The concept 2010 Camaro has been hyped in the media and entertainment industry for the last two years. Those of you that have been waiting in great anticipation to order the new Camaro, we have good news: the wait is finally over!
GM recently began unveiling the production-ready Camaro at various shows and events across the country. With a current estimated production timeframe of March 2009, these fifth-generation Camaros should begin hitting the streets in April 2009. We will walk you through the steps and options so that you can pre-order your Camaro now, and be among the first to thrash the roads in one. Your author placed an order for a Camaro SS prior to writing this story, so this comes from first-hand experience!
The first order of business is locating a Chevrolet dealership that has an allocation to order a new Camaro for you. Each dealership gets a first-year limit on how many Camaros they can order, which is usually based on previous sales figures from that dealership. Some dealerships will be marking the prices up beyond MSRP in order to make a quick buck. A keen shopper will do more thorough research and call around to get the best price available. Most dealerships will require a $500 deposit in order to process the order with GM. Ordering a new Camaro at MSRP pricing is your realistic goal, since these will be hot items for the first year. Open your mind and expand your range of distance when considering different dealers. A one-way plane ticket is only a couple hundred bucks, and any place within 1,000 miles is only a one-day drive home. That plane ticket might be a cheaper option than paying the greedy dealership markup in your hometown. Plus, the added bonus of driving your Camaro home on a road trip in early spring is sure to create some gearhead memories to last a lifetime. For dealerships at distances beyond your driving limits, those out-of-state dealers are usually willing to ship a car to your doorstep. This may also be a less expensive option than paying the dreaded mark-up. We placed our order for a 2010 Camaro through Shaheen Chevrolet in Lansing, MI. They were willing to order the car at MSRP without any games, and it will only cost $900 to have it transported home to Houston, TX. The sales team at this dealership walked us through the ordering process, and we hope to pass this info on to you readers.
The Camaro comes in several different trim levels, with three available engines to choose from. The entry-level car is designated as the 1LS trim level. It comes standard with the 300 hp, 3.6L direct injection V-6. The upgraded V-6 models are the 1LT and 2LT trim packages, which come with more creature comforts and aesthetic enhancements. But, we know the GMHTP crowd will most likely jump into the V-8 Camaro SS package, so lets get into more detail about the more potent offering.
There are two different 6.2L V-8 engines to choose from when considering a Camaro SS. Unfortunately, your choice of transmission is what decides the engine for you. If you select the six-speed automatic transmission (code MX0), the car will come with the code L99 400hp, 395tq V-8 engine. Put a check mark next to the Tremec six-speed manual (code MN6), and you are rewarded with a few more horses via the Corvette-derived code LS3 422hp, 408tq engine. The reason that the automatic transmission engine has less horsepower is due to increased parasitic losses related to an automatic versus manual transmission. The automatic transmission is also less fuel efficient, so the L99 comes standard with Displacement on Demand technology. This deactivates half of the engine cylinders when at cruising rpm on the highway. We opted to grab our own gears, and also put a check mark next to the optional Hurst shifter (code VYV).
The Camaro SS comes in two trim levels, the 1SS and 2SS. The 1SS is the baseline V-8 model, which comes standard with 20-inch wheels, Brembo disk brakes, limited-slip rear axle, cloth interior, rear spoiler, body-colored exterior details, and more aggressive front and rear facias compared to the V-6 models. The 1SS has everything a musclecar fan will need to roast the tarmac. No frills, all business under the hood. For those who prefer a slightly more refined package, full of electronic gizmos and added creature comforts, Chevy offers the 2SS trim level. The 2SS comes standard with rally stripes, leather interior, Bluetooth cell phone technology, retro-style gauges on the center console (oil pressure and temp., voltage, trans temp.), heated front seats and exterior mirrors, and a Boston Acoustics 9-speaker 245-Watt sound system with steering wheel mounted radio controls. The easiest visual cue to distinguish between the SS and the V-6 models is the air scoop on the nose of the SS models.
By now, you probably have already decided if you are a 1SS or 2SS person. Most likely you have also decided on which transmission and subsequent engine you plan to order. Now it gets personal. No, not in a negative way, in a creative way! Chevy decided to offer a multitude of available colors, stripe packages, body kits and spoilers, wheel options, and accessory options on the fifth-generation Camaro. You will have several appearance options to order the perfect car for you. If you get creative enough, you might end up with a very rare combination that no one else has.
Lets start with wheel choices. Select code Q9J if you want to get your 20-inch wheels polished instead of painted silver. If 20-inch wheels aren't big enough for you, there are two different 21-inch wheel options. Both options are a similar five-spoke modern design, but they have two different finishes to select from. Code VZP gets you a blacked-out wheel. Go with code VZN and you get a machined aluminum face with black painted accents. Two unique looks for the same wheel. All-black Camaro SS on black wheels anyone?
The Camaro SS will be offered in a spectrum of seven initial colors: bright red, metallic orange, black, metallic dark red, metallic dark gray, bright yellow, and silver. We hear internal rumors that the SS will also be offered in blue, as well as white, at a later date. There are also two different styles of stripes being offered. One version is the classic dual hood and trunk stripes, known as the "rally" stripes. The other version is based on the 1969 Camaro "hockey" side stripes located on the front fenders, with a single wide stripe going up the middle of the car across the hood and trunk. These stripe decals will be offered in several colors, including orange, black, silver, white, and charcoal gray. The number of possible combinations of paint color, stripe type, and stripe color is staggering. If the color options weren't enough for you, GM will also be offering a ground effects kit (code VTD), as well as a raised trunk spoiler (code 5V5) as options.
GM is also re-introducing the Rally Sport option package (code WRS). This can be added to either the V-6 or the SS Camaro. The RS package comes with HID headlights with a circular halo, darkened taillight lenses, RS badging, and the standard 20-inch silver wheels are painted with a darker shade of silver. Just like back in 1967, you can now order a Camaro RS/SS again!
Moving into the interior, there are even more opportunities to personalize your new Camaro. The dashboard and door panels have plastic inserts on them. These can be purchased through the dealer parts counter in a variety of colors to compliment your exterior color. The inserts will be available in red, yellow, orange, and black. Interior upholstery colors will be offered in gray, tan, black, and orange. A power sliding sunroof (code CF5) is now optional, a first for any Camaro.
Other available accessories that can be factory ordered include two different colored car-covers (code VRB red/black stripes, code VRU gray/black stripes). To dress up the engine compartment, order the plastic engine cover (code VYX). The Chevy parts counter will carry color-matched splash guards to help protect the paint behind the tires. There will also be a custom replacement grille, as well as a custom fuel door. The parts department will also sell shorty tubular headers, a cold air intake system, and a catback exhaust system. GM is really stepping up with their aftermarket involvement in this new Camaro-enthusiasts will appreciate the efforts at the dragstrip!
By following the RPO code list below, your dealership can be sure to order all of your desired options. We ordered a Cyber Gray 2SS with silver rally stripes. It will also have the Rally Sport package, black leather interior, manual transmission with the LS3 engine, and the Midnight Silver 20-inch wheels (standard RS package wheel).