Camaro Focus Group, ...my impressions (long) - Team Camaro Tech
Team Camaro Tech join team camaro
 5thgen.jpg - 4890 Bytes



Registered users (free) do not see these large ads

Fifth Generation Discussion forum for the newest Camaro 2010–present


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Display Modes
Old May 23rd, 08, 09:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
Gold Lifetime Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Hudson Valley, NY USA!
Posts: 1,494
Camaro Focus Group, ...my impressions (long)

Date: 5/20/2008 Camaro Summit #2 feedback

OK, ...here it is.

Sorry for the delay, ...but I needed to get "The Father's Blessing" so to speak before I posted. It's LONG, ...but I tried as best I could to provide as much information within the constraints of what we're allowed to say…

This is a long read but I wanted to include as much as I could to describe the experience of being at the Milford proving grounds attending the Camaro Summit 2. I’ll talk about the people and then, with as much detail as permitted, I’ll describe my personal impression of the new Camaro.

Let me start by saying, …THANK YOU! to Chevrolet, …for an incredible experience, …and an opportunity of a lifetime. I consider myself extremely blessed to be part of these Camaro Summits.

Words alone can not express my sincere gratitude and thanks to the people of General Motors who are involved with Camaro. I am beyond impressed when I find they are as passionate as any crazed enthusiast, yet also very aware that it needs to be more than just another muscle car. Their expertise with the level of technology and commitment to get it right, is impressive to say the least. To see that safety and quality were at the top of every aspect of the design (to details I couldn’t even imagine) was not only mind boggling, but clear evidence they are building a car targeted as best in class. Their focus on fuel economy clearly has NOT taken a back seat either. What is simply amazing is that they have managed to come up with a Camaro that can be the muscle car of the 21st century, yet also a fuel efficient daily driver for those that want to get around in style. A daunting task to say the least, …to satisfy the hardcore enthusiasts who want to be the first one down that ¼ mile, or the quickest around those apexes, …yet also offer a Camaro that will have fuel efficiency necessary in today’s economy. I must say, …they’ve built an incredible Camaro.

I will add, …this has been one amazing educational experiences for me as well. To see what goes into building a car, …safety, managing costs, weight considerations, engineering and quality considerations, …and not even getting into all the marketing studies they do. Trust me, …they have done a LOT of other focus group work, don’t think for a minute they are just talking to “enthusiasts”, …they DO get it. They also know they can’t satisfy everyone, it’s simply not possible. I would say though, if you have 10 things on your ‘Must have list’? …I feel pretty confident, …you’ll get 8-10 of them.

One of the things that really struck me was how all the designers and engineers talk about Camaro, …in many ways, they don’t look at it as a car. It has a personality, almost as if it’s alive. To hear them say (literally in their own words) “…it’s like raising a child”, the way they look at it, how they describe it, it really impresses upon you how deeply connected they are with this car. As if their own, it’s pretty obvious they’ve accepted the responsibility for raising it to a new level in today’s world, and I think they have every reason to feel the pride they show for bringing such an incredible Camaro back to the streets.

Now, …my impressions on the car. Obviously I can not reveal specific detail, …but I’ll do the best I can to describe what we experienced. Let’s face it, the Concept Camaro was a huge hit. Yes, some will say it’s too retro, others say it’s not retro enough, some don’t like it, but most absolutely love it. None-the-less the new Camaro has styling that clearly has gotten attention, …and GM knows it. With that said, …as we walked around the black curtain to see four new Camaros sitting there, …they were unquestionably true to form with the concept.

I stood there, amazed to begin with that we were there, …but it struck me, Camaro is back! …and there are four of them right here in front of me. As I noted the colors (red, silver, black and another), I began to see the cars were in various trim that one would find typical of Camaro. In many ways I felt a sense of relief, …since right in front of me was proof positive that GM has been listening, …and they are fully intent on getting this car right. There are noticeable differences with the packages we saw (ie. V6’s vs. V8’s), …a couple areas I thought could have been enhanced, …but overall, you could clearly tell them apart. Let me just say, the black one sat there looking like a panther ready to chase down anything that tried to run from it, …I was very impressed. Some other things were done that honestly I didn’t think would make it, …but I was very pleased to see the offering (as I know others will too). Admittedly, there were details I (and I know others) had hoped for that I did not see. Yet I believe they have this covered, …so I am not overly concerned. As for wheels that we saw (and we didn’t see all of them ; ), …one set was a huge hit with everyone, …very cool. Headlamps, …yes we saw the real ones, …you will not be disappointed, trust me on this : ).

