Friday, January 20, 2006

Chevy unveils Camaro concept

We knew they were going to do it. After Ford cashed in on retro styling with the 2005 Mustang, other manufacturers followed suit -- including Pontiac, with the powerful but poorly-styled 2005 GTO, and Dodge with the atrocity they're calling a Charger.

Chevrolet quit making Camaros in 2002, and there's been speculation ever since as to what the "New Camaro" would look like. At this year's Detroit Auto Show, spectators got a glimpse.

Thankfully, the New Camaro has been designed by a different crew than the one that designed the new Malibu, a line that has gotten progressively worse with each restyling.

The concept Camaro isn't just stylistic flash... under the hood, it's got a 6.0-liter, 400 horsepower V8 LS-2 engine. The mean looking front end has balls to match, in other words.

Reps say the car will be "astonishingly affordable," probably meaning a baseline pricetag of around $20,000. We'll see how well that works out.

Sadly, this thing probably won't be rolling off any production lines until the 2009 model year, so I guess I'll just have to go ahead and keep paying my '97 Z28 off.