HSV Bringing RHD 2019 Camaro ZL1 And 2SS Down Under

Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) has announced that it will bring select 2019 Chevrolet Camaro models to Australia and New Zealand, including the potent Camaro ZL1.

HSV will be the first company to re-engineer the latest Camaro models with full volume compliance in Australia and New Zealand and convert the vehicles from left- to right-hand drive.

At the top of the range is the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Initially, HSV will convert ZL1s equipped with the 10-speed automatic transmission in Victoria from April. Conversions of the 6-speed manual variant will then kick-off in May.

Camaro ZL1s heading Down Under are virtually identical to those sold in the United States, albeit for having the steering wheel on the other side. Consequently, power comes from a 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged V8, which for the Australian and New Zealand markets will deliver 643 hp and 860 Nm (634 lb-ft) of torque.

Those who opt for the six-speed manual will receive an Active Rev Matching feature as well as hill-hold and launch control functionalities. The 10-speed automatic includes launch control, line-lock and lift-foot gear hold.

Local buyers will be pleased to know that all ZL1s come complete with the Magnetic Ride Control suspension which can change damping in just 10-15 milliseconds depending on road conditions. The car also comes equipped with an electronically-control limited slip differential, huge Brembo brakes, and a bi-mode exhaust offering Sport and Track driving modes.

Aussies and Kiwis looking for something more accessible can opt for the Chevrolet Camaro 2SS. This model is powered by a naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter LT1 V8 delivering 454 hp and an impressive 617 Nm (455 lb-ft) of torque. Like the ZL1, the 2SS is available with both a six-speed manual and a 10-speed automatic.

Among the key features of the model are the new front fascia, 20-inch 5-spoke wheels, the latest Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, a Head-Up Display and Forward Collision Alert.

Unsurprisingly, neither the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 or Camaro 2SS come cheap. Pricing for the Camaro 2SS with the six-speed manual starts at $86,990 ($61,745 USD) while the ZL1 starts at $159,990 ($113,560 USD).

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  • Six_Tymes

    that blue ZL1 looks very good. the front end on the red one, not so much

    • Everett Jones

      Just about everybody hates the updated grilles on Chevys lineup. I read somewhere that Chevy said there grilles focus tested well. The ZL1 has the older face

      • Matt

        That focus group story was referring to the Silverado’s grille wasn’t it?

    • Bash

      Same me, and I believe several hundred thousands around the globe think the same.

  • Everett Jones

    Are they going to rebadge them by Holden oror Cama by HSV. I figure if you’re going to fork over the coin for a Camaro down under you’re going to want it badged as a Chevrolet.

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      No change of badges. Sold as a Chevy with Chevy badges. They know they wouldn’t get away with it if they tried to replace them with the racing helmet lion!

  • Sovereignty

    Chevrolet should just manufacture a RHD version for the UK, Australia and New Zealand. I know the 2.0T isn’t the most sporting model, but priced right, it’d sell brilliantly here in the UK.

    • Ben Chesterman

      Rs package would be great

    • Ben Chesterman

      In Usa its price with a basic Golf gti

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  • Adam

    Holden stopped manufacturing vehicles in 2017, so there are no more cars to send unfortunately.

  • Ben Chesterman

    Because Australia has Democratic Socialism 35 yrs since Bob Hawke = high taxes on cars , Camaro 2ss is $95000aud drive way / taxed $20000 . Zl1 $172,000aud drive away / taxed $52000 . In Usa 2ss auto with sunroof is $50000usd drive away , Zl1 is $80000usd drive away . Usa list price excludes local taxes 8% gst , $1500usd gas guzzler tax ,destination charge $1000usd -$4000usd . If the budget 1ss sold here it would cost $77,000aud drive away/ taxed $15000 / Camaro v6 2lt with rs package $70,000aud drive away / taxed $17,000 , Camaro 2 litre turbo sold here it would cost $55000aud drive away / taxed $10000

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