The interior, …I am 6’ 1”, …and there was PLENTY of leg room. I actually had to move the seat forward to comfortably push the clutch in. Headroom was fine too, …as you move the seat back, …it seems to go lower a bit. With a helmet, it could be close. The back seat, …let’s face it, it’s fine for kids or car seats, …but not for someone 6’ tall. The seats were very supportive, …true to the concept style, …but much much better looking in my opinion. The overall layout of the dash, location of controls, shifter, etc. was fine. The console gauges were much improved over the concept, more visible than I thought they would be, very nicely done. The dash gauges were better than the concept, …and the lighting was very nicely done as well. There were a couple interior features that I would have liked to see differently. In all honestly one of them is ‘high’ on my list. Interestingly enough, …I was alone on this, …most others were fine with it. Again, …not a show stopper, …and surely not enough to take away from what I thought was an excellent interior design. The B-pillar, …yes it’s there. Sitting in the back seat you see it, …but interestingly from outside the window hides it. Hidden so well, …that I can’t recall anyone mentioning it. I was pleasantly surprised at how well they incorporated this. What was a concern for me, …is no longer. Around back, ..the trunk, …it’s surprisingly huge with plenty of space and easy access, no problems there at all. Up front, under the hood, …very clean (think concept) and I was surprised at some of the things they have planned with regard to the look of things.

OK, …drivetrains. Without detail (which I can not get into), ...I think they did an excellent job of covering the bases. From a base V6 to an upfitted V8, …whether fuel economy or horsepower (or even both) is on your mind, …you will not be disappointed one bit. As for transmission choices and engine combinations, …I think everyone will be very pleased (except the competition of course : ).

Before I get into driving impressions, …let me close the above with what the engineers continually reminded us. The cars we looked at were still being refined and fine tuned. They sure looked like finished cars to me, …fit and finish was exceptional. I can only imagine the level of quality that the final production cars will get.

The chance to drive…

First we drove the (auto trans, V8) ‘mules’ (the black cars that literally had white paint applied with a roller). These cars have been used, and tested in all kinds of ways, …so I wasn’t expecting much. To my surprise, …the car was very quiet, …not a rattle to be heard, …I was actually shocked considering the abuse they’ve gone through. The suspension was firm and predictable, …but not harsh at all. I was very impressed with how it handled, …and then I was told it was only 65% final in that car. That being the case, …it’s going to make our 4th gens look bad. The car did not feel too big, or too heavy, it tracked well, it accelerated fine, and the exhaust tone was perfect, …overall very impressive. I’ll interject here, that the engineers did ‘put them through the test’ so to speak. A controlled high speed turn, …and some (quick) straight line romps, …it sounded great and did the job quite well in my opinion. Visibility out the windshield was fine. I recall some saying there was issue with the A-pillar (ie. airbag) but I did not find that a problem at all. Door mirrors were the right size (and body color too), and when you look around, visibility was unobstructed. Overall feel of the car was excellent.

Next was a drive in the V6 car (fitted with a manual trans). I did not personally drive it, but observed and talked with almost all the others that did. The performance of this car was a huge surprise to all, …especially given the fuel efficiency capabilities (which is another success story in itself). I can say this, …it would give our 4th Gen SS’s a run for their money, …it surely surprised the heck out of us. Just to note, …the exhaust on the V6 cars was not the real exhaust,…they made it a point to tell us that.

What we did not drive was a manual trans V8 car. Based on the V6 that was driven and ‘some numbers we were shown’, …I don’t think we have anything to worry about… ; ).

As we’ve heard before, …”…the future indeed looks very bright.”

Thanks,

Kevin
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
KevinK7 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old May 24th, 08, 05:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
Senior Tech
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 4,942
Re: Camaro Focus Group, ...my impressions (long)

Thank you! Thank you! Hope springs eternal!

