Pour one out for the thought of a right-hand-drive Chevrolet Camaro with a manual transmission. Holden Special Vehicles has confirmed the Camaro will not feature the six-speed manual transmission as an option as once thought.
Wheels reported on Friday that the sole transmission will be the eight-speed automatic gearbox. The announcement is an about-face from an earlier announcement when HSV said the Camaro would include a three-pedal setup. We imagine conversions costs killed the option.
HSV will begin converting Chevrolet Camaros in one trim, 2SS, to right-hand drive for Australia this year to rival the Ford Mustang. The Mustang, however, leaves the factory in right-hand drive. HSV’s conversion is thought to add some $30,000 AUD to the Camaro’s price; the pony car will start at $90,000 AUD, or $68,000 USD by today’s conversion rates. For comparison, the Mustang sells for around $45,000 USD.
The report also suggested the Camaro may not boast 450 horsepower as the car does in North America. Final tuning and calibration to bring the Camaro to regulation could see it come under the official output. HSV’s website says the Camaro will boast over 330 kW and 600 Nm of torque, or 442 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. If there is a power decrease, it will be minimal at best.
Following the Camaro SS, Australia could see one other variant. GM has registered the ZL1 trademark in the country, which has many speculating the variant could head to Oz sooner rather than later.