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HSV Chevrolet Camaro will be automatic only…

The HSV Chevrolet Camaro 2SS has been detailed on the brand’s website ahead of its arrival in mid-2018 and the most interesting item is that it will be automatic only.

SELFT-SHIFTING GEARS is a dying art (because we’re becoming lazier) and, despite what car makers say, most are abandoning manual transmissions even in their sporty vehicles. And, so it is with the HSV Chevrolet Camaro which will arrive Down Under towards the middle of next year; you’ll only be able to get it with an eight-speed automatic…not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with that.

As we already know, the Camaro will arrive Down Under in left-hand drive, alongside a couple of other Chevy models, before being converted to right-hand drive and being shipped out to selected Holden dealerships around the country with suggestions on social media that the price will be around $90,000+ORC. The vehicles will keep their Chevrolet badging.

Available in just one variant, 2SS Coupe (meaning two-door only) pricing is yet to be released. Under the bonnet is a 6.2-litre V8 making 330kW and 600Nm of torque which is mated to that eight-speed automatic only. Some details are still under wraps, like fuel consumption but the buyer of a Camaro will not be concerned about such things…

Beyond the engine and transmission, according to HSV, buyers can expect HID headlights, 20-inch alloys wrapped in 245/40ZR20 (front) and 275/35ZR20 (rear) Goodyear Eagle tyres, dual outlet exhaust with bright tips, power adjustable heated and ventilated leather front sports bucket-style seats, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. Dual-zone climate control, nine-speaker Bose sound system with, and this makes no sense, a 24-colour interior spectrum lighting, 7.0-inch touschscreen with Apple and Android compatibility, and a drive mode selector.

If the above pricing is to be believed then the Camaro will be a lot more expensive than the top-spec Mustang GT, the updated version of which is due here in June, and will be priced from mid-$60k.

Question: Will the Camaro sell when you get a Mustang for a lot less?

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Isaac Bober

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