not trying to rate this car as a sports car. Instead, I'm rating it for what it is — a big hairy 'merican muscle car. From the moment you sit inside and fire up the big 426 HP V8 engine, you're transported to a world where all you want to do is fire off down the road, stoplight-to-breathtakingly-exhilarating-stoplight. In that world, you couldn't care less about plastics on the dash. No, all you care about is goin' fast and knowing you're able to beat the guy next to you. The new Camaro SS? Yeah, it'll do that — in spades, and better than the competition at the price point. And frankly, that's all I want.
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Old 04-07-2009, 09:19 AM   #5
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Decent write-up.
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Old 04-07-2009, 09:22 AM   #6
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Old 04-07-2009, 09:26 AM   #7
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How come we dont get a car to review?
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Old 04-07-2009, 09:27 AM   #8
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Had just found this, and seen your post to link it to the forums. Good read, just wish I was the one driving it!!
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Old 04-07-2009, 09:29 AM   #9
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Old 04-07-2009, 09:54 AM   #10
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This is exactly how I feel about all of the nit-picking that's been done. Sure, there are going to be a few things here and there that people don't like about a car... everyone has their own likes/dislikes. But at the end of the day... does it really matter? They are so minor in comparison to the whole package!
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Old 04-07-2009, 10:20 AM   #11
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Yeah, for the price, you can't expect everything to be perfect. It's not a Lambo.

Does it compete in its' segment? Of course, and usually comes first
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:53 PM   #12
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Jalopnik comes around..

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Old 04-07-2009, 07:57 PM   #13
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Old 04-07-2009, 08:01 PM   #14
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Just makes me 100X's more excited when i read articles like that
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Old 04-07-2009, 08:06 PM   #16
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I hate the repost smiley.........

I had not seen the article thank you for posting it!
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Old 04-07-2009, 08:11 PM   #17
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not seen article either.

"America? **** yeah" x2

This article pretty much sums up why i have bought my previous camaro SS and why i will buy this one.
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Old 04-07-2009, 08:19 PM   #18
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I hate the repost smiley.........

I had not seen the article thank you for posting it!
Sorry, but the selection is lil on repost smilies!
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Thanks first I seen it.
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Finally, someone writes a review about the Camaro not complaining about the plastic dash.
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Yeah, for the price, you can't expect everything to be perfect. It's not a Lambo.

Does it compete in its' segment? Of course, and usually comes first
well said, well said
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He was driving a stick in the city??

Between that and all the dings you're going to get from asshats...I wouldn't bring that thing within 10 miles of the city.

Straight country roads FTW.
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Amerigasim, thats great.

dont worry about that funny feeling, they're called goose bumbs should go away in about twenty minutes.
I see I'm not the only one that watches Family Guy... lol
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I think I need a beer so I can relax.... much more of these great reviews and I'll be camping down at my chevy dealer in anticipation
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