Muscle car fans everywhere have been awaiting the 2009 model year with unabashed glee with the expected return of the Dodge Challenger and the redesigned Ford Mustang, but for many muscle car fans, the crown jewel of the 2009 model year will be the reintroduction of the classic Chevy Camaro.
Chevy Camaro fans have had their appetites whetted by the 2006 Camaro Concept and the 2007 Convertible Camaro Concept. The Camaro even made an appearance in the 2007 box office hit “Transformers.” In spite of all the muscle car fan buzz, the Chevy Camaro hasn’t been in production in 2002 and enthusiasts have been clamoring for a new production model since Chevy debuted concepts in 2006 and 2007.
The 2009 Chevy Camaro has a retro look like the Dodge Challenger, but the new design is more angular and as a result, much more edgy and modern, even as it acknowledges its past. The 2009 Chevy Camaro will be built using the same platform as the Pontiac Solstice, but the architecture was modified to hold the small block V8 engine that throws 400 horsepower. The new 2009 Chevy Camaro engine has an impressive lineage, having has been borrowed from the Corvette.
In this age of soaring gas prices, Chevy has made the nod towards fuel conservation with the Active Fuel Management System. The new system will shut down cylinders when the car reaches highway cruising speed. Fewer active cylinders equals less fuel consumption and more money in the car driver’s pocket. General Motor claims that the 2009 Chevy Camaro could conceivably get 30 miles per gallon on the highway using the AFM system with no noticeable loss of take off power.
The 2009 Chevy Camaro has massive 22 inch rear wheel tires with 21 inch wheels up front. Fourteen inch disc brakes provide plenty of stopping muscle.
The new 2009 Chevy Camaro engine will be offered in several different versions. The most powerful engine is the 6.0 liter that was featured in the 2006 concept, but Chevy also plans to offer 3.6 liter V8s and for those that are truly worried about fuel costs, the 2009 Chevy Camaro will also be offered with a V6 that will generate 250 horsepower. The V6 won’t win any speed races, but it will be plenty to power the lightweight Camaro body. The engines will be paired with both manual and automatic six speed transmissions.
Power is plentiful with the 2009 Chevy Camaro, but Chevy has included standard safety features, including an antiskid system, ABS, side airbags and traction control.
Feature and style wise, the 2009 Chevy Camaro has been positioned to be a direct competitor to the 2009 Ford Mustang, renewing a decades old muscle car rivalry. Pricing has yet to be announced, but Chevy has said that the price will be in line with a similarly outfitted Ford Mustang. The 2008 GT Deluxe two door Ford Mustang Coupe sells for $26, 080, so look for the new 2009 Chevy Camaro to come in at just below $30,000.