For ages now, Australian Chevrolet performance fans have called for the Camaro to be sold in their local market, but it seemed unlikely since the Chevrolet brand is not marketed Down Under. However, with the demise of the Aussie-built Holden Commodore, GM performance fans on that continent have been even more insistent on the availability of a Camaro and thanks to Holden Special Vehicles – it is about to become a reality.
HSV announced earlier this year that they would be importing Chevrolet Camaros to the Australian market and converting them to right-hand-drive for legal road use. The company promised that the Camaro would be available in the third quarter of 2018, which is right now, and with the announcement of official Aussie pricing – it won’t be long before the first units hit the street.
Australian Camaro Pricing
The Chevrolet Camaro being sold by Holden Special Vehicles has a base price of $85,990 before on-road fees. With those fees, the “drive away price” is a little over $90,000. This includes the cost of the right-drive conversion, which is why the Camaro SS costs so much Down Under. For comparison, Ford builds the Mustang in right-drive for the Aussie market and it has a drive away price of $68,210, so the Camaro SS costs almost $22,000 more than the Mustang GT. We cant attribute the entire price difference to the conversion cost, but there is no question that the extra work leads to a jump in the purchase price.
For those who aren’t aware, both the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang are only sold in their V8-form in Australia, so the Camaro 2SS and the Mustang GT Premium are the standard models Down Under. That is one reason why the starting price is so much higher than it is in the US, but when you factor in the cost of transporting the cars around the world and the basic upcharge that comes with a foreign performance car- these prices make sense. They sound expensive to Americans, but the $70k Mustang has sold out since being launched in Australia.
Very Limited Numbers
In addition to being expensive, the Australian Chevrolet Camaro from HSV is going to be hard to get ahold of, as the company only plans to import and convert 550 cars for the first year. Ford sells far more Mustangs than that in Australia, so these Camaros don’t really pose any threat on the sales chart, but at long last, Aussie Chevy performance fans will finally be able to buy a Camaro SS that is configured for local roads.
We still don’t know exactly when HSV will deliver the first right-drive Camaros, but with pricing being announced, it shouldn’t be long.