The last time Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) offered a car this powerful, it was the GTS-R W1. Although it isn’t made in Australia, the Chevy Camaro ZL1 should appease those looking for muscle from General Motors as HSV turns its business to focus on importing more Chevrolet models.
As production of the right-hand-drive Camaro ZL1 begins, HSV confirmed the car will make 640 horsepower. Fans will note that’s 10 horsepower less than what the car is rated for in its home country, the US of A. However, HSV said it comes down to how it was measured. The Camaro ZL1 was rated and tested on European standards, which leads to the 10-horsepower discrepancy.
There are no powertrain changes and everything is identical to the car Americans have been able to purchase for a few years now.
Not to mention, it handily outdoes the HSV GTS-R W1, which made 624 horsepower from its 6.2-liter LS9 supercharged V8 engine. With a lighter weight than the Commodore-based super sedan, the fans will be in for a treat when they slide behind the wheel of the RHD Camaro ZL1.
As production begins, HSV said it’s already seen strong demand for the car. The plan is to convert 300 cars from left to right-hand-drive, but more than half of the allocation is already sold. That leaves less than 150 cars left for buyers to scoop up this year. The price is nothing to scoff at, however. Buyers will be met with a $111,000 price tag based on current exchange rates. The optional 10-speed automatic will be a $1,500 option, while fancier metallic paint is a $580 option.