Can't afford a racecar? Test drive a 2010 Camaro

With its long hood, short deck, and open "mouth," this year's Chevrolet Camaro evokes the sporty pony cars of lore. Loosely styled on the '69 model, the two-door coupe aims straight for the hearts of young guys out to get the girl. Our bright-yellow test car came with a six-speed manual transmission and a GM LLT 3.62 V6 engine that puts out 304 hp at 6,400 rpm. Clad in clean lines and aggressive looks, this powerhouse aims to capture the original muscle in a modern vehicle.

You must be relatively slender and limber to climb down into this car. Once inside, it feels a bit dark and claustrophobic, no doubt due to the tiny windows and scant headroom — overall, the low-slung vehicle stands only 54.2-in. tall. A central instrument cluster sits on a wide expanse of black dashboard. Black leather seats contribute to the gloomy aura and the chunky windshield pillars further diminish visibility.

But, step on the clutch, engage first gear, and goodbye gloom. The car is a fun, fast, and powerful driving machine. It's a surprisingly quiet cruiser with minimal tire and engine noise. We felt bad about having to put the Camaro through its paces on snowy city streets and freeways. It's kind of like having a tiger in your back yard when what she needs is wide open spaces and a sunny clime. Read the rest of the story

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