Holden Special Vehicles marked a milestone on Wednesday. The official importer, and re-engineering partner to Holden, for Chevrolet vehicles, shared it’s built the 1,000th Chevrolet Camaro locally.
HSV announced plans to convert the Chevrolet Camaro to right-hand drive back in 2017, and since then, the factory has been busy churning out the pony cars for local roads. HSV puts the steering wheel on the opposite side of the cabin for Australian locals and ensures all the essential gear sits in the right place for the driver.
Aside from the re-engineering, HSV doesn’t touch the Camaro’s performance. The nameplate is offered exclusively in 2SS guise, though the Camaro ZL1 was announced for the country earlier this year. The Camaro ZL1 is the most powerful model ever from the factory with 640 horsepower. Note, the figure is 650 ponies in the U.S., but due to the fact the ZL1 is measured with European units and models, there’s a 10 horsepower discrepancy. It’s still the same 650 horsepower on display, however.
Other highlights include Magnetic Ride Control, an eLSD, 6-piston Brembo brakes, a bi-modal exhaust system, and Recaro seats—all features common to the U.S.-spec pony car. What isn’t available to Aussies is the ZL1 1LE package, which turns the Camaro ZL1 into a real force to be reckoned with on the track.
Marking the milestone was a Red Hot Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with a specific HSV build plate to note the car’s significance. The car will also come with a personalized letter of authenticity from the factory. The lucky owner will have all the documentation to back up the fact this is a very special car.
The Camaro ZL1 will go it alone in Australia. Ford previously confirmed its ZL1 rival, the Mustang Shelby GT500, will not be exported to right-hand-drive markets.