As a designer and a third generation Camaro owner I was very disappointed at Mr. Ed Welburn’s compromise called 2010 Camaro, for one its simply too tall and heavy to be called a sports car or at least a pony car the two door Bentley also claims sports car status , go figure… some might argue that the new Camaro is a muscle car, perhaps but any old car with a strong enough frame that can handle an overpowered engine and achieves a fast quarter mile, is a mussel car, but a pony car was special…how you ask?
It was based on a fairly small sporty car that cold be purchased as a strip down starter car to the mighty 1973 Pontiac firebird trans am equipped with the 300 horses and crap load of torque, oh did I mention the blue on blue turkey decal or shall I call it the screaming chicken by any name it was just the right hood decoration surrounding the rudely protruding shaker air intake with the 455SD insignia on both sides and yes there was a Pontiac big block super duty 455 cid engine was nested under the hood of a measly firebird which was no more then a Ford Pinto with its smaller engine.
Okay I am exaggerating a bit a polar whit pinto with blue turkey decal?
But this new Camaro wants to jump to the top from the get go and to make matters worse it tries to accommodate some sort of a cartoonish look of a mussel car the silhouette of a pony car and the size of a firkin Buick, and if that was not bad enough it is both visually and ergonomically offensive to most women … most ladies never bought the 455 SD T/A my cousin did back in 73 sadly the last ting he probably saw was that funky aluminum dash as the car was airborne of the side of a mountain cliff somewhere in Logar province of Afghanistan that was 1976 nor the ladies care for a yellow Rumble Bee pickup truck like the one I got no my friend Linda Mary drove her four cylinder iron duke powered 3rd gen.
Camaro stuffed with all her belongings from her home town of Montgomery Alabama to Manhattan NY and then trashed it , there is no need for a car in big apple dontchknow?
while my best friend and also my ex-fiancé made her parents to buy her a flame red 1986 IROC-Z28 on her high school graduation back in 1987 she drove it for 10 yeas and then I obtained it from her in exchange for a whole lot of Amex miles so she can shop at Fortunoff…
Bottom line… this super sized Camaro based on a full size sedans platform which reminds me more of the 57 Belair then a Camaro car, hence it can be many things a station wagon like a Nomad a pickup truck such as an El Camino a replacement for a full-size coupe perhaps Monte Carlo or possibly the future Batmobile but a pony care? I dont think so!
Source: Gaus-usa.com & YouTube