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Old 06-01-2010, 08:30 PM   #1
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6th Generation Camaro Styling?

So where would you guys like GM to go with the styling on the 6th generation Camaro? An updated version of the 2nd generation? An evolution of the current styling based on the 1st generation? A completely blank sheet of paper?

I figure they are probably working on it right now and since we know they listen, we might as well discuss it.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:32 PM   #2
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that's a good question, I have to take some time to think about it.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:41 PM   #3
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I would like them design a new car with a couple of aspects from the first gen.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:52 PM   #4
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Retro will die down, the current Mustang was a natural evolution because of how their original designs progressed and they were first to musclecar retro-style. The Challenger has no where to go, there was only one original design and then it died.
The next Mustang and Challenger will just progress into new non-retro models and so should the Camaro.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:55 PM   #5
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If they move off retro it will be 2002 again.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:55 PM   #6
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I hope the Camaro maintains a lot of attributes of its current model, including headlights encased in the grille, a V-shaped front end, hunching rear quarters, and a low seating position.
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A blend of the 2nd gen and the 3 rd gen would do for starters.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:03 PM   #8
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The exterior needs to change very little. Just minor tweaking. They could kill sales if they do something radically "updated" to the exterior and loose the sex appeal. Look athe Porsche 911, its overall shape hasn't changed in 30+ years. Just refinements and tweaks.

The interior can change totally, I am not bonkers with any of it.
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based on past generations,it would be completely different.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:05 PM   #10
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The exterior needs to change very little. Just minor tweaking. They could kill sales if they do something radically "updated" to the exterior and loose the sex appeal. Look athe Porsche 911, its overall shape hasn't changed in 30+ years. Just refinements and tweaks.

The interior can change totally, I am not bonkers with any of it.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:06 PM   #11
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The exterior needs to change very little. Just minor tweaking. They could kill sales if they do something radically "updated" to the exterior and loose the sex appeal. Look athe Porsche 911, its overall shape hasn't changed in 30+ years. Just refinements and tweaks.

The interior can change totally, I am not bonkers with any of it.
I agree, changes are fine. But nothing radical.
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So where would you guys like GM to go with the styling on the 6th generation Camaro? An updated version of the 2nd generation? An evolution of the current styling based on the 1st generation? A completely blank sheet of paper?

I figure they are probably working on it right now and since we know they listen, we might as well discuss it.
Personally, I think they should put it on some sort of diet,...and get the weight of the car down to at least 3,400ish. I'd love for them to accomplish this all while keeping the same design, and if not, only changing subtle things, nothing major.

You know, ....I had a dream recently, it was of a totally carbon fiber Camaro SS. I wonder how that would play out in real-world.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:12 PM   #13
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Look athe Porsche 911, its overall shape hasn't changed in 30+ years. Just refinements and tweaks.
See, that is an interesting point. I remember hearing that when they designed the 5th generation they set out not to copy the 1st generation but imagine what the 1st generation would have evolved into over the last 40 years had they never radically changed the original formula, exactly what Porsche has done with the 911.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:12 PM   #14
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So where would you guys like GM to go with the styling on the 6th generation Camaro? An updated version of the 2nd generation? An evolution of the current styling based on the 1st generation? A completely blank sheet of paper?

I figure they are probably working on it right now and since we know the listen, we might as well discuss it.
In all the years (not that long, honestly ) this site has been around...I want to say this is the most forward-looking thread to date.

Anyways -- I think they should simply evolve it. Nothing drastic, obviously if it's put on a smaller architecture it'll have to be scaled down and reworked...but if you look at the Corvette, or the Aston Martin DBx...they've all evolved a little bit more every generation over time. Camaro kinda did this...but they hit such a home run with the design, it could be massaged, not replaced.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:32 PM   #15
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I think they should treat it just like the Vette. . . keep the major looks the same but tweak them here and there. . . new hood, side skirts, grill, etc, etc. . .

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Old 06-01-2010, 09:36 PM   #16
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A refinement of the current 5th gen. Kinda like the (dare I say) mustangs evolution over the last few years. Understand I don't want it to look like a mustang. I want it to develop over time getting better and better while still evoking it's own unique style. Oh and it better have a huge honkin V8. F the mpg!
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:39 PM   #17
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I think they should make minor changes to the exterior, small upgrades, new grill, etc.. but a new interior would be nice not a full redesign, but i think they can definitely refine it and make it even better.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:51 PM   #18
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i think they need a updated version of the 4th gen....
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:57 PM   #19
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I agree 100% here. Hopefully they won't make the same mistakes by going away from a great design.

How about making a 2011 55 Chevy??
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I think GM will go away from the retro 1969 Camaro theme and give the car an original look. I think there will still be some styling cues from the 5th gen but overall it will have a new design. I don't think this is a bad thing either. Like others said above, I think the retro theme in cars today is a fad. I applaude the BIG 3 for going retro but you can't use the same style forever (VW New Beetle, PT Cruiser, etc. are good examples).
MY question is......what drivetrains will the 6th gens have? I have a feeling the 5th gen is the last time we'll see V8's in Camaros, even in the hi-po cars. I'd expect to see turbocharged V6's in the future. Am I right GM?
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:06 PM   #21
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They should start with better paint jobs. Anything and everything scratches or chips the paint. Then find a solution about the gill chipping that I hear is becoming a huge issue due to the wide hips. I have not had any issues with chipping yet and am getting my frontend, roof, and gills bra'd this weekend. The overall design is really nice though.
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:10 PM   #22
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I'd like it if they could work some of the 3rd gen into it, it seems like its the generation that gets the least respect, and I love it, if they can somehow incorporate it into the 6th generation, it could give em back some respect that they should have anyways
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It wont happen but I'd like to see them do the impossible...do almost a full off 1st gen looking Camaro with updates and safety of todays cars. Sure the 5th gen was a great attempt and brought a lot of people back but I'd like to see them do something Ford never did with their Mustang and do a car that matches the original almost blow for blow. Not going to happen I know but I can dream right?

My guess since dreams never come true (except for my SS in the garage) is that they'll go "futuristic muscle" with it like the new Mustangs. I'm not a fan of the idea of it but as long as GM stays mellow with the changes it should all fair well. I will be eagerly watching and waiting to see what GM does since the ball is in their court.
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The exterior needs to change very little. Just minor tweaking. They could kill sales if they do something radically "updated" to the exterior and loose the sex appeal. Look athe Porsche 911, its overall shape hasn't changed in 30+ years. Just refinements and tweaks.

The interior can change totally, I am not bonkers with any of it.
Very well put.

I might consider something based on the early gen 2, but I wouldn't want anything to do with a gen 3 or 4 based Camaro.
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I wouldn't mind a trend towards the second generation but the body styling right now is so amazing. Hopefully we stay away from the plastic body looking later gen versions.
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