2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Soul of a Sports Car?
September 11, 2009
I've driven a lot of Camaros and Firebirds over the years.
The first-generation Firebird 400 that Skip Robidart's father had. The small-block Firebird that belonged to the current boyfriend of Lissa, my old high-school girlfriend. The second-gen, black-and-gold, screaming-chicken-rampant Firebird 400 with the Detroit locker and a CB radio antenna on the roof that I drove cross-country from New York City to San Francisco the week that Smokey and the Bandit was released into theaters (couldn't figure out why all the trucks kept waving to me and blowing air horns until I saw the movie some weeks later). GM engineer Fred Schaafsma's third-generation Camaro. The tastefully styled third-generation Firedbird of John Schinella (the guy who ironically designed the screaming chicken graphic, something completely out of character for him). The revised fourth-generation Camaro with structurally adhesive in every crevice that eventually was restyled to look like a butter dish. The Pontiac GTO from Down Under (a great car to drive) that was a Camaro/Firebird in all but name.
The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS isn't like any of these cars.
Instead what we have here is a Chevrolet Silverado HD dually. It looks like it and it drives like it.
The American GT car is my favorite ride, a perfect mix of power, weight and handling. But the guys who put the new Camaro together seem never to have driven any kind of car at all, much less any Camaro or Firebird. This car is a kind of stunt, a strange kind of genetic experiment gone horribly wrong. The right guys had this project to start with, but it seems to have fallen into the wrong hands somewhere along the line.
Saw a guy driving a Hummer H3 while driving the Camaro for the first time and envied him. An H3 is the soul of honesty and genuine utility compared to this car
Michael Jordan, Executive Editor @ 3,645 miles.