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The Chevrolet Camaro Come Back Swinging for 2019

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By Dave Ashton

On the surface it seems like the one pony car that hasn’t had as much lime light as the rest in recent months is the Chevrolet Camaro. Hogging the attention has gone to its stable mate the new mid. engined C8 Corvette. On the other side of the fence, all of the Dodge war machines like the Redeye and Ford’s offerings like the Bullitt edition and the upcoming GT500. Both Dodge and Ford have been hammering away in the press and on social media about all their models and just help the individual brands, but also added more spotlight to modern pony and muscle cars in general.

Raving about present and future models is always a good way to whip up interest. Personally, I think the Camaro needs another Transformers movie to give it a boost of promotion, but that doesn’t mean Chevy have been resting on their laurels. The 2020 Camaro has been announced with a host of updates. The 2020 model has had a mild face lift influenced by the Camaro Shock concept with a color bar between the upper and lower grilles and re positioned bowtie logo.

A more affordable Camaro LT1 is out, sitting between the 1LT and SS for trim levels, with a 6.2L V8 and 455HP. THe LT1 also gets SS hood vents and wheels with all season tires. Green is now the new…err, green, but its now available for 2020, with other options available like a rear spoiler, Recaro performance seats, red seat belts, aluminium pedal caps, dark-tinted tail lamps and colored calipers.

There’s also the option of a 10 speed automatic transmission in the 3.6-liter V6.

HSV Camaro ZL1
Australia have always been lovers of muscle cars, so it’s no surprise Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) are now selling Camaro ZL1’s with the steering wheel on the other side. Most of the news at the moment about the Aussy ZL1 is that it has 10 less horses at 640HP than the US equivalent at 650HP, but torque levels remain the same at 650lb. ft.

Being under the GM monarchy will help with scaling production, but these are also converted vehicles from their native hand drive. But this could also be seen as testing the waters for offering the Camaro in native hand drive in Australian and European territories just like the Mustang. The Mustang has been selling heaps over in Europe, so why shouldn’t the Camaro have a slice of cake.

Electric Formula Drift Camaro
The two words added together which usually brings up a little sick into one’s mouth – electric and pony/muscle car, as talked about in the past, electric is coming in full bore, so the muscle car makers might as well be ahead of the game. An entry into the formula drift by long-standing Chevrolet racers Napoleon Motorsports is showing the power of the pony in electric form.

Power levels for for the car come out at 515hp and 800 lb-ft of torque. With the instant torque power of electric, the car should definitely be a contender this season.

There’s been plenty of talk of the Dodge Challenger outselling the Camaro, with Mustangs selling the most at number one spot, but will this change over the coming year? Hard to say with the current updates, but the Camaro has enough history under its belt to know what it’s doing in the long term. Maybe once the hullabaloo over the C8 Corvette has died down, the Camaro will take centre stage again.

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