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New Camaro due for May reveal

By Curt Dupriez, 18 Mar 2015 News

Prospective ‘new Holden V8 coupe’ almost ready for action.

New Camaro due for May reveal

The model hotly tipped to become Holden’s next-gen muscle car will be unveiled in Detroit on May 16.

General Motors has released a teaser video revealing little more than a red, white and blue badge and the sixth-generation Camaro’s V8 engine note, though all is promised to be revealed at the mid-May event.

Holden has been open about its plan to introduce a rear-driven, V8-powered sportscar ever since momentum began gathering on key rival Mustang’s reintroduction into the Australian market.

Expected to be offered in V8, V6 and potentially turbo-four power in both coupe and convertible body style, the next-gen Camaro range lines up perfectly with Ford’s six-model pony car stable bound for Oz.

The Camaro certainly fits Holden’s ‘smaller and lighter’ promise for future local muscle as the new-gen version does away with the Commodore-shared Zeta platform and will adopt the Alpha platform as used for Cadillac ATS and CTS.

While rebadging a right-hook Camaro as a Holden is a no-brainer, GM-H has stated that its future sportscar will be ‘localised’, though to what actual degree is purely speculative.

The Camaro is also likely to use a new Gen V 6.2-litre V8, in a state of tune that will undoubtedly match Mustang’s 5.0-litre unit – 325kW in US tune, 303kW locally – depending on the region in which they’re sold.

For Holden fans, though, it looks to be a two months’ wait before concrete answers surface as to the future of next muscle car hero.

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