The 400 bhp V8 Hemi and 270 bhp V6 choices available to potential Camaro buyers will help the legend regain its original reputation as an affordable everyman's super car.

Some scant details pertaining to the 2009 Chevrolet Camaro’s capabilities have emerged ahead of its launch. The new millennium muscle car from Chevy will feature a 6.0-litre V8 engine dispensing over 300kW/ 400 bhp. This will not be the only engine derivative of course, because Chevy is aiming to cast the net wide with Camaro, make it reach as many customers and admirers as possible. It is speculated that in addition to the 6-speed manual, a semi-automatic will also be fitted.

Therefore a 200kW/ 270bhp 3.6 will be on offer as an option for those either too chicken (or simply not skilled enough) to realize its full potential or can’t afford the benefits of the hemispherical (hemi) V8. Hemi will of course offer the current benefits of fuel saving by shutting down four cylinders during times when eight are least needed.

GM is intimating at annual sales of up to 100,000 units all over the world, including the convertible version. Markets will include North America, Europe, Asia, South Africa, Australia and the Middle East. Our recent spy pictures confirmed the production-readiness of Camaro when test cars were spotted several times without any form of disguise, cruising on public roads.

Chevrolet forecasts 2009 Camaro sales