Pics and Video of the New Camaro Concept!

For release: Jan. 9, 2006, after press conference


CHEVROLET CAMARO CONCEPT:
CAPTURING THE TIMELESS SPIRIT OF CAMARO

- Thoroughly modern interpretation of the classic sport coupe
- Dramatic design, responsive performance

DETROIT – Combining dramatic design and exciting performance, the Chevrolet Camaro Concept recaptures the spirit of one of the most popular sport coupes of all time and redefines the Camaro for new generations of fans.

The Camaro Concept embodies the performance and passion that have made first-generation Camaros some of the most sought-after collector cars, updating the formula with a fuel-efficient powertrain, sophisticated chassis and contemporary design execution. The goal is to make the sport coupe relevant to younger enthusiasts while retaining its appeal to its current fans.

“Millions of people of all ages fell in love with the Camaro for all of the right reasons,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president, global design. “Camaros were beautiful to look at and offered performance that could rival expensive European GTs. Yet they were practical enough to drive every day and priced within the reach of many new car buyers.”

Though only a show car at this point, the Camaro Concept is intended to explore customer reaction to design and engineering elements that might lead to an all-new version of the Camaro.

The long hood, short deck and wide stance of the Camaro Concept leave no doubt that it is a serious performance car. Those looks are backed up by a 400-horsepower aluminum small-bock V-8, a six-speed manual transmission, and a sophisticated chassis with four-wheel independent suspension.

Like its forebears, the Camaro Concept would be practical enough for everyday use. It features fuel-saving features like Active Fuel Management™ cylinder deactivation technology, yielding highway fuel economy of 30 mpg or better. Its overall size is a comfortable fit for city streets and suburban parking lots, and its back seat provides occasional seating for two adults.

Lean, muscular design

Because of Camaro’s powerful heritage, the GM Design team chose a theme that pays homage to the original Camaro, while being instantly recognizable as an all-new car.

Said Bob Boniface, director of the Warren Advanced Design Studio, “The fact that the Camaro has been out of production for a number of years made it particularly important that the Camaro Concept honors the Camaro heritage in the right way.”

The 1969 Camaro, considered by many to be the best first-generation design, was a significant inspiration. But as GM design teams in Warren, Mich., worked on alternatives for the Camaro Concept, they also turned to the latest Corvette and to aircraft like the YF-22, seeking a design that encompasses the spirit that made the 1969 Camaro great, but interprets that spirit in a fresh, exciting way.

“The overall proportions, long hood and powerful fender forms say, ‘This is a front-engine, rear-wheel drive performance vehicle,’ ” said Tom Peters, design director, rear-wheel drive performance cars. The prominent front grille and hood bulge hint at the power of the Corvette-derived V-8 engine. Large wheels and tires, exposed high-performance brakes and prominent fender shapes signal that the Camaro Concept has the handling and braking to go with the powertrain.

The cockpit of the Camaro nestles between sharply defined fender forms, a design element inspired by fighter planes and the new Corvette. And like any high-performance vehicle, the clean, purposeful design is integral to the aesthetic. “The Camaro Concept isn’t just a styled shape,” said Peters. “The design incorporates what the vehicle needs to perform to its optimum level.”

The same purposeful design is reflected in the interior of the Camaro Concept. The gauges and splash of orange trim hint at classic first-generation Camaros, but the overall design and execution reflect the no-nonsense functionality that drivers expect from a high-performance Chevrolet sports car.

Performance for the real world
The Camaro Concept features the latest generation of GM’s legendary small-block V-8. The 6.0-liter LS2 engine features an aluminum block and heads for light weight, and Active Fuel Management™, which shuts off four cylinders to save fuel when the engine is lightly loaded. This concept version of the LS2 is rated at 400 horsepower, yet it could also deliver more than 30 mpg at highway speeds.

The Camaro Concept’s six-speed manual transmission provides a wide spread of ratios for aggressive acceleration off the line, confident passing and merging and efficient highway cruising.

