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Old 07-22-2008, 09:36 AM   #1
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421Tempest: Do you forsee a Central Office Production Orders (COPO) type Camaro being offered in the future with a High Performance engine that would be competitive with cars, for example the 500 HP Ford Cobra GT500?

WendyClark: We're finishing up the John Fitzpatrick chat and will be started in just a few minutes. Thanks for your patience.

MikeAndJeff: Hello everyone!

blackoutj: Is the light ring shown in the ignition video going to be available? Can you change the gauge lighing colors similar to the mustang?

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MikeAndJeff: The light ring around the gauges is standard on all vehicles. In addition, there will be ambient light across the instrument panel that flows into the doors that matches the rings around the gauges. We do have two colors - ice blue and red - however, you can not dial a different color like the Mustang.

nancygrl2002: I noticed the 3 different wheel/tire configurations for the 3 different models. Are the wheels/rims the same appearance but in the different sizes? Or are there 3 different style wheels/rims????

MikeAndJeff: We have 18, 19 and 20 inch wheels in the Camaro wheels and they all have individual appearances. We have 20 inch wheels for the SS and V6 and V8 RS packs.

MrToad: I've seen pictures on the interior, I see lights on the a lot of the buttons, will those lights be changeable?

MikeAndJeff: No, they will always be ice blue.

421Tempest: The concept Camaro exhibited a slit/opening in the hood however the Camaro demonstrated at yesterdays unveiling did appear to have this feature. Has this been changed?

MikeAndJeff: The detail slot above the grill is a feature we saved for the SS

wareagle900: Can you tell us the difference between the RS and the base model tail lights?

MikeAndJeff: Tail lamps are the same across all models.

wplangan: With so many other manufacturers offering retractable hard tops, andthis being a modern spin on a classic, why go rag top?

MikeAndJeff: The main reasons are simplicity and use of a rag top and the mass decision for performance (hardtops are very heavy). It's also a commitment to keep the car affordable.

gss9909: why was the slit on the ss not made fuctional? I was really hoping for forced are.

MikeAndJeff: It's a visual design feature. The reason it's not functional is it requires a large structural element behind it.

Reccie: Gday Mike, how are you enjoying Detroit after Melbourne?

MikeAndJeff: With an event like the Camaro launch, it's pretty great over here.

jamesmcd: How much of the design was done in Australia?

MikeAndJeff: Theming for both the exterior and the interior was done here in North America, which is the spiritual home for the Camaro design, but the execution and engineering development was done in Australia. The team down there handled all the development including testing and are now heading back to North America for production.

MikeAndJeff: That's the value of having a global design organization.

MrToad: How many people will fit inside? And are the back seats comparable to the Mustang?

MikeAndJeff: The backseat design is more expressive than the Mustang (bolsters), and it's got more knee and head room than the Mustang. It's a better package.

MrToad: Will the interior have a different color, depending what color is on the exterior?

MikeAndJeff: The customer will be able to choose what color. We will offer all black, gray, gray option, tan option and the accent pack color which is a red-orange. The color will be on the A surface of the seat and the IP and door insert.

gss9909: the rs package discription said rs specific headlight and tail lights could you illaberate?

MikeAndJeff: Headlights are a specific design with an HID function and halo light ring. The tail lamps have the same appearance with a slightly darker internal finish, but essentially, they have the same exterior design.

dvanduse396: Will it be a 4 or 5 passenger vehicle?

MikeAndJeff: Four passsenger.

Bama69: Houndstooth Interior?

MikeAndJeff: Believe me, we thought about it. It's not planned for production right now. Maybe down the road, a modern Houndstooth?

jdpickering: In the concept car the seats had the old style stiching and had a real old car seat look. Will this be an option at all specifically the stiching?

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MikeAndJeff: Both the cloth and the leather seats have strong accent stitching. Our goal was to capture some of the detail of the heritage cars but do it in a contemporary fashion.

dvanduse396: Enough leg and head room for a 6'4" driver to be comfortable?

MikeAndJeff: The real test was putting Rick Wagoner into the vehicle. He's 6'6" and he was comfortable.

24speedzone: can you tell us what colors ext

MikeAndJeff: Please visit chevy.com/camaro for exterior colors.

wareagle900 to MikeAndJeff: Will there be an option for blue or red bowties? (we like colored bowties)

WendyClark: We have a lot of questions in the queue - we are doing our best to answer them!

MikeAndJeff: No option for bowties.

ws6w72: I've noticed the car is devoid of spoilers and other aero devices- are there any plans to offer such items other than the rear spoiler?

MikeAndJeff: There's a decklid spoiler on the RS pack and the SS which you saw on the Web release last night. The car doesn't have a need for large ground effects. It works well in standard form. We will have an accessory appearance pack that will come along a little bit later.

kworthin: Did the addition of the B pillar change the shape of the top too?

