I have owned a '68 Camaro for 20 years, which I bought from the original owner. I also just bought a new car yesterday, and it is sad because if the new Camaro was out right now I could have bought it instead of giving my $40,000 to another marque.
I've been a die-hard Chevy man since the '70s, and it is a real shame that Chevy killed off the Camaro, but the good news is that the people like me who have been craving a new Camaro will finally see their dream come true.
My only request is that they try to keep the car as retro as possible. At first I was disappointed with the design, as the Challenger and the Mustang offer a far more retro approach, but I am now warming up to the new design a little. Don't get me wrong; I'd buy one in a heartbeat given the chance, but If I had anything to do with the new design I would at the very least use the '69-style rear taillight design and try to keep the rear quarters a little more like the first-gen. I find the rear end looks too much like the Corvette. I would also change the dash and the center console to look a little more like the '69. There are hints there, but the details and forms should be more pronounced and obvious. I think Chevy is moving in the right direction with the styling cues, but it's the right ones in the right places that will truly satisfy the Old Guard and the up-and-comers alike. I think they are close, and the right tweaks here and there will be the difference between meeting target sales and falling short (whatever those target numbers are).
Overall, I think where manufacturers fail in the retro arena (e.g., the Thunderbird and the GTO) is when they reintroduce or continue models that have little more than names in common with their predecessors. Obviously the new Camaro has taken many styling cues from the first-gen, but my advice to the designers overall would be, "When in doubt, go retro."Mike PriceVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
I was extremely disappointed when Chevy discontinued one of the greatest musclecars in history. When I heard the buzz of a possible comeback, I jumped at the opportunity to go see the it. I attended the Kansas City 2006 Auto Show, where they had the new Concept Camaro on display, and I was amazed with what Chevy had done. It is the most beautiful car I have ever seen, and to know it's a possible production car is very exciting. I can't really say there is a lot that I would change about the car; my only suggestions would be ample headroom front and back, rear-seat legroom for at least 6-footers, a decent V-6 engine with standard 250-300 hp, and more options for power, handling, and specialized SS packages that really mean something for the extra money, la the Z06. With an SS version, I can guarantee I would be one of the first in line to buy. The truth of the matter is when Chevy discontinued the production of the Camaro, it was as if they were giving up on the battle with their competition. They were forcing the loyal Chevy customers into the hands of Ford Mustang, Chrysler/Dodge 300 and Charger, Nissan 350Z, and even BMW and Lexus. The Camaro was a moderately priced performance car that hard-working, blue-collar Americans could be proud to own, and Chevy turned its back on us. Then it became a choice of purchasing a Mustang or an import, which I can't bring myself to do.
Sure, Chevy has the Corvette, but not everyone can afford to lay down that kind of cash for a performance car and it still wouldn't be a Camaro. I would love to own a Corvette myself, but reality tells me the closest I will ever get was having my picture taken in one at the auto show. It's truly a do-or-die moment for Chevy. Either bring back the Camaro or continue to lose customers to the competition.Robert AmbroseVia e-mail
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