Want To Buy A Chevy Camaro In China? That’ll Be $60k For The 2.0, Please

The best thing about muscle cars is that they’re cheap. Not as cheap as budget econo-boxes, of course, but they present a heck of a bargain.

Take the Chevy Camaro, for example. In its home market, it starts at less than $26k. But if you want to buy one in China, it’ll cost you more than twice that.

GM has just announced pricing for the sixth-generation Camaro in the so-called People’s Republic, where it starts at RMB 399,900. At current exchange rates, that works out to more than $58,000, or more than double what it costs Stateside.

Put another way, the base Camaro – offered with in RS spec with the 2.0-liter turbo four mated to an eight-speed automatic – costs nearly as much in China as the top-of-the-line ZL1 does in America.

Want a V6 or V8? Too bad, because it’s not on offer in China, where the costs associated with importing a new car from outside the country are prohibitive, and the tax rates on larger engines are even more so.

Lest you think GM is being unreasonable, Ford charges almost exactly the same – 399,800 yuan – for a base Mustang EcoBoost in China. But the Blue Oval will also sell you a Mustang GT with a V8 in China for about 700,000 yuan, or roughly $100k in American greenbacks.

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  • Benjamin B.

    We need to work with China to lower tariffs and increase free trade and capitalism…. However, we have a president who is hostile to free trade and true free market capitalism. Our president is a crony capitalist (or national socialist).

    • Knotmyrealname

      …just like the dudes over there.

    • Felix Le Forestier

      Because China is such a free market, not controlled at all.

    • FactChecker90803

      No, he realizes that there is no such thing as free or fair-trade..even with Mexico with which we have NAFTA, there is a VAT on imported American luxury cars, high performance cars, SUVS and pickup trucks. A Jeep Wrangler, Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Suburban, GMC Yukon, Ford Expedition, Heavy Duty F-Series, Silverado and Sierra all get taxed. Where as a Chevy Silverado 1500, Ford Fusion, RAM HEAVY DUTY 2500-5500 that are made in Mexico and exported to the USA are not, neither are Audi’s, BMW’S or Mercedes-Benz’s assembled or build in Mexico for exportation to the USA under NAFTA rules. As for China, they slap a VAT and an engine displacemwnt Tax on imported cars, I believe anything over 3.0L, but even regular everyday imported cars cost as much as twice what they would be in there home countries, as an example a Camaro or Mustang turbo I4 cost around $70,000 in China, there V6 and V8 versions are not even officially imported due to the extraordinary cost so they are imported by specialty importers, a Cadillac Escalade will run upwards of $250,000 with the VAT and Displacement Tax, a Corvette runs around the same, a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will cost $100-125,000. VAT tax and Engine Displacement tax, are the reason Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac and Buick cars are made in China. So please spare us the Trump Bashing, he sees the world the way it really is and not as does in power desire it to be.

      • kello3000

        Well let’s pray he won’t loose that unmatched clairvoyance in case he one day finds himself to be part of those in power!

  • TheHake

    Well the 2.3 Mustang starts at €57k (US$60k) in the Netherlands, and the 2.0 Camaro costs almost US$65k… Bone stock that is.

  • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

    A camaro in Norway will have a price abought 80 to 90k euro(over 100k dollars) for the 2,0T , a mustang 2,3 cost around 87000 dollar with a manual, the automatic 2,3 mustang cost 93000 dollar, a new chevy tahoe 7 seater costs 185000 dollar in norway.
    A toyota prius(39000 $) cost more in norway than a camaro in the USA . So chinese prices still cheaper than norway.

    • Strada

      But you have million Somali ‘refugees’ to feed so pay up, don’t complain. You know, you have to share with the less fortunate 🙂

      • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

        WTF , i dont understand what u are talking abought.. , nothing to do with the carprices in Norway.

        • Strada

          TAXES. Government fees added to the car’s price. GM doesn’t get $100k for that car. Taxes are used to pay for social programs, help for those who need it. Norway has a great social assistance but if too many people use it, it will require more taxes to be collected and prices will increase even more.

          • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

            yes but the taxes are a good thing, its a reason that we have sheap healtcare, free school , free dentist until u are 18, and btw, the electric cars and plug in hybrids are tax free in norway to.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Damn. At least give them a China Special. I feel bad that they’re left out.

    • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

      A china spesial would be a 1,8 R4 with 145 hp

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Yes, it’s sweet they can get the car but the price sours it. It’s just like the old chicken tax in reverse. Balls to that!

  • fabri99

    The 2.0L Camaro will cost you €53,000 in Italy, so I don’t really see what’s so shocking here.

  • smartalec

    That’s still cheap compared to Australia, a Camaro will cost you over 100k here

    • Steve Hatton

      Is that including conversion costs or before ?

  • antbee

    Oh, so the same price as we would be charged in Canada? They used to be built here, but were still double the price of the US models. Small exaggerations, but really not too far off.

  • smartacus

    Reading some of the comments: China,
    Netherlands, Norge, Canada, and Australia
    are all suffering from expensive Camaros.