While Australians hold their breath to see if the Australian-developed Camaro will even be sold in local showrooms, potential US buyers have been slightly deflated with the news the flagship Z28 model has been scrapped.
Intended to boast a LS8 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine good for around 373kW – W427-rivalling performance – GM has instead left the flagship role up to the more marketable SS derivative.
With growing emphasis toward greener modes of transportation and fuel costs soaring, it is easy to assume the Z28 met its death at the hands of an accountant.
For now, punters will have to make do with the LS3 V8 engine from the HSV line-up in the Camaro SS which develops a far more sedate 300kW.
Regardless, closer to home we have a completely different issue to face with the Camaro – that it may never be seen on local roads at all.
Would you support the sale of the Camaro in Australia? How should GM market the retro invasion – with a Chevrolet bow-tie? A Holden badge? Maybe even under the HSV flag?
With essentially the same underpinnings as the VE Commodore, what premium would you expect to pay over its four-door Australian cousin – if at all?