Modern sports cars are about more than just straight-line speed, so the Camaro Concept features a sophisticated rear-wheel drive chassis. Its independent front and rear suspension features progressive-rate springs and gas-pressurized dampers. Four-wheel vented disc brakes with 14-inch rotors provide confident stopping under all conditions.

Enhancing both the performance and appearance of the Camaro Concept are unique five-spoke cast alloy wheels, 21 inches in the front and 22 inches in the rear.

An American icon
Designed in the mid-1960s, the first-generation Camaro captured the optimism of an era. The Baby Boomers were in their teens, rock-and-roll and Motown ruled the airwaves, and American culture was sweeping the globe.

Like the Impala, Chevelle and Sting Ray, the new Camaro showcased Chevy’s strength of bringing stylish, high-quality cars to a mainstream audience. Its dramatic proportions and graceful lines recalled both the Corvette and the Italian Gran Turismo cars of the era. And its powertrain lineup, which soon included both the potent Z-28 small block and big block 396s and 427s, gave the Camaro the performance to go with its looks.

But what really made the Camaro an American icon was that it was accessible to millions. Chevy sold more than 699,000 Camaros in its first three years. So for every Z-28 taking the checkered flag at the track, there were thousands of less exotic Camaros cruising the drive-ins, picking up the groceries, or taking the family on vacation.

“The Camaro Concept is designed to have that same broad appeal, with unmistakable style, spirit and performance,” said Welburn.

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Contact:
Tom Wilkinson
Design Communications
Phone: 586-986-5143
E-mail: tom.wilkinson@gm.com


SPECIFICATIONS – CHEVROLET CAMARO CONCEPT
Vehicle type: two-door, four-passenger rear-wheel drive sport coupe
Wheelbase (in / mm): 110.5 / 2806
Length (in / mm): 186.2 / 4730
Width (in / mm): 79.6 / 2022
Height (in / mm): 53 / 1344
Track (in / mm): 63.8 / 1620 front; 63.3 / 1607 rear
Engine: 6.0-L V-8 LS-2, 400 hp / 298 kw, with Active Fuel Management™
Transmission: six-speed manual T56
Suspension: four-wheel independent: MacPherson strut front, multilink rear, progressive rate coil springs, gas-pressurized dampers
Brakes: four-wheel disc, 15” rotors with four-piston calipers
Wheels: cast aluminum, 21” front, 22” rear
Tires: 275/30R21 front, 305/30R22 rear

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Revise the front fascia and grill slightly, deep six the ram air scoop and I'd call it perfect.


Chris S
 
BandAid said:
That thing is sweet,but buy time the duoche bags at GM get it to production (2009) I may be in a wheel chair or the better producing car company Chrysler's new badass ride ,what ever it may be at the time.... :wink: :wink:

The press release had blurb about that. Something along the lines of "If people say the Challenger has 35 more HP, well, we have a proven 100 more HP on tap just in case." :cool:

I think its a great car, I like both but I bleed GM so I will most likely put a Camaro next to my GN. If they make it in Hugger Orange well, that would be it for me. No doubt, a Hugger Orange LS2 Camaro would be awesome to say the least.

Here is a nice video one of the owners over at LS2.com put together of the concept Camaro. Right Click > Save As
 
I think the car is cool but a lil too much.

However I think the "modern retro" look is a bad idea when taken to such an extreme. I remember thinking a few years back that if GM was smart they would offer a limited number (1,500) of Retro 69 Chevelles that would have all the modern comforts and benefits but look exactly like an original 375HP 69 Chevelle inside and out. (502 powerplant of course ;) ) I dont like the Mustangs but I did like the black 05 that Foose did on Overhaulin. I do however like the simple styling of the GTO and am very interested to see the American made versions after they release the new platform. I hope they dont get crazy like the mustang and camaro. As far as the Chrysler products--------------Never would I be caught dead in one....... NEVER.
 
