The Chevrolet/Ford rivalry is nothing new in the United States, but in Australia, it’s long been Holden v. Ford. That’s changed as Holden Special Vehicles starts to import and convert Chevys to right-hand drive for the market.
And on the to-do list is the 650-horsepower Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. However, when the first high-power Camaros leave HSV’s facilities, they won’t find any Ford Shelby GT500s to do battle with. CarsGuide reported Sunday that Ford’s most-powerful Mustang ever will not land in Australia. The supercharged 5.2-liter V8 found in the 2020 Mustang GT500 is rated at 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque—enough to make it the most-powerful street-legal Ford ever, to boot.
Ford Australia confirmed with the website the Shelby GT500 is “strictly left-hand drive only” and there are no plans to bring the pony car to Aussie roads. Ford differs from Chevrolet and Holden in that the Mustang is sold globally in right- and left-hand drive. Buyers don’t need to wait for another party to convert their pony car, and it makes it quite a bit cheaper to park a Mustang in the driveway over a Camaro.
Thus, the rivalry will play out largely in the U.S. The Camaro ZL1 and its 1LE brethren carry the Camaro’s high-performance torch with track-ready performance and a 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine. We also can’t forget about the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye and its 797-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8.