Price this car #4: Chevrolet Camaro SS

How much should this car cost if sold here?
May 4, 2010

The Covenant Car Company, the new distributor of Chevrolet vehicles in the country, has been teasing our fancy by trotting out a V6 Camaro around the car-show circuit. In fact, we already featured this very unit in our January/February 2010 issue. Thus, the prospect of the Camaro being officially brought to our market is technically a foregone conclusion. We believe Covenant is already taking orders for the V6 model, which, as far as we know, is priced around the P3-million mark.

Now, the really intriguing thought is the possible arrival of the higher-end Camaro SS, powered by a potent 6.2-liter V8 engine. This powerplant is so sophisticated it comes in two versions: the 426hp LS3 with manual transmission and the 400hp L99 with automatic transmission. Armed with this information and given the spec list below, how much do you think the Camaro SS should cost here (in both manual and automatic guises)? We know for a fact that our friends from Covenant regularly check this website out, so now is the perfect time to influence them on the Camaro pricing. Type away, friends...

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MAKE AND MODEL: Chevrolet Camaro SS

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VEHICLE TYPE: Two-door sports coupe

ASSEMBLER'S PITCH: "The wait is over. After a seven-year hiatus, the all-new Chevrolet Camaro is back. With a design that is very close to the original concept, the 2010 Camaro acknowledges its heritage from the first-generation Camaro, produced from 1967 through 1969. It combines great looks, performance and advanced technology. The performance-oriented Camaro SS features a pair of 6.2-liter V8s, including one with Active Fuel Management that helps improve fuel economy by shutting down four cylinders during certain light-load driving conditions."

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ENGINE DATA: 6.2-liter gasoline V8 (426hp and 569Nm of torque for the LS3; 400hp and 556Nm of torque for the L99); six-speed manual transmission for the LS3 and six-speed automatic transmission for the L99

Rear-wheel drive
Dual front airbags, dual side and curtain airbags for front passengers, and curtain airbags for rear passengers
Antilock brakes
Traction and stability controls
Limited slip differential
MacPherson struts and coil springs in front; multilink beams and coil springs at the back
Exterior dimensions - 4,836mm (length), 1,918mm (width) and 1,376mm (height)
Curb weight - 1,746kg for the SS manual (LS3); 1,770kg for the SS automatic (L99)
Luggage space - 311 liters
Tire/wheel size - 245/45 ZR20 (front); 275/40 ZR20 (rear)
Rear spoiler
Tire pressure monitoring system
Theft-deterrent system
Daytime running lights
Halogen composite headlamps with automatic exterior lamp control
Power-folding side mirrors
Air-filtration system with pollen filter
Single-zone manual air-conditioning system
Cruise control
Boston Acoustics premium audio system with 9 speakers
Six-way power-adjustable driver's seat
Hood blanket with "debossed" Chevrolet bow tie

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