The Ford Mustang, only recently launched in Australia, is already subject to huge waiting lists. With the market’s interest in the new Mustang now patently clear, we wanted to compare two potential options for Holden’s rear-wheel drive sports car, post Commodore.
This week, we saddled up with the Chevrolet Camaro SS and Corvette Stingray, checking out both models at the 2016 Delhi motor show.
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS features a 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine that produces 340kW of power and 617Nm of torque — up on the 306kW and 530Nm in the Mustang. The Camaro’s V8 is available either with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.
The next rung on the ladder is the Corvette Stingray, which uses a 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine that produces a Camaro-matching 340kW of power, but more torque with 624Nm. It’s available with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox.
How do the performance times compare to Mustang? The Camaro will dash from 0-100km/h in around 4.2 seconds, while the Stingray shoots from standstill to 100km/h in around 4.0 seconds.
Both quicker than the circa 4.8 second claim for the Mustang.
We asked Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer for Chevrolet global, what he could tell us about the rear-wheel drive V8 for the Australian market and whether the company was any closer to making a decision on which would, or could, go into production as a right-hand-drive vehicle for Australia.
“I can’t really comment on the Holden brand specifically — I’m not trying to be evasive by any means. Globally, particularly in the performance space, both Camaro and Corvette are really halos for the brand,” Mahoney said.
“I think it’s [Australia] an important market and it’s hard to comment on future product, and especially in a brand I’m not responsible for.”
“There’s interest in it [Camaro] and there’s demand in it, but any more, I can’t say,” said Mahoney.
So, if you had the choice, which would you want to see in Australia as Holden’s new V8 sports car? Camaro or Corvette?
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