Holden Special Vehicles made a bombshell announcement today. Holden’s longtime performance partner will shift focus to add a wider range of imported products to its portfolio, and it starts with the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro.
HSV confirmed the Camaro will arrive in Australia starting July 2018 in SS form only. Specifically, the Camaro will arrive in 2SS trimmings with the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine and an eight-speed automatic at launch. Standard equipment will include Brembo brakes, power adjustable heated and ventilated leather seats, a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel, dual zone climate control, keyless entry, rear parking assist and a nine-speaker Bose audio system.
It’s a major shift from HSV’s strategy of yore, which has been to simply take Holden-produced vehicles and work performance magic. Now, HSV will use its engineering talents to expand Holden’s range to new levels. The company also announced plans to sell the Chevrolet Silverado in right-hand drive, too.
Now the question remains: is this the rear-wheel drive, V8-powered sports car Holden has promised for so long? Or will Holden itself actually feature a sports car with a lion badge? The Camaro will keep its Chevrolet branding due to heritage, said HSV in the announcement.
It’s unclear where pricing will start, but it likely won’t be as affordable as the Ford Mustang, due to shipping and conversion costs. Regardless, we’re sure the Camaro will receive a warm welcome Down Under.