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The bad news: The program wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see the light of day until model-year 2010, according to informed sources in the supplier community.
GM designers and engineers continue to finesse details on the future Camaro and companion models, including a proposed rear-drive replacement for the Chevy Impala sedan, said to be inspired by the classic 1965-Ã¢â‚¬â„¢67 Impala series.
Suppliers expect the corporate 3.9-liter V6 to be the base engine in both the 2010 Camaro and Impala, as well as proposed rear-drive sedans for Buick and Pontiac that are tentatively slated for model-year 2011. An optional 5.3-liter V8 would be offered in all models, and a six-speed automatic would be the standard transmission across the board, according to vendors who are familiar with the program.
The Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ10 Camaro also will likely offer the big-bore 6.0-liter small-block V8 as its top power plant, with the 7.0-liter engine apparently being reserved exclusively for the Corvette.
If thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ever been a Camaro that says Ã¢â‚¬Å"bad assÃ¢â‚¬Â like the first Camaro did, this is it, hands down. The Chevrolet Camaro Concept looks like the car you drive if your name is Ã¢â‚¬Å"ButchÃ¢â‚¬Â and you strike matches on your stubble. The styling elements recapture that crucial aspect of the original design philosophy; a rebellious one that fell through the cracks as the decades poured on after 1969.
The designer of the Camaro Concept Coupe and the Camaro Convertible Concept, Sangyup Lee, had no idea the Chevrolet Camaro was so iconic. Ã¢â‚¬Å"I was kind of glad I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know how strong of an icon the Camaro was when I was first working on the project,Ã¢â‚¬Â he admits. Working without pressure allowed him to come up with the vicious concept everyoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s talking about. Gills in front of the rear wheel arches evoke the original car while radical angles are said to be inspired by planes like the YF-22 fighter jet.