I'm waiting for the 2009 camaro to hit the showroom floors, it should be out around June sometime, I'm already hearing reverberations about the gas prices affecting the release of the camaro, but I heard this back in the mid 1970's also, and usually the people saying these things have no idea what staying power the muscle cars have.
I'm hearing such things as, Chevrolet is only going to release it with a V6 option now, and no available V8, I don't think that this true, but if it is, there is absolutely no point for Chevrolet to waste their time with it, just put the resources in to the corvette, and let the camaro die a hero of the muscle car seen.
Do get me wrong, I am the camaro's hugest fan, I love camaros but nobody wants a camaro that is only available with a V6, the camaro has a legacy to live up to; and to maintain this legacy it needs to be one of the biggest, baddest muscle cars on the planet; and it cannot do this with a V6, the price of gas doesn't need to dictate the future of a muscle car legend such as the camaro, back in the mid 1970's I remember an issue of one of the car magazines, although I don't remember exactly what one it was, but on the front cover was a headstone with high performance born 1964 die 1976.
It never did die; it did lose some popularity for a while, but we have people like Ralph Nader to thank for that, muscle cars never lost popularity with the people who matter, the people who love them, and the people who grew up with them, there will always be people like me, people who can't live without muscle cars, people who know that America builds the most powerful, best looking, and most fun car in the world, and there only has to be a few people like me to keep American muscle alive.
When Chevrolet brings the camaro back, it will be a huge event in the muscle car world, even if you don't like how the new camaro looks, it marks the return of a legend, and if you don't think the camaro is a legend, just spend some time searching the Internet about the camaro, “Google It" and you'll learn very quickly that it is a legend of huge proportions, and it could be the same thing all over again if Chevrolet does it right, I say “KUDOS" to them for having the fortitude, and the guts to bring back the camaro.
When they re-release the camaro, it has big shoes to fill, and it cannot do this without a lot of engine options, just like it had back in the day. I agree that technology has advanced cars huge amounts over the years, and they make power easier now then they ever did, and with less cubic inches, but it's not all about the power, a big block has a certain prestige, it commands respect, and gets it, a big block is about a feeling, it's that low deep rumble, it's the feeling of all that torque when you step in to the pedal, it's the feeling of easily turning the car side ways, and melting the rear tires, and nothing else is quite the same.
Nobody can take muscle cars away from us, they have tried before, and they will try again, but what they don't know, what they could never fathom, is the simple fact that there are a lot of muscle car freaks that would never let it happen, we will always stand up, and we will always have something to say about those people who think that they can get rid of the one thing that we live for, muscle cars, our spirits can never be dimmed, our desire can never be removed, our love for the look, and feel of a true American muscle car can never be dampened, we will always stand up for what we love, and I love the camaro, and I always will.
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I've been in the automotive business for about 20 or 25 years, I have worked in all facets of the industry, from parts to restoration, all different makes and models, I just want to keep people interested in the old cars because it's where my heart is.