The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is coming to Australia, with HSV set to take on the task of converting the “most powerful production Camaro” to right-hand drive for the Australian market.
With its mighty supercharged 6.2-litre LT4 V8, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is expected to produce power and torque outputs of around 480kW and 860Nm, though this is something HSV is yet to confirm as it’s “subject to local certification.”
But, as with most imported and converted vehicles, there’s a price premium to accompany the exclusivity.
Australian Camaro ZL1 pricing starts at $159,990 for the 6-speed manual, while 10-speed automatic-equipped ZL1s will set buyers back an extra $2200 for a $162,190 total. Metallic paint is an $850 option.
Manual models will come with rev-matching and launch control, while automatic models will also feature a line-lock function – something Ford removed from the Mustang GT for its arrival in Australia.
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More good news for ZL1 intenders is that it’s set to feature GM’s Magnetic Ride Control adaptive dampers, a welcome addition for those headed on long trips, and something the 2SS-spec Camaro still lacks.
An electronically controlled LSD and big Brembo brakes with 6-piston rotors at the front both add to the performance credentials of HSV’s new performance halo, while a bimodal performance exhaust adds a bit of bark to that bite.
Inside, black leather-appointed Recaros with red accents and microfibre make for more sporting pews, while a ‘sueded’ steering wheel and sport alloy pedals add more to that feel.
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HSV expects that it will have a limited supply of ZL1s in 2019, totalling around 300 units to be sold locally. Production of the 10-speed automatic Camaro ZL1 kicks off in April, while manual models will begin production in May.
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