Saturday, October 17, 2009

Chevrolet Camaro - Gulf Spec , is this Bumblebee from the Transformers?

Hey, its Bumblebee from the Transformers :-) Look closely ... its actually a Chevy Camaro SS V8. Niccccccce!
I and my new buddy from an Arabic lifestyle magazine jumped into a black Camaro SS V8, complete with a two-tone red-black interior, rear lip spoiler, 20-inch wheels and an automatic with paddle-shifters attached behind the wheel instead of the on the steering column, which is actually a setup I prefer better. The car looked stunning from the outside, but it looked even more stunning on the inside, at least until I started scrutinising further.

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The faults I found were rather disappointing, considering the “quality” hype surrounding this car. For starters, all the cabin panels inside are hard plastics, like that found in a Chevy Aveo. Cars equipped with the optional glow-in-the-dark cabin panels looked even cheaper than the standard trim in the morning. Only the seats and the armrests were coated in leather. Also, there were no provisions for any optional navigation screen in the future. The car is started using a key, in an age when even Ford Focii offer starter buttons. And that bonnet “vent” on the SS is fake.
The leather seats were great, the driving position was highly adjustable, and there was plenty of room for front passengers. But the rear seats were very cramped, and good for kids only. All-round visibility is somewhat limited. And the high-mounted non-adjustable seat-belt kept cutting at my neck all throughout the trip. one more time ...
The SS-badged 6.2-litre V8 range, either in 400 hp automatic or 426 hp manual form, tops out at Dhs 180,000 with leather, Brembo brakes and 20-inch wheels. says ... Hmm, Roughly RM$175K, the price of a decked-out Camry 2.4 or Accord 2.4 in Malaysia, life ain't so bad here, eh!


djthummpx said...

is it true that it costs 175k here locally ??

Julian Si said...

Depending on spec, quotes prices at 160K - 180K AED, incredibly good value for such an eye-turner of a car!