If the Camaro was already out it would have been a tougher decision for me, but the fact that I can't just go buy one right now is what lead me to the G8. ...
I looked at the Camaro very carefully before pulling the trigger on my G8 GT last November.
I was fortunate to actually see a very early [ I think there were only a dozen or less at the time ] pilot production Camaro in person at the local dealer where my company buys their trucks. This was late last September.
At the time I was contemplating replacement of my Corvette Coupe. The Camaro would have been a bit quicker than my G8 GT – and not quite as quick as my Corvette. Most everything else about the Camaro would also have been somewhere between the Corvette & the G8 GT.
The G8 GT – a 2009 - was what I chose.
I did not choose the Camaro for the following reasons:
1 - The announced HUD [ had this in multiple cars – including previous Grand Prix and the Corvette & really wanted this ] did not make it to production for 2010.
2 – The visibility to the rear quarters [ particularly over the left shoulder for lane-change ] is as bad as the Corvette. The Camaro’s left rear quarter ‘window’ is useless for this, because of the wide pillar right behind the door.
3 – There will likely be no SS \ V8 Camaro models available for a thorough test drive until some time this Fall. I will not commit to buy a $35K+ car without driving one.
4 – Significant discounts \ rebates are unlikely on the Camaro any time soon. The current wait for an ordered SS in most places appears to be running 4 – 6 months – or more. Those with an SS in stock & available are reportedly \ typically trying for $2K to $5K over MSRP.
5 – Although the trunk’s actual capacity appears OK, the access is very restricted.
6 – The shift ‘paddles’ as implemented for the Camaro’s 6L80 automatic are not to my taste. The ones on my Corvette were fine.
7 – Though the interior I find looks better to me than pictures suggested, I still much prefer the G8 GT’s interior.
Now it certainly DOES appear that the Camaro will be around for a while – and aftermarket support, as well as parts availability seem likely to be much better for the Camaro.
And I’d have really enjoyed the additional HP & TQ of the 6.2L.
Again: Oh, well.
OK – I’d have chosen the gray or gray & black interior, had that been a choice for the G8 GT.
But my black & red is OK.
Very, very happy with my choice . . .