After touring the show circuit in concept form and a run a starring role in the 2007 summer blockbuster Transformers, GM has announced pricing for the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro.
The V6-powered LS Camaro will sticker for $22,995, while the V8-powered SS will retail for $30,995. Both prices include the $750 destination charge.
The V6 engined Camaro LS comes straight from the Cadillac CTS 3.6 DI. Featuring dual overhead cams with variable valve timing and direct fuel injection, the 3.6-liter motor produces 300 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment; a six-speed automatic is optional.
Camaro SS buyers who chose a six-speed manual transmission will have 422 horsepower and 408 pound-feet of torque, courtesy of the 6.2-liter overhead-valve LS3 V-8. Those who opt for the six-speed automatic SS receive the L99 overhead-valve V8, rated at 400 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque.
The L99 V8 is based on the LS3, but it also includes GM’s Active Fuel Management system, which can shut down up to four cylinders at highway speed to save fuel - an activity that seems at odds with the Camaro SS raison d'être.
In early testing, the LS Camaro delivers 27 mpg on the highway, the SS automatic returns about 23 mpg.
Both models feature a fully-independent rear suspension, four wheel antilock disc brakes (with a Brembo brake upgrade optional on the SS). StabiliTrak traction control and 18 inch wheels come standard, with a 19 and 20-inch wheel upgrade available on the SS.
Six air bags come standard on every Camaro, including head curtain side-impact air bags and front seat-mounted thorax side air bags. Other options include bluetooth hands-free cellphone support, remote start, USB-audio connectivity, OnStar and XM Satellite Radio.
Camaro LS models can also be ordered with the RS appearance package, which includes HID headlamps, a rear lip spoiler, chrome-trimmed taillamps and 20-inch wheels.
Customers can visit their local Chevrolet dealer and place an order starting this evening.
Production will begin next February at GM's Oshawa, Ontario plant and the first dealer orders will be filled in early March.