CLOSE your eyes. Now imagine the thumping aural symphony that is a 6.2-litre LT4 supercharged V8 generating 480kW of power and 860Nm of torque. It’s the most powerful Chevrolet Camaro ever made, and it’s coming to Australia.
HSV, or Holden Special Vehicles as you may know them, has today confirmed the introduction of the Camaro ZL1 super car, and a raft of upgrades for the existing 2SS model sold in Australia, including a manual transmission.
Upgrades to the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS include the availability of a 6-speed manual, with active rev matching and launch control, and the introduction of a 10-speed paddle-shift auto, with custom launch control, line-lock and lift-foot gear hold.
New front-end styling, including the fascia, grille, dual element LED head-lamps, functional extractor-style hood and a ‘flow-tie’ open bow-tie grille emblem, and a new rear fascia and LED tail-lamps, complete external design changes.
Updated 5-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels, a next generation infotainment system, rear camera mirror, head-up display and forward collision alert have all been added to a package that includes lightweight track-tested Brembo performance brakes.
Power and performance will continue to be delivered by a 6.2-litre Generation V LT1 direct injection V8 engine, generating up to 339kW of power and a lofty 617Nm of torque, coupled with a performance oriented independent rear end.
The premium interior of the Camaro 2SS starts with power-adjustable heated and ventilated leather-trimmed front sports bucket seats, and a heated, leather-wrapped, flat-bottom sports-profile steering wheel for ultimate grip.
Dual zone automatic climate control, a 9-speaker Bose premium audio and 24 colour interior spectrum lighting enhance interior ambiance, while four distinctive drive modes – Tour, Sport, Track and Snow/Ice – blend exhilaration with innovation.
Joining the upgraded 2SS is the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, loaded with unprecedented levels of technology, refinement, track capability and straight-line acceleration, and recognised as the pinnacle of Camaro performance.
That’s thanks to its supercharged 6.2-litre LT4 supercharged V8, with direct injection and variable valve timing, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with active rev matching and launch control.
The most powerful Camaro ever built, it’s also available with a 10-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, with custom launch control, line-lock and lift-foot gear hold, with both variants offering magnetic ride control dampers an an electronic LSD.
Brembo performance brakes with 6-piston monobloc front calipers and 390mm two-piece front rotors will deliver outstanding stopping power, while a bi-modal performance exhaust system will provide the noise.
The 2019 Camaro ZL1 rides on 20-inch 10 split-spoke forged alloy wheels, and features Recaro performance seats with jet black leather appointments, red accents and suede micro-fibre inserts. The sports steering and gear shift share the inserts.
While power and torque figures are still subject to local certification, the company expects to confirm ZL1 maximum power and torque in the vicinity of 480kW and 860Nm respectively.
“HSV has a history steeped in high-performance and the upgrades to the 2SS model, and the introduction of the ZL1 – the most powerful production Camaro available in the world – really sing to HSV’s heritage,” HSV managing director Tim Jackson said.
“We’re confident the GM faithful, and performance enthusiasts generally, will be delighted with our latest move.”
Recommended retail pricing for HSV’s 2019 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS will start from $86,990 plus on-roads for the 6-speed manual, while ZL1 will be available from $159,990, again, plus on-roads.
The launch of the 2019 HSV/Chevrolet Camaro range will be staggered over the coming months with the 2SS automatic the first to debut, with re-manufacturing set to commence early March at HSV’s Clayton South, Victoria facility.
Production of the ZL1 automatic will commence in April, with build of the manual variant to kick-off in May. Build of the 2SS manual will begin in June.