A right-hand-drive version of the Chevrolet Camaro is just days away from hitting showrooms in Australia, at long last. The two-door performance car, which will be rebranded as an HSV (Holden Special Vehicles) model, will begin appearing in dealer showrooms in late-August or early-September, GM’s Holden division says. Previously, the car had been planned for launch in July of this year, but the date had to be pushed back as GM made its final preparations.
Initially, the car will be available only in top-of-the-line 2SS trim with an eight-speed automatic transmission, but a manual transmission option will become available from late-2019, Holden says. It’s uncertain how much power and torque the sole available engine – GM’s famed 6.2L LT1 V8 – will put out in the Australian market. In 2015, Ford’s V8-powered Mustang GT lost some amount of output in the course of being converted to right-hand-drive as the exhaust had to be redesigned to accommodate the steering gear.
Regardless, figures shouldn’t be too far off from 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 455 lb-ft (617 Nm) the Chevrolet Camaro SS produces here in the US.
As for pricing, it’s currently unknown, but one dealer site has suggested an MSRP in the vicinity of $90k (approx. $66k US). The high price tag is largely a result of GM’s decision to let HSV convert LHD cars to RHD rather than building RHD examples from the factory. The price tag could make the HSV Camaro a much tougher sell than the RHD Ford Mustang GT, which can be had for around $30k less.