The 2009 Chevrolet Camaro convertible is more than a blast from the past, built to go head-to-head with the upcoming restyled Ford Mustang, the top-down Camaro is probably the sexier muscle car, and the more technologically advanced.
The 2009 Camaro will likely be powered by a version of the 403-horsepower, 6.2-liter, light-aluminium-block engine currently running on the Cadillac Escalade. This powerplant features gas-saving displacement on demand and has enough power and torque to compete with the Mustang GT.
Yes, it is heavier, with extra bracing to compensate for the lack of a steel roof, and with additional gear to operate the folding cloth roof. The convertible will weigh up to 3,600 lbs (1,630 kg) for safety reasons. But the Camaro also has neat additions like an independent rear suspension, which the Mustang lacks.
Chevy top brass comments: "The overall car statement is more of a fun, sporty, kind of personality to it. And that's appropriate. That’s what these types of cars have been in the past. Sporty, fun, and all the way to the serious performance."
The Camaro convertible will debut in the first quarter of 2009 as a 2010 model, and will come in three trims: LS, LT and high-performance SS. Engine options include a 3.6 litre, 300hp V6 for the LS and LT models; and a manual transmission, 422hp 6.2 litre V8 for the SS versions.
The 2009 911 Carrera is a subtle makeover of a timeless icon but the inner workings of this notoriously fast street car have been upgraded for increased horsepower and torque.
The 3.6 litre 911 Carrera will be juiced to 345 horsepower and 288 pound-feet while the 3.8 litre 911 Carrera S will get 385 horsepower and 310 pound-feet. More intriguing to Porsche-philes is the availability of “Porsche Double Klutch (PDK)” seven-speed dual-clutch sequential manual transmission with launch control. A touch-screen nav system with iPod and Bluetooth interfaces is also rumoured to be standard on both models come 2009.
Designed as the “Mother of all T-tops” by Jeep, the uber-truck concept Trailhawk is one of the finer concept vehicles for 2009. Looking like a Grand Cherokee body crossed with a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited frame, the concept truck doesn’t look like a suburban mom-truck.
A gorgeous off-roader, sitting on 22-inch wheels sporting 305/45 tires, the Jeep Trailhawk looks fast and furious. The 2009 concept truck uses the same 3.0 litre, diesel engine available in production Grand Cherokees. Cranking out a modest 215 horsepower and a whopping 376 pound-feet of torque, the Mercedes-Benz supplied engine is bolted to a five-speed automatic; the same as the Grand Cherokee.
The interior of the concept truck has a military feel with spartan yet functional appointments, from the main gauges, to the air-conditioning vents and a centre console. The cargo area has a removable iPod-compatible boom box and a first-aid kit. Fans of sport-trucks will be waiting and drooling for the Trailhawk to enter production.