The HSV Chevrolet Camaro is nearly ready for launch, and we have final pricing from Holden Special Vehicles. HSV announced the Chevrolet Camaro will cost a cool $85,990 AUD when it goes on sale. At today’s conversion rates, we’re looking at around $61,000 USD for a Camaro.
The HSV Chevrolet Camaro will be a conversion process locally. HSV will take left-hand drive cars from the United States and swap the steering wheel and other essential elements to right-hand drive. The process has been three years in the making to offer a V8-powered car following the Holden VF Commodore’s demise.
“This project has been over three years in the making and involved millions of dollars of investment in product development, testing and validation,” HSV managing director Tim Jackson said.
Converting the Camaro to RHD won’t be a simple or quick process, and HSV has capped production at 550 units for 2018. Buyers who do step up for one of the 550 cars will be treated to a Camaro 2SS trim with the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine making 455 horsepower and an identical amount of torque. At launch, only an eight-speed automatic is slated for production, but HSV will offer a six-speed manual later after previously nixing the option altogether.
Inside, the Camaro 2SS trim boasts heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, nine-speaker Bose audio system and more.
The Camaro will face its long-time rival in America down under, too. The Ford Mustang has been on sale globally for years and remains the company’s best-selling passenger car in Australia. The 550-unit production cap will hardly challenge Ford’s dominance. But, high production numbers were never in the cards.
“Our business model has always been to provide a niche offering with strong connection and support to our customers and, with just 550 available in our first model year, we are excited to get the product in customers’ hands,” Jackson said.