Pre­mium price for Ca­maro 2SS

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles has con­firmed the Aus­tralian con­verted Chevro­let Ca­maro 2SS sport­scar will be priced from $85,990 be­fore on-road costs when it en­ters se­lect Holden show­rooms later this month.

The Ca­maro is be­ing touted as some­thing of a spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor to the com­pany’s V8 Com­modore-based mod­els.

Com­pared with the Us-mar­ket Ca­maro 2SS that is priced from $US42,995, about $A60,000, the Aus­tralian model is about $26,000 more ex­pen­sive, with ship­ping fees, right-hand-drive con­ver­sion costs, lux­ury car tax and other tar­iffs fac­tored into its pre­mium.

While the con­verted Ca­maro 2SS is also $19,731 dearer than its di­rect ri­val, Ford’s Mus­tang GT Fast­back, HSV gen­eral man­ager of mar­ket­ing Da­mon Paull stressed it is a niche of­fer­ing pitched against the high end of the mar­ket.

“Un­de­ni­ably, we are go­ing to ap­peal to sport­scar en­thu­si­asts and the purists who re­ally know the dif­fer­ence,” he said.

“We don’t look to ap­peal to the bot­tom end of the mar­ket and the ve­hi­cle will be pitched as such.

“Play­ing to the way we’re po­si­tion­ing this ve­hi­cle, we’re sim­ply not for the masses. We have niche avail­abil­ity be­cause we’re a niche man­u­fac­tur­ing firm.”

Mr Paull added that sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est from Aus­tralian and New Zealand cus­tomers had re­sulted in HSV pre­selling about a third of its 550-unit model year 2018 al­lo­ca­tion through its 55-strong dealer net­work.

As such, it is ex­pected the next Ca­maros of­fered will be the 2019 model year, com­plete with a new 10-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, launch con­trol and line-lock burnout func­tions, re­vised ex­te­rior styling and in­creased equip­ment lev­els.

While the Mus­tang GT Fast­back ap­pears to be an ob­vi­ous ri­val for the Ca­maro 2SS that will be con­verted at HSV’S new fac­tory in Clay­ton South, Mr Paull said it was not that sim­ple.

“There might be some cus­tomers who will look to both prod­ucts,” he said.

“We don’t see them as our only com­peti­tor – by any stretch.

“We won’t be of­fer­ing a four cylin­der. We’re an eight-cylin­der purist sport­scar. So, we look at those a lit­tle bit above us in the prod­uct spec­trum.”

Mr Paull was open to expanding the V8 line-up be­yond that of the 2SS in the Ca­maro’s com­ing model years, but HSV man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Tim Jack­son has pre­vi­ously said the 485kw881nm ZL1 flag­ship was un­likely to be sold in Aus­tralia.

In­stead, the avail­abil­ity of a sixspeed man­ual gear­box for the 2SS is more likely, as is the lower-spec­i­fi­ca­tion 1SS that could re­duce the Ca­maro’s en­try price to below $80,000, or $75,000 if the self-shifter is of­fered.

“We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing man­ual po­ten­tial,” Mr Paull said.

“We see au­to­matic as prob­a­bly the ma­jor­ity of de­mand go­ing for­ward, but we un­der­stand there are some en­thu­si­asts that would like a man­ual.

“If we can bring that to life, it won’t be for a lit­tle while.

“We see this model range as part of our long-term prod­uct plan.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Jack­son, the launch of the con­verted Ca­maro 2SS has been a long time com­ing, with HSV tak­ing pride in the fi­nal prod­uct.

“This project has been more than three years in the mak­ing and in­volved mil­lions of dol­lars of in­vest­ment in prod­uct de­vel­op­ment, test­ing and val­i­da­tion,” he said.

“We set out with the goal of re­tain­ing the in­tegrity of the left-hand-drive ve­hi­cle through the adop­tion of ex­ten­sive en­gi­neer­ing, de­vel­op­ment and man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses.

“We are proud to say we be­lieve we have achieved our goal.

“The in­ter­est and push we have had from cus­tomers and the GM faith­ful to bring this ve­hi­cle to mar­ket has been noth­ing short of ex­cep­tional.”

The Ca­maro 2SS is mo­ti­vated by a 6.2-litre LT1 nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V8 petrol en­gine that pro­duces 339kw of power at 6000rpm and 617Nm of torque at 4400rpm.

Drive is ex­clu­sively sent to the Ca­maro 2SS’S rear wheels via a limited-slip dif­fer­en­tial and an eight-speed torque-con­ver­tor au­to­matic trans­mis­sion with steer­ing wheel-mounted pad­dle shifters.

Four driv­ing modes – Tour, Sport, Snow-ice and Track – al­low the driver to al­ter ve­hi­cle set­tings, such as trans­mis­sion, steer­ing and ex­haust while on the move.

An in­de­pen­dent multi-link rear sus­pen­sion with twin-tube shock ab­sorbers also fea­tures along­side fourpis­ton Brembo brake cal­lipers and grey, split-spoke 20-inch al­loy wheels wrapped in a mixed set of Goodyear Ea­gle run-flat tyres.

HID head­lights with LED day­time run­ning lights pair with a bootlid­mounted spoiler and the bi-mo­dal ex­haust sys­tem’s stain­less-steel dual tailpipes to com­plete the ex­te­rior.

Inside, power-ad­justable front sports seats are trimmed in leather and have heat­ing and ven­ti­la­tion func­tion­al­ity, while the flat-bot­tom steer­ing wheel is also leather-wrapped and heated.

A 7.0-inch Mylink touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem fea­tures Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto sup­port and is hooked up to a nine-speaker Bose sound sys­tem. It is also com­ple­mented by an 8.0-inch dig­i­tal in­stru­ment clus­ter and a colour head-up dis­play.

Other stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes dual-zone cli­mate con­trol, a power­op­er­ated sun­roof, wire­less smart­phone charg­ing, an auto-dim­ming rearview mir­ror, am­bi­ent in­te­rior light­ing, and key­less en­try and start.

Ad­vanced driver-as­sist sys­tems ex­tend to lane de­par­ture warn­ing, blindspot mon­i­tor­ing, rear cross-traf­fic alert, a re­vers­ing cam­era, rear park­ing sen­sors, cruise con­trol and tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing as well as seven airbags, in­clud­ing driver’s knee airbag.

OP­TIONS: Four driv­ing modes – Tour, Sport, Snow-ice and Track – al­low the driver to al­ter ve­hi­cle set­tings, such as trans­mis­sion, steer­ing and ex­haust while on the move.

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