Aussie Camaro to be automatic only

Words: Nile Bijoux
15 May 2018

HSV has announced the details of its upcoming Camaro coupe, and it’s sad (if predictable) news for purists. There will be no manual gearbox option.

The Camaro will be imported and converted in MY18 2SS trim, rather than the just-revealed 2019 version, and be only available with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

In terms of strike power, HSV says the Camaro will offer 339kW and 617Nm, virtually identical to the US version. No performance times are given but Chevrolet’s US site says the automatic Camaro SS can hit 100km/h from standstill in four seconds.

Standard features as per the HSV website include Brembo brakes with four-piston calipers at each wheel, a limited-slip differential, bi-modal exhaust system with polished stainless steel tips, and 20-inch five-spoke alloys wrapped in 245/40 front and 275/35 rear Goodyear Eagle run-flat tyres.

Figure also on automatic headlights, front fog lights, keyless entry with remote start, a Bose nine-speaker audio system, and a 7.0-inch MyLink touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Wait though, there’s more, with wireless phone charging, powered front seats, an 8.0-inch digital driver's display, sunroof, dual-zone climate control, leather-trimmed sports seats with heating and ventilation, configurable ambient lighting, blind-spot monitoring with RCTA, lane-departure warning, and seven airbags.

Thus far, HSV is only converting the 2SS version of Camaro. There’s no news on the 485kW ZL1 flagship, nor a convertible variant making it to our roads, at least, not officially.

Pricing is still to be confirmed, but we know that it will be more expensive than Mustang.

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