Profiles in Pace Cars - 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Long-Term Road Test

2010 Chevrolet Camaro Long Term Road Test

2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Profiles in Pace Cars

February 09, 2010

1969 Camaro Indy 500 Pace Car 717.jpg

Well, the racing season has begun, so I have racing cars on the brain. And when the Camaro comes up, naturally I think about the unveiling of the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS that will pace the 2010 Indianapolis 500 in May. The official unveiling took place in December.

It turns out that the Camaro has paced the Indy 500 a bunch of times: 1967, 1969, 1982 and 1993. What interests me is the comparison with the 1969 Camaro SS, since the look of the '69 model inspired the 2010 model. (Actually GM designer Bob Boniface originally conceived a car based on the 1970 Camaro, but the GM execs decided that the '69 model was the proper starting point, since they were old and the '69 Camaro is the one that all the old guys collect.)

So maybe a simple comparison between the 1969 Camaro SS and the 2010 Camaro SS can give us an idea of what might have been lost (or gained) in translation.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS
OHV V8 5733cc/350 cu-in
300 hp @ 4,800 rpm; 380 lb-ft @ 3,200 rpm
Length 186.6 inches
Width 72.3 inches
Height 50.9 inches
Weight 3,174 pounds
Top speed 121 mph

2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS
OHV V8 6162cc/376 cu-in
400 hp @ 5,900 rpm; 420 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm
Length 190.4 inches
Width 75.5 inches
Height 54.2 inches
Weight 3,857 pounds
Top speed 155 mph

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor @ 11,455 miles

2010 Camaro Indy 500 Pace Car 717.jpg

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