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Old 11-04-2009, 02:10 PM   #1
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When GM uncloaked their Camaro retro remake at the 2006 Detroit auto show, the domestic audience understandably adored it. That muscle car concept is now a showroom reality, but any plans of bringing a right-hook version to South African, Aussie or Brit shores have been quashed – presumably due to low-volume sales and GM’s moth-eaten wallet.

Much like a Mustang or Challenger, if you live in Britain and want a Camaro, you have to settle for a specially imported left-hooker. Come January 2010, when these rendered images of the VR Camaro will be a reality, UK customers won’t have to worry about doing any of the importation or UK-spec work. This is a turn-key ready American car, refined and focused for European drivers.

With its Lamborghini Reventon-style swollen nostrils and early '70s wind-tunnel Trans-Am inspired ducktail spoiler, the VR Camaro’s aggressive restyling has been carried out by Danish design consultancy Hermann and Brandt, who were responsible for penning the radical 1104-horsepower Zenvo ST1 supercar. All styling was designed with 3D computer software then machined directly from the 3D data.

So what's new on this VR Camaro?

In the name of dieting, the VR’s re-sculpted bumpers, skirts and spoiler are made from carbonfibre. The bespoke one-piece, 22-inch diameter wheels are machined from billet aluminium and weigh half the bulk of the original Camaro rims. The conversion has been done by a separate, so-far anonymous British tuning company.

Behind the machined alloys lurk some European road-friendly damping and stopping gear. The VR Camaro boasts coil-over suspension recalibrated for our pitted tarmac, plus mighty 410mm (front) and 385mm (rear) diameter brake discs. The 12-pot front (eight-piston rear) calipers incorporate various sized pistons to address the ‘abrupt stop’ syndrome often associated with large competition brake set-ups.

How quick is the VR Camaro?

It’ll need serious anchors, because the VR Camaro promises to pack a Corvette ZR1 sized punch. No exact power figures have been quoted yet, but by fitting the 6.2-litre V8 with a new UK designed (and manufactured) compressor style supercharger, expect over 600bhp.

The strictly limited edition VR Camaro will only be available in black or white, highlighted with copper accents. Customers will also choose between the factory six-speed manual ‘box (livened up with a short-shift kit) or an auto transmission specifically brainwashed for performance.

How much will the VR Camaro cost?

No firm prices have been released for the VR Camaro yet, but a spokesman claims it will wear a UK price tag roughly half that of the £106,605 ZR1 Corvette. Not bad, considering the horsepower match.

If you already own a standard Camaro, there will be the opportunity to purchase the VR spec components separately. For more information bookmark www.vrcamaro.com
http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/News/Se...he-UKs-Camaro/














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Old 11-04-2009, 02:11 PM   #2
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Some of the body panels/coloring is a tad bit too much, but otherwise it looks good.
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:32 PM   #3
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looks like there should be two Rolls Royce Motors on the inside front clip..
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:41 PM   #4
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I dunno, the black one looks pretty cool.
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:44 PM   #5
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The front bumper is too much. The rest is nice
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Old 11-04-2009, 04:02 PM   #6
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looks like Need for Speed
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:15 PM   #7
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The front bumper is WAY too much. Everything else looks A-ok!!!
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:28 PM   #8
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Come on now GM, we all know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but...
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:38 PM   #9
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That thing is f'ing ugly. Stock body with the rest of the upgrades sounds good though.
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:38 PM   #10
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reminiscent of the TTRS as well
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Old 11-04-2009, 07:29 PM   #11
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I'm digging it.
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Old 11-04-2009, 07:56 PM   #12
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reminiscent of the TTRS as well
How do you figure
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Old 11-04-2009, 09:52 PM   #13
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eh, basically the brake ducts
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Old 11-04-2009, 09:57 PM   #14
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Just ditch the front bumper and your good to go
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Old 11-04-2009, 10:14 PM   #15
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Copied Lamborghini....

but in all black, it has a mean Darth Vader look.
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Old 11-05-2009, 02:38 AM   #16
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Come on now GM, we all know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but...
It's not GM, read the article.

I think it looks awesome, though the front air intakes could protrude a little less and the rims aren't my style. Love the sideskirts, spoiler, and rear fascia though.
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Old 11-05-2009, 01:15 PM   #17
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i really like it
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:16 PM   #18
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They lost me at 22" rims...
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:07 PM   #19
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They lost me at 22" rims...
u want 24"?
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:15 PM   #20
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Thumbs up to all but the nostrils. Even keeping the basic style, if they didn't go forward from the bumper, but kept more of the same lines and shape, giant openings could have still looked okay, IMO.
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:29 PM   #21
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the nostrils are ripoffs and over the top, but its still pretty interesting.
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Old 11-06-2009, 06:57 PM   #22
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Wow, somehow I thought other markets would want something more toned down than what we get here. I wasn't expecting this flamboyant monstrosity.
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Old 11-06-2009, 11:26 PM   #23
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I wouldn't want to drive a car that large on European roads.
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I wouldn't want to drive a car that large on European roads.
not to mention that you can't see anything out of it.
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Old 11-06-2009, 11:54 PM   #25
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not to mention that you can't see anything out of it.
I didn't even think about that... I don't think it would be a pleasant car to own if you lived outside of a major city. On some of the roads I came across in Britain you'd have to come to a complete stop at places because it was physically impossible for two cars to pass through. I know there are places like that in the US, but it isn't nearly as common.

For reference, in the UK a Mini Cooper is mid sized car.
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