Brer Rabbit said:
However I think the "modern retro" look is a bad idea when taken to such an extreme. I remember thinking a few years back that if GM was smart they would offer a limited number (1,500) of Retro 69 Chevelles that would have all the modern comforts and benefits but look exactly like an original 375HP 69 Chevelle inside and out. (502 powerplant of course ;) ) I dont like the Mustangs but I did like the black 05 that Foose did on Overhaulin. I do however like the simple styling of the GTO and am very interested to see the American made versions after they release the new platform. I hope they dont get crazy like the mustang and camaro. As far as the Chrysler products--------------Never would I be caught dead in one....... NEVER.

I hear they are making a hurse out of Magnums, so technically you may be caught dead in one. :D
 
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i think the car looks awesome the stickler is if GM wants to start filling in that big hole theve dug with the GP the need to price this car right and build it right... magnums chargers and mustangs are still relitivly cheap fun the genereral needs to pull its head out and to the same with this car.. if they price it right im sure they will sell a ****load of these cars and gain some popularity back..

not to mention they need to build it right the FIRST TIME dont pull another GTO mistake "oh well get it right the secoldn year") price it right and build it right the first time.

JMHO
karl
 
oh yea i almost forget make the bolt pattern on that car 5-120.65 so i can bolt em on my 7t cutty :D :D :D :D and the WH1 :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :eek:
 
we were talking about the Camaro and a buddy of mine said, "Have you seen the Challenger yet?" Google Dodge Challenger.........take a peek. Side by each?

Challenger hands down.......................that car is awesome
 
I think it looks pretty good, next to a 4th gen camaro its only about 203409340598 times better looking

If it looks like the challenger to you, guess what, the 1970 cuda looked a hell of alot like the 1969 camaro, and its obvious the "challenger" borrows a ton of styling cues from the cuda

I like them both, much more so than the mustang. If they are going to sell its going to be with the section of the market looking for big, boxy, angry looking american cars, the same part responsible for the success of the big chryslers/dodges.

two things i have a gripe about on the concept camaro

its way too long looking

the doors are enormous

have these people learned nothing from the past? One of the crappiest things about owning an f body is just getting in and out of one. You have to be a contortionist to get into one in a parking lot because of those enormous doors that end well behind the drivers seat.

They could also stand to chop about a foot out of the midsection.


The challenger on the other hand has way too high of a "belt line" especially toward the rear, it looks huge.

at any rate all of these cars are way too big
 
too long, too wide

I used to not think about that much till I moved to so cal and saw that there are in fact reasons to have a car that can handle well.

I have 40 miles of twisties literally right next to where I live that I wouldnt even bother with even if my buick had a better suspension setup.

personally, I want a car that is fun to drive that I dont feel like i need a commercial drivers license to toss around or even just drive around parking lots

I think they need to take a fox body mustang like my buddies 91 lx notchback and use that for inspiration for their size dimensions.

Lets not forget weight, the one thing preventing you from accelerating, or changing direction is weight

smaller car = lighter car, more room to work with negotiating twisties, less hp to accelerate

ever driven a miata, or rx7? dont laugh

im not talking about quite that small but Its much more fun driving that than the automotive equivalent of an M1A1 around
 
Drew L said:
we were talking about the Camaro and a buddy of mine said, "Have you seen the Challenger yet?" Google Dodge Challenger.........take a peek. Side by each?

Challenger hands down.......................that car is awesome

I thought that at first but now I'm liking the Camaro more. The Challenger is almost an exact copy of the old one with same lines. The Camaro incorporates new lines. Cues from the 68/69 Camaro and Sting Ray. I give the interior nod to the Challenger but over all looks I pick the Chevy.
 
They are both good looking. Everybody has likes and dislikes and maybe I should have prefaced the Challenger did it for me but here is why. I feel Ford did a great job with the retro (new) Mustang because it looks very much like the old style with updated lines. The Challenger follows suit. It's like it was done backwards.........instead of making an new car look old they made an old car look new (Dodge). Yeah, the new Challenger looks like the Challenger but the new Camaro looks like the Cadilac. That is my take on it anyways :cool:
 
in this view it looks good:

2006-Chevrolet-Camaro-Concept-SA-12.jpg


Because you can't tell how long and pointed the nose is. The long nose with the '67 styling cues takes some getting used to.

The trans am works better, because it shadows a 2nd gen, which had a pointed nose.
 
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