It's no secret, the all-new concept Camaro has just been released in Motor City, and it's generating a worldwide buzz among enthusiasts and performance aficionados alike. During a private press conference at the North American International Auto Show, GM invited the media and nearly 250 enthusiasts from various Camaro clubs and Web sites across the country to take part in the unveiling.
Building up the excitement, GM brought out an incredible marching band, one-on-one interviews were broadcasted live over the Internet, and several immaculate first-gen Camaros proudly cruised through Cobo Hall in a parade-like manner.
When it came time to showcase the new '06 concept Camaro, it was obvious this was a no-holds-barred creation to bring back the pony car wars. With the retro look coming on stronger than ever, the '06 concept drove under its own power and showed distinct characteristics resembling a '69 Camaro with its wide body, similar roofline, and highly recognizable nose.
Inside, the interior was simple, hosting only the necessities in an aesthetically pleasing package. Once again, it retained the '69 theme, all the while providing ample room for the driver and a passenger and plenty of space in the back for two adults.
The drivetrain absolutely screams modern, and we're pleased to say the General didn't cut any corners here. Underneath the hood is a 6.0L 400hp LS2 mated to a six-speed T56 transmission. And unlike all the live-axle predecessors, this one featured an independent rear suspension with progressive-rate coil springs and gas-pressurized dampers.
Continuing the modern flare is a monstrous set of 22-inch wheels out back with 305/30R22 tires, while the front utilized 21-inch rollers with 275/30R21 rubber. And if you think the wheels are impressive, GM went a step further by adding 14-inch rotors on all four corners with four-piston calipers.
As of now, word has it we can expect the all-new Camaro between '08 and '09, with a street price starting at $25,000 for base models, which will make it competitively priced with its arch rival. Will the Camaro include all the amenities shown here? Will it look the same? Given the nature of a concept car, we're sure it'll be refined after taking in additional input from various sources. However, considering the positive responses GM's already received, refinement only means it'll get better. Now cross your fingers and let's hope GM brings back our beloved musclecar!