The Standards Game

 

This time, I didn’t want a standard

Several people have asked me to write about my new car and post some pictures here. If you’re tired of hearing about it, be sure to stop reading now. I’m having a whole lot of fun with this vehicle, and it doesn’t take much to get me to talk about it.

Chevrolet’s engineers designed an amazing automobile that is in very high demand. People have been waiting 6 months or more for their orders to be delivered from the GM factory in Oshawa, Canada. For a period of time last year, the 2010 Camaros were as difficult to get as the new Priuses. I was lucky enough to wait only 7 weeks.

Two Saturdays ago I picked up my brand new 2010 2SS Camaro. It’s a limited Transformers edition “Bumblebee” – right out of the movie – with special emblems and logos that charm kids and adults who are kids at heart (like me). It has just about every feature you can imagine, and under the hood is a 6.2 liter 400hp V8 engine. (Believe it or not, it’s rated at 25 mpg on the highway.) There must be a quite a large number of ICs performing all sorts of tasks to make my Camaro safe and powerful. And to the delight of my fellow blogger, Eric Huang of “To USB or Not to USB”, there’s a USB port in the console.

This time, however, I didn’t want a standard. I chose the automatic transmission. A few of my friends scoffed. I did give up a little bit of horsepower, but 400 is plenty for me! If I feel like shifting manually, I can do it with the buttons on the steering wheel that remind me of a video game controller. Plus, the automatic transmission came with a remote starter. I can’t wait to surprise parking lot onlookers. ;)

Enough talk – here are a few pictures of my Bumblebee on the showroom floor, right before I drove it home.

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5 responses to “This time, I didn’t want a standard”

  1. Alban,

    Yes! Bumblebee is an Autobot – a good alien robot dedicated to saving mankind. He’s not a Decepticon – a bad alien robot determined to destroy the human race. Thank goodness for Autobots. Someone has to save us! (Both kinds of robots turn into cars and trucks to disguise themselves.)

    Now you know for sure that I will never grow up!

    Take care!

  2. Bill, Yes I do. I haven’t decided what to do with it yet. It’s in my driveway under a car cover, feeling lonely and jealous. If I sell it, it will have to be to someone who loves Camaros like I do.

  3. It’s ok for a lady to have a Camaro with an automatic tranny, but no self-respecting man should drive a muscle car without a standard.