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Chevrolet confirms RHD Camaro for UK - debut at Goodwood FOS 2010

 Chevrolet confirms RHD Camaro for UK - debut at Goodwood FOS 2010
2011 Chevrolet Camaro for UK market 01.07.2010

American automaker Chevrolet is using the Goodwood Festival of Speed as the location for the debut of the right-hand drive Chevrolet Camaro.  The musclecar redux will hit the UK market at some point in the first six months of 2011.

The car will be shown off to the Goodwood crowd with the 426-horsepower (318 kW / 432 PS) 6.2-liter V8 LS3 engine, also seen on the US-spec car, which delivers up to 420 ft-lb (569 Nm) of torque.  UK customers will not have access to the 400-horsepower 6.2-liter L99 V8 that comes with Active Fuel Management, allowing it to use only four of eight cylinders to save petrol.

Presumably, the engine will be mated to the same Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission available in the U.S.  This allowed the car to hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, though Chevy would only confirm that the U.K. spec car will have a sub-five second 0-60mph sprint, and an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.

Chevy is bringing a Transformers-themed version to Goodwood, in Bumblebee kit, with Autobot badging.  Final specs and pricing will be launched closer to the UK Camaro's launch next year.

Note: U.S. specification vehicle pictured.

HERE COMES THE CAMARO!

  • Iconic Chevrolet will go on sale in the UK
  • 6.2-litre V8 426bhp Camaro will arrive in 2011
  • Official announcement at Goodwood Festival of Speed

One car is set to create a bigger buzz than most at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, as Chevrolet announces that its Bumblebee themed Camaro marks the launch of the new model in the UK.

Building on Chevrolet's iconic US Heritage, the retro-styled Camaro has been on sale in the USA since 2009, and has already seen sales in excess of 200,000 as American retailers cleared their waiting lists.

And very soon, those waiting to get their hands on an official Camaro in the UK will have reason to celebrate - the car will go on sale as an official Chevrolet, complete with full manufacturer warranty, during the first half of 2011.

With looks that draw heavily from the styling of the legendary 1967-69 Camaro - immortalised in song in Bruce Springsteen's Racing in the Street and on the silver screen in both 2 Fast 2 Furious and Transformers - the car is a full four-seater, with an interior that also takes significant cues from the look of its forebears.

The Camaro will be available only in top level V8 trim - the 6.2-litre 426bhp powerplant is as much of a legend as the Camaro itself. It promises a top speed electronically limited to 155mph, and a 0-60mph time of less than five seconds, coupled to a dynamic chassis that, thankfully, owes little to the layout of more traditional muscle cars.

Final specification details and prices will be announced closer to the car's 2011 launch. In the meantime, potential customers can register their interest at www.chevrolet.co.uk

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 Aych Es Vee Aych Es Vee
PLEASE BRING IT TO AUSTRALIA NOW TOO.......... Seeing as its going to be RHD.
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July 2, 2010 10:02 pm
 Renegade Renegade
Smart move GM, with the Mazda RX-8 going out of production next year, with European cars getting more FWD then ever, with the economy getting a bit better and with the updated interior that the Camaro will get next year, this car has just what it needs to succeed in Europe. They just need to hope that Hyundai won't sell the Genesis Coupe there before they can send some Camaros at the dealers.
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July 1, 2010 9:24 pm
 X6M X6M
Now thats just insane, I'm a huge fan of american muscle cars.
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July 1, 2010 5:19 pm
 N20_Purge N20_Purge
RHD Camaro? Maybe muscle cars may be popular here... just maybe.
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July 1, 2010 2:37 pm
 MTC MTC
looking forward to see this car in the flesh
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July 1, 2010 2:09 pm