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2009 Chevrolet Camaro

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GM takes us back with the 2009 Chevrolet Camaro. Muscle car enthusiasts will immediately recognize the similarities between this year’s version and that of 1969. The Camaro has gained a whole new generation of fans since its 2007 starring role in the Transformers movie. The ’09 model offers the technology of today, while maintaining the muscle car feel of years gone by. This car won’t actually go into production until early in 2009, so it will end up being tagged as the 2010 Camaro and will be offered in three trim options, the LS, LT and SS.

The old school look of the 2009 Camaro is in response to Ford and Dodge introducing retro versions of the Mustang and Challenger. The new Camaro offers a good mix of modern design and classic feel inside and out. The exterior of the car holds to the form of the early Camaros while adding sleek lines that give it an up-to-the-minute look as well. The classic muscle car influence is also seen with the rear wheels (22”) being slightly larger than the front (21”). Inside, the blend of old and new is even more obvious, with modern technology and safety features coupled with classic instrument gauge designs.

Under the hood, the 2009 Camaro will provide the power and performance one would expect in a car of this nature. Three engine options will be available, depending on which trim option you choose. The first is a 296 horsepower 3.6 liter V6. The other two are V8’s, with the top end choice allowing the Camaro to get up to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, which is faster than one of its top competitors, the Dodge Challenger. This engine will be coupled with a six-speed manual transmission. The other V8 will be matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. It will also use an Active Fuel Management system, which will allow it to shut down unnecessary cylinders to boost fuel economy. The new generation of Camaro will also put a new emphasis on handling as independent rear suspension will be used for the first time in its history.

The list of features and technological gadgets is not unlike many of the new vehicles today. Just a few examples are USB and Bluetooth connectivity, premium Boston Acoustics sound system, ultrasonic rear parking assist, OnStar, and XM satellite radio. The 2009 Camaro will also offer a host of modern safety features, such as antilock brakes, stability control system, and six standard airbags.

With the rising popularity of the classic muscle car design mixed with modern technology, this car figures to make quite a splash when it hits the showrooms.


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