Now that GM has given many of the larger automotive magazines and e-zines the opportunity to test drive different forms of the 2010 Chevy Camaro V6, they’ve all got something to say about it. They’ve got some things in common as well.
All of them seem to really enjoy the car, and that is a big difference from previous V6 and Base Model Camaros in the past. Keep in mind that all 3 of these were with prototypes that are missing many of the fine-tuned details.
With these positive words about the car, it’s sure to get many 2010 Camaro enthusiasts excited for the upcoming year.
The V6 Camaro provides a glimpse into our performance future. Yes, it’s easy to dismiss any Camaro that’s not packing the grunt of a small-block V8. And no, this car won’t smoke your buddy’s SRT8 Challenger. But it does prove that a trim Camaro that gets around 26 mpg on the highway can be quite a lot of fun
The Camaro as high-revving back-road burner: It’s not exactly a familiar concept, is it? Thankfully, that doesn’t stop it from being true. The Camaro’s engine, transmission, steering, and suspension work together in such a way that the entire car feels engineered, not simply bolted together from spare parts. There’s actual, tangible feedback from the controls, the engine is more than up to its task, and the chassis exudes a level of polish rarely seen on cars from Detroit. And topping it all off, the Camaro essentially blows away its competition – the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger seem positively primitive in comparison, a couple of rough-edged, cost-cut, sedan-derived chunks of ordinary.
The acceleration numbers we pulled on the 2009 Challenger SE with its mandatory four-speed automatic transmission were as unimpressive as you would expect from a 3,819-pound car with a 250-hp engine. Zero to 60 takes 8.1 seconds. The SE eats up 16.1 seconds traveling through the quarter-mile.
Chevrolet is estimating that the V6 Camaro can get to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds and complete the quarter in 14.4 seconds. That’s with either the standard six-speed manual or the optional six-speed automatic. Houlihan thinks that with final tweaking, his team will be able to get that figure down to 5.9 seconds to 60 mph. That’s not going to be enough to beat a 350Z, but it would surely take down a Mazda RX-8.
Even accounting for the not exactly impartial source of this information, it’s pretty clear the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro V6 will be quick enough to at least get a car enthusiast’s attention.
If all the pieces come together as expected, this could be the first small-engine pony car we would consider driving — ever.