HSV’s Chevrolet Camaro will be a six-figure muscle car
HSV has confirmed pricing for its new Chevrolet Camaro 2SS, stating it will cost $NZ104,990.
The Australian company will ‘re-engineer and re-manufacture’ the Camaro for local consumption, a process that involves obtaining full volume compliance. It will convert 550 units in total to right hand drive specification, and this includes the 38 that are earmarked for New Zealand. The only option is that of metallic paint which brings a $1000 surcharge.
Given the volumes and the costs to re-engineer it for right hand drive consumption, the Camaro was never going to challenge the Mustang on a price basis, though die-hard Chevrolet fans will no doubt say it’s worth the premium. We’ll see how they sell though.
On the pricing announcement, HSV’s Managing Director, Tim Jackson, said: “This project has been over three years in the making and involved millions of dollars of investment in product development, testing and validation. We set out with the goal of retaining the integrity of the left-hand-drive vehicle through the adoption of extensive engineering, development, and manufacturing processes. We are proud to say we believe we have achieved our goal”.
The car in question, the Camaro 2SS, will offer the 6.2-litre GenV LT1 V8 with direct fuel injection and VVT, delivering 339kW of power and 617Nm of torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed auto only, and only the coupe will be offered. The model is actually the pre-facelift version but we think that’s a good thing given the look of the latest 2019 cars.
Other standard items include 20-inch wheels and brakes that feature Brembo calipers. Inside you’ll get power-adjustable, heated and ventilated leather-trimmed sports seats, dual zone climate air, a nine-speaker Bose system and 24-colour ambient lighting. Figure also on a remote start feature, a customisable eight-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless phone charging and a sunroof.
The re-manufacture of the Camaro will commence at HSV’s production facility in Clayton South, Victoria, this month.