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#48 of 67 I love the H2H breakdown of the new Camaro presentation
Jan 13, 2006 (5:23 am)
If they build it, buyers will come.........
"From the time ESPN motorsports announcer Jack Arute kicked off the festivities... it was a Camaro lovefest from beginning to end. It started with a parade of the most legendary first-generation Camaros GM could assemble, from Mark Donahue's legendary Sunoco racecar to an original and very rare 1969 ZL-1 ...And just to assure everybody that the new concept was in good hands, the last Camaro down the line was a '69 Super Sport owned by GM Vice President of Design Ed Welburn.
A couple interviews with Roger Penske and former Chevrolet general manager Jim Perkins later and the crowd was sufficiently soaked in the aura of GM's long since discontinued pony car. Bob Lutz ..drove the car in amid cheers and applause.. The new concept is more than just a modern version of the 1969 Camaro. It has very different proportions than the original. Although both are the same length, the concept car sits on a 2-inch-longer wheelbase and measures over 5 inches wider than the original. It's also slightly taller than a '69, despite its low roofline...... From the two big gauges behind the steering wheel to the auxiliary dials mounted down low on the console, there's plenty of heritage packed into its cabin.
GM's designers claim to have had more in mind than just the '69 Camaro when they drew the concept. They looked to the current Corvette for some inspiration as well as the angular YF-22 fighter jet. Their goal was to make the Camaro appeal to current fans while giving it a shape that would attract younger enthusiasts just the same.
Part of that appeal comes from a drivetrain that's more than just a big engine hooked to a four-speed. The Camaro's all-aluminum 6.0-liter V8, which is backed by a six-speed manual, not only makes 400 horsepower, its Active Fuel Management system can shut down cylinders for better mileage on the highway. And unlike every other Camaro before it, this concept features an independent rear suspension for superior handling dynamics. "
No lets see them build it and live up to the hype.....
#49 of 67 Re: New Mustang... [john_324]
Jan 13, 2006 (2:40 pm)
The windows were from the 66 Shelby. The 67 and 68s had the scoop in that area. Not sure the 65 GT 350s have the glass, can't recall.
But as stated the car is more 69 and not 67 like most mags report. Looking at the front end, the headlights are more in, and the grille surround sticks out a little a little further than on the 67. The rear, particularly the taillights and rear valance, it's pure 69-70.
Maybe they'll bring back the rear slats like on the Boss 302/429s (just kidding).
#50 of 67 Re: New Mustang... [jae5]
Jan 17, 2006 (7:03 am)
You are totally right...I checked out my Mustang spotter guide, and sure enough, the '66 Sheblby had those triangular windows. I don't know why I thought they were a '67 feature...but my reasoning for the addition (to counteract poor visibility) was right at least...
Looking at both the '69s and the '68s, I'm kinda starting to see the '69 in the new one now.
I LIKE those sport slats...but yeah, I'm willing to concede that most people won't. Rumor has it that Dodge was considering factory hood pins on their Challenger concept, but nixed them for the same reason.
#51 of 67 Came up on another site
Jan 17, 2006 (7:58 am)
Per the Imperial, should it become a separate division or remain part of Chrysler? I remember Chrysler trying to make a go of Imperial as a separate division from 1955-1975.
#52 of 67 Re: New Mustang... [john_324]
Jan 17, 2006 (8:24 am)
"I checked out my Mustang spotter guide"
#53 of 67 Re: New Mustang... [carlisimo]
Jan 18, 2006 (6:44 am)
'I checked out my Mustang spotter guide'
That's right! Hey, I love the heritage and given how long they've been in production, there's a lot of changes to keep track of...
#54 of 67 Re: New Mustang... [john_324]
Jan 19, 2006 (12:20 pm)
Mustang spotter guide, Wow!, I have got to get me one of those, does it download to the Palm™ ........
Jan 30, 2006 (12:00 am)
Isn't Ford bringing the Euro-Focus over here?
They could slap on a Pinto badge and stick on round head lights to bring back this infamous nameplate.
Feb 03, 2006 (6:24 pm)
I still like the '69 "Last of the Interceptors" Ford Falcon they had in Australia. The current XR-8 Falcon they sell down under is a rocket. I got to rent one while visiting relatives last summer. Boy, Ford would have been better bringing that over here to replace the Taurus rather then making the Frusion.
But remember the exchange rate Australia $1.00 / US $0.50. So a vehicle that would be $51,000 there would be $25,500 here. They also still have the Ranchero but it is called the Falcon Ute (and doesn't look half bad either).
Feb 03, 2006 (6:25 pm)
and speaking of the Falcon Ute. Ford could bring it over at the same time GM brings over their Holden Ute (El Camino).