Earlier this week, photographers spotted two LHD Chevrolet Camaros driving just outside HSV’s headquarters in Clayton, Victoria.
These photos, along with recently surfaced details, all but confirm HSV’s plan to import LHD Camaro SSs and perform an official, Detroit-backed right hand drive conversion. The RHD Camaro is expected to launch next year in either a 6-speed manual or 10-speed auto, with a starting price before on-road costs of under $90,000.
Why the high price you may ask? That’s due to the expensive conversion program which adds about $20K to the price, also drawing it out of the same price league as the Mustang. Despite the steep price, the car sold is expected to be identical to the very well equipped 2SS model sold in the USA (the flagship SS model, just below the ZL1). The SS packs a 6.2L naturally aspirated V8 that produces 339kW and 614Nm that can hit 97km/h in 4 seconds flat, and weighs 1671kg.
Due to production time constraints, the Camaro is expected to be limited to just 1000 units per year until a new, factory RHD 7th generation Camaro arrives in 2021. The new Camaro will also have a full Holden warranty and be able to be serviced at select Holden & HSV dealers – despite it being expected to wear a Chevy badge.
The SS is expected to be followed by the 480kW ZL1 variant later in 2018, which is expected to have a price tag into six figures. Further, the Camaro will not be the only model HSV converts to right hand drive – they are also expected to convert large Chevrolet Silverado utes for sale in dealers.
What do you think of the upcoming HSV/Chevrolet Camaro in Australia? Let me know down below!
Note: I have also gotten in contacted with a Sydney Holden dealer who, when sent a similar article, confirmed that ‘that’s basically all correct’.