MikeAndJeff: The B pillar was added to the car to help the structure but didn't affect the shape of the vehicle. If you compare the concept to the production car you saw last night, you'll see there's almost zero difference to the profile of the car.

nancygrl2002: Is there an option for a sun/moon roof????

MikeAndJeff: Yes, we will have an option for a power sunroof available on both models.

gss9909: what are the body panels made of ie hood fenders , composite ect?

MikeAndJeff: Te car is essentially steel, although for lighter efficiency, the hood is alloy. Throughout the car, particularly in the suspension, there are lighter materials.

gss9909: do the tail lights achieve the same "after burner effect as thw concept?

MikeAndJeff: (the afterburners effects we're talking about on the concept car). The LED detail on the concept car which we reproduced on the lens material on the production vehicle. They sparkle in the same way.

WendyClark: Thanks for joining us today. A transcript will be posted on GMnext.com later this week. Feel free to join our next chat with engineer Doug Houlihan. Go to chat.gmnext.com to join the next chat. Thanks again!

MikeAndJeff: Thanks everybody!
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:45 AM   #2
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:39 PM   #3
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Love the chats! Unfortunately, I was up until a lil' after 5 catching up on these posts and slept right through the chats!!
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Old 07-22-2008, 02:59 PM   #4
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"MikeAndJeff: Te car is essentially steel, although for lighter efficiency, the hood is alloy. Throughout the car, particularly in the suspension, there are lighter materials."

I think this is great. One of my biggest complaints of the 4th. Gen. was that the car kinda' felt cheap because of the SMC and reaction injected materials. I know the facias will likely be the later, which is fine, but am very happy to learn the rest of the car is metal. I'm sure this added weight, but I just think it makes the car more substantial, which, to me, gives the car a higher quality feel.

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Old 07-27-2008, 07:37 AM   #5
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The Ice Blue lights will be there if we order the orange accent package? That will be strange. You would think the large accent around the dash and into the doors should also glow orange. However since I'm leaning towards Imperial Blue with Cyber Gray stripes and the orange interior, perhaps blue lighting with orange trim won't be so bad..

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Old 07-27-2008, 08:13 AM   #6
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No. If you order the orange accent package, the interior accent lights will be the orange. That's the only time you'll get the orange interior lights.
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Old 07-27-2008, 08:16 AM   #7
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The buttons remain blue per the chat above, but I agree that the accents are orange, which in the video on the Chevy sight that got pulled looked more red, but that may have just been that video.....
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Old 07-28-2008, 12:39 PM   #8
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Thanks for posting this, I love to hear it from GM...I guess keeping weight done by the hood is a no go.
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Old 07-28-2008, 01:55 PM   #9
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421Tempest: Do you forsee a Central Office Production Orders (COPO) type Camaro being offered in the future with a High Performance engine that would be competitive with cars, for example the 500 HP Ford Cobra GT500?


was it just me or did they not answer this question?
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:40 PM   #10
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yup, that's the only question that was interesting to me
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:53 PM   #11
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I'm confused. So will the gauges be either blue or red, or is red only available as the trim?

I hope the gauges only come in blue; red's just really hard on the eyes at night.
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Old 07-28-2008, 06:18 PM   #12
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I'm confused. So will the gauges be either blue or red, or is red only available as the trim?

I hope the gauges only come in blue; red's just really hard on the eyes at night.
Gauges are always blue, so is the led light pip on the trim and doors unless you order the orange accents, then its orange,but it did look red in the video on the Chevy site...
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Old 07-28-2008, 07:39 PM   #13
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How would you know where redline is if everything was red?



Well backseat is bigger than a mustang,
taillamps have the afterburner effect (supposedely)
Someone an inch taller than me is comfortable sitting in the car.

I'm happy.
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Old 07-28-2008, 07:40 PM   #14
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Well, eventually the rev limiter will kick on.....Either that or the really loud noise....
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Had an LT1 eat a camshaft once after less than 100 miles on my 96 Z28, made a funny noise when I started it and ran kinda rough, drove right to the dealer, they took one listen to it, took the key away, gave me a loaner, and replaced everything from the clutch forward. They said a few more miles and some of the fine metal shavings journeying throughout the motor would have clogged something and I could well have had something sticking out of the block where one would not normally expect it.....I just wish I had a better story about breaking it, but all I did was start it....
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:03 PM   #17
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Awww no cool story about installing an unplanned window in your block?!
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Awww no cool story about installing an unplanned window in your block?!
no I've got that story...except it only made it to the water jacket and through the oil pan.
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That ice blue accent light is SEXY
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