Right-Hand Drive 2010 Chevy Camaro on Sale in Australia for... $128,500 USD!

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The good news for our fellow Aussie readers is that, while GM has not revived plans to introduce a right-hand drive (RHD) version of its new 2010 Camaro, Queensland-based Performax International, an Australian importer and converter of new US-made passenger vehicles, has announced the domestic market launch of what it supports to be, the world's first RHD version of the muscle car. The bad news is that those interested will have to be willing to dig really, really deep into their pockets...

To be precise, the Camaro SS with the 426HP 6.2-liter V8 and a six-speed manual transmission will be priced from $139,000 AUD ($128,500 USD at the current exchange rates) or more than twice the cost of the HSV Clubsport R8, a high-performance version of the Holden Commodore / Pontiac G8 sports saloon equipped with a 425HP LS3 V8 that retails for $65,990 AUD.

In the U.S., the V8-powered Camaro SS costs a mere $33,745 USD or $36,500 AUD meaning that an Aussie can basically come to the U.S., buy a Camaro and live fairly comfortably off the price difference for a couple of years without having to work...

Despite the overly-hefty price tag, Performax claims that it has already received half a dozen orders and expects more now that the RHD Camaro has been released.

"For something that will be an absolute standout on Australian roads - and drive as good as it looks - it's great value for money," Performax General Manager Nicholas Vandenberg said.

"The Camaro SS drives just like it does it does from the factory, meaning it has the same outstanding handling, tactile steering and powerful V8 performance noted by American reviewers".

"The driving position, including the relationship between steering wheel, pedals and seat, is perfect. Thanks to our industry-leading computer-aided-design and plastic injection moulding technology, we have been able to re-create the fascia, door panels, centre console, ventilation ducts, wiper cowl and other parts with total accuracy of fit and finish," Vandenberg concluded.

Performax said that it is also readying other RHD versions of the Camaro including a base model with the 3.6-litre V6 priced from $129,000 AUD or about $119,200 USD. According to the company, first customer deliveries of the RHD 2010 Camaro are expected to start in December or January, following formal ADR certification.

The Camaro SS package includes an LS3 V8 engine matched to a Tremec six-speed manual transmission, StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control, high-performance Brembo brakes with four-piston aluminum calipers, leather heated seats with driver's six-way power adjustment, cruise control, Bluetooth, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, Boston Acoustic 245 Watt stereo system with nine speakers and auxiliary/USB input jacks, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and front, side and head-curtain airbags.