HSV Chevrolet Camaro Photo: Supplied
HSV Chevrolet Camaro Photo: Supplied

New Chevrolet Camaro Prices and Specifications

David McCowen | Sep, 10 2018 | 0 Comments

There are many important numbers surrounding HSV’s new Chevrolet Camaro.

Consider the size of its engine (6.2 litres), impressive power (339kW) and torque (617Nm) figures or the number of cars coming in the first batch (550). But the most important figure is how much HSV will charge for the new machine - $85,990 plus on-road costs - and its $19,731 premium over the equivalent Ford Mustang GT.

Much of the difference can be attributed to significant work HSV must do to make the car comply with Australian laws. 

Built in North America, the new Chevrolet Camaro arrives locally in left-hand-drive form before going through a comprehensive conversion process similar to Chevrolet Silverado and Ram Trucks Australia pick-ups.

While the Ford Mustang GT is built in right-hand-drive from the get-go, HSV must re-engineer the Camaro with a new dashboard, power steering setup and other changes necessary to comply with local laws.

Local examples are loaded with plenty of performance gear including a next-gen “LT1” V8 engine, Brembo brakes, 20-inch wheels and a choice of four drive modes - Tour, Sport, Track and a slippery snow and ice setting.

Interior touches include a heated flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, leather sports seats, a nine-speaker Bose stereo, 8-inch driver display, 7-inch central infotainment system with a reversing camera, Apple CarPlay, wireless phone charging, dual-zone climate control and customisable interior mood lighting.

Safety kit includes seven airbags, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot warning and rear parking assistance systems but not autonomous emergency braking or active cruise control.

HSV crash-tested four local examples to make sure they meet internal safety standards, but customers should not expect to see an ANCAP rating any time soon.

Brand spokesman Damon Paull says it holds orders for around 200 examples of the machine, which will be built in significantly smaller numbers than high-performance Commodores.

The brand expects the “quite exclusive” nature of the Camaro to appeal to enthusiasts, suggesting “the level of exclusivity that we can offer is quite attractive to many buyers”.

While Ford has sold almost 20,000 examples of the reborn Mustang in Australia since 2015, the Camaro will be a much rarer sight on the road. 

Based on the US-spec Camaro 2SS priced from US$41,995 ($59,000) in its homeland, the Australian coupe features an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard, with no manual option for consumers. 

“A manual transmission is something that we’re certainly considering,” Paull says.

“We expect that a manual transmission would have some demand for a sports car.”

But a manual transmission would also add to HSV’s workload, requiring technicians to revise complex shift linkages and clutch systems.

While US versions (pictured above) are available with a choice of four stripe packages in a variety of colours, personalisation isn’t on the cards for Camaro customers - there is just one set of wheels, with no interior variations or exterior aesthetic touches for buyers to ponder. 

The only option is metallic paint, which costs $850.

As with the Chevrolet Silverado, the Camaro is backed by a three-year, 100,000-kilometre warranty. HSV does not offer capped-price servicing for the machine, which is available to order now.

2019 HSV Chevrolet Camaro pricing and specifications:

Price: From $85,990 plus on-road costs

Engine: 6.2-litre V8 petrol 

Power: 339kW at 6000rpm

Torque: 617Nm at 4400rpm

Transmission: Eight-speed auto, rear-wheel-drive

Fuel use: TBC

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