Deja-Vu

The Muscle Car Wars Are Back . . . Hopefully

As you've no doubt heard, this past weekend the American International Auto Show in Detroit played host to GM's unveiling of the new 2006 Concept Camaro. And as was expected, the result was a stunning mix of contemporary and traditional design cloaking awesome state-of-the-art technology.

At first glance the new Camaro's characteristics are recognizably First-Generation inspired but with futuristic Fifth-Gen flare. With its distinctly reminiscent roofline and quarter glass, quarter panel gills, and abbreviated deck lid it retains many of the characteristics Camaro fans find most appealing.

The concept also features a functional cowl induction system feeding a 400hp LS2 backed by a T56 six-speed -- providing the punch that muscle car enthusiasts hold so dearly. The interior design and layout is equally performance inspired. A mix of leather, billet aluminum, instrument pods and console gauges reminiscent of the '69 come together to form a luxurious yet businesslike cockpit, as well.

All in all the Chevrolet design staff have hit a homerun by combining the best of contemporary and traditional design - and with a bit more tweaking we think the Fifth-Gen will hopefully help propel Detroit forward into the past.

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