The Chevrolet Corvette and Chevrolet Camaro could soon be available in a Holden showroom near you.
The V8 Holden Commodore is rapidly approaching an imminent death, soon to be replaced by imported V6 Holden Commodore VXR. However, motoring.com.au has revealed that Holden won’t stop selling V8 models altogether. Hurrah.
HSV’s parent company Walkinshaw is said to be securing a deal where it can import the Chevrolet Camaro, convert it to right hand drive and then sell it in Holden and HSV dealerships.
As for the Corvette, an all-new mid-engined Corvette C8 model is under development, which will be produced in both left and right hand drive, meaning that the ‘Vette could also be sold in Holden showrooms.
The new Camaro won’t be cheap, though. Prices are expected to start around $90,000 for the entry level Camaro SS. The Camaro will be powered by the new 6.2 litre LT1 V8 which is lifted from the Corvette C7 Stingray, and features variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management. The LT1 differs from the LS3 unit currently fitted to V8 Commodore models.
The Camaro ZL1 and track-focused Camaro 1LE could also be converted to right-hand drive.
The C8 Corvette could arrive in 2019, and it’ll be a damn sight more expensive than the Camaro, with a predicted retail price of around $200,000.
Holden won’t confirm anything officially at present, but Holden PR boss Sean Poppitt told motoring.com.au that “there’s plenty of exciting products, including the top-secret sports-car, coming at us but I’m not in a position to comment.” Interpret that however you wish.
An official announcement around the “top-secret sports-car” will be made in the coming weeks.