The Chevrolet Camaro in the snow
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GM Reminds Us That the Chevrolet Camaro is Great in the Snow

The folks at Lingenfelter Performance recently Tweeted an older promotional video of the Chevrolet Camaro that shows the 5th generation GM muscle car out romping in the snow – showing just how capable the Camaro is in the snow even though most owners likely to go great lengths to keep their muscle car out of the winter weather.

Snow is now falling throughout much of the United States and the annual start of the snowy season means a fair decline in the sales of the Chevrolet Camaro in many regions. These cars are and always have been rear wheel drive performance cars and like to many other rear drive performance cars – the Camaro is traditionally not considered a vehicle that should be driven in the snow. The combination of the various powerful drivetrain options and the fact that there is very little weight over the rear drive wheels makes the Camaro seem like a vehicle that would be terrible on slick roads but the 2010 video shown below looks to contradict that perception.

This video was initially released by General Motors in February of 2010 and with the current Chevrolet Camaro having been introduced for the 2010 model year, this video likely accompanied the modern Camaro’s first harsh winter since the model was discontinued after the 2002 model year. It shows a bright yellow 2010 Camaro fitted with the 304 horsepower base V6 and a set of 19 inch all season tires romping around in snow that looks to be at least six to eight inches deep at points. That certainly sounds like four wheel drive truck weather but the Camaro seems to effortlessly tear through the deep snow with the greatest of ease.

It should be pointed out that the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro shown in this video appears to be in a huge open area with no real need to turn and no hills or valleys in which the Camaro could get stuck. In other words, if you live in an area with no changes in elevation and no turns you should have no problem easily getting around after a serious snow storm with your 5th generation Camaro. Yes, that does seem a little farfetched but realistically, this video was intended to put people’s minds at ease who are concerned about buying a Camaro because they live in an area which gets heavy snow. The fact that the V6 Camaro gets through the deep snow so easily shows that perspective buyers who live in snowy areas don’t need to avoid buying the Camaro. Even though most Camaros are likely packed safely in garages when there is 6-8 inches of snow on the ground, this 2010 video serves as a reminder to owners and potential owners that you can get from point A to point B with the Camaro if you get hit with a sudden snow storm.

I still don’t know that I would call the Chevrolet Camaro an ideal winter car by any standards but the modern technologies that are standard in every new GM muscle car can help get the Camaro out of slippery situations. Also, on a far less practical front, this video shows that Camaro owners who have access to a huge open area blanketed by a half a foot of snow can have a whole lot of fun although the end of the video insists that owners don’t attempt this on their own.


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