The Chevy Camaro was briefly offered in Australia via Holden Special Vehicles, which converted Camaro SS and ZL1 models to right-hand-drive for local consumption before slow sales put an end to the short-lived program.
Now the iconic American muscle coupe may be set to return to Australia thanks to the new General Motors Special Vehicles venture. According to WhichCar.com.au, GMSV is looking at reintroducing the RHD Chevy Camaro in Australia in both SS and ZL1 guise.
While the HSV-converted Chevy Camaro SS started at a steep $86,990 AUD when it was on sale, GMSV will be able to get a better exchange rate deal on the cars, WhichCar reports, enabling it to offer the muscle coupe for a price that will be more competitive with the Ford Mustang. The 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost starts at $49,990 AUD, while the V8-powered Mustang GT is priced from $62,990.
It would make sense for GMSV to re-introduce the Chevy Camaro in Australia, seeing as it plans to race the car against the Ford Mustang in the Australian Supercars Championship from 2022 onward. The Chevy Camaro is being built around the series’ upcoming Gen3 regulations and will replace the ZF Holden Commodore that currently races in the series.
GM pulled the plug on the Holden brand earlier this year and has indirectly replaced it with GMSV. Unlike Holden, which sold rebadged GM cars, trucks and crossovers, GMSV will focus on importing specialized GM vehicles from North American into Australia. GMSV vehicles, which will either be converted to RHD or built in RHD layout from the factory, will be sold through a large network of dealerships consisting of 50-plus retail storefronts.
In addition to the Camaro, GMSV will also have the C8 Corvette to offer performance-obsessed GM enthusiasts in Australia and New Zealand.