What an impressive write up on your part. I only hope that a 1/4 of what you have indicated if true will blast the other contenders outta the water. Back in '67 it was done once; it can be done again. Only takes time/$/ and a few dedicated souls willing to put their rep on the line. I've been waiting for some glimmer of hope and you, Kev have shared it. Even I am now considering waiting in the wings for one.

capt
captcanuck68 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old May 27th, 08, 09:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
Gold Lifetime Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Hudson Valley, NY USA!
Posts: 1,494
Re: Camaro Focus Group, ...my impressions (long)

Ted, ...Thanks for your reply.
...believe me when I say, ...I wish I could say more.
I wrote that about a week ago, ..just after returning from Detroit, ..and I somewhat feel it still doesn't convey how pleased EVERYONE was with the car. One thing I see on a lot of these boards is that people feel, ...'ah, ...what do you expect?, ...of course a bunch of "enthusiasts" are going to be thrilled with the car." I can say this, ...even though the 15 there are enthusiasts, ...don't think for a second we didn't speak our minds if we didn't like something or were conveying the thoughts of others on the various boards. There are is a good mix of people, ...all from different backgrounds, some that SCCA race, some that want a daily driver, ...some that want HP, ...and some, ...that want it all. Representing the enthusiast community, ...if there was something we didn't like, ...we spoke our minds. One of the things that really impressed us, ...was (since this was the 2nd 'summit') is that they DID address a number of issues that were brought up the 1st time. I can't get into specifics, ...but there were things that they specifically noted, ..."that's there because of the feedback".
I know the economy (ie. gas prices) isn't on GM's side, ...but I not only believe, ...but 1st hand see, ...GM is doing it's homework on this. I really feel we have darn good reason to be excited as we await the soon to be publicly unveiled 5th gen Camaro...
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
KevinK7 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old May 27th, 08, 11:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
Senior Tech
 
chuck69ss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 576
Re: Camaro Focus Group, ...my impressions (long)

Thanks for the writeup and letting us know what you could.
__________________
Chuck B
RI


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
- Frost Grn, x11, 350 4bbl, COMPCam XE256H, Crane XR-i HEI, M20, posi, Flowmaster 2.5";

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


You can live in your car, but you can't drive your house.
chuck69ss is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old Jul 2nd, 08, 12:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Ft. Eustis, Virginia
Posts: 11
Send a message via Yahoo to GTDave
Re: Camaro Focus Group, ...my impressions (long)

I am really hoping that along with the trim options they don't group options they way that most manufactureers currently do.
There are several options on my wifes SUV that we had to get because of other options.
And it would be nice to see the return of "COPO" options. I can honestly see buying a 2010 Camaro, but only as a LS7, manual trans, and some sort of posi rear end. No interior except drivers seat, dash, and maybe carpet.

And oh yeah, headers in the trunk.
__________________
o~'o
SFC David Pierson
U.S. Army Air Cavalry

Past Projects:
1984 Iron Duke 4spd Firebird
1984 clone WS6 Firebird Formula
GTDave is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply
Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Team Camaro Tech forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address.
NOTE we receive a lot of registrations with bad email addresses. IF you do not receive your confirmation email you will not be able to post. contact support and we will try and help.
Be sure you enter a valid email address and check your spam folder as well.

Email Address:
Location
Location
First Name
Rather than just Hot69, gotta real name?

Log-in


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


» Recent Discussions
Hello from NC
Yesterday 05:38 AM
Last post by adjudimo
Yesterday 11:33 PM
4 Replies, 100 Views
1969 Camaro Upper Dash...
Jul 25th, 12 11:58 AM
Last post by jtchevy
Yesterday 09:51 PM
22 Replies, 9,736 Views
memorial day
May 23rd, 20 04:49 AM
Last post by Its Luke
Yesterday 08:34 PM
13 Replies, 255 Views
67 starting issues
May 13th, 20 09:24 PM
Last post by davieboy
Yesterday 08:19 PM
6 Replies, 211 Views
Ridetech suspension
Yesterday 08:01 PM
Last post by Vega$69
Yesterday 08:18 PM
1 Replies, 74 Views
Vibration at higher...
Aug 27th, 19 12:15 PM
Last post by allanjs
Yesterday 06:56 PM
18 Replies, 1,003 Views
Wingfoot HP vs Radial TAs
Yesterday 06:40 AM
Last post by X-77 keith
Yesterday 06:35 PM
6 Replies, 196 Views
69 camaro adding factory...
Yesterday 08:47 AM
Last post by Fathom 69
Yesterday 06:31 PM
4 Replies, 149 Views
front disc lateral runout
May 21st, 20 06:22 PM
Last post by Vega$69
Yesterday 06:21 PM
18 Replies, 404 Views
69 rustbucket rebirth
Jul 22nd, 13 11:38 AM
Last post by drunderdog
Yesterday 05:48 PM
1 Replies, 207,695 Views
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:19 AM.



Camaros.net - © 2009 AutoForums.com
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.