When news emerged that HSV will be handling the importing as well as right hand drive conversion duties so that Australian buyers can enjoy the Chevrolet Camaro, there was some latent fear concerning the fate of the manual transmission as the single-spec 2SS bound for our shores seemed to only be armed with two pedals instead of three.
Though an automatic transmission will be standard equipment in the initial batch of cars, it appears that won’t last for long. In a conversation with Motoring, HSV’s Managing Director Tim Jackson clarified that offering a manual with the Camaro was always a primary objective.
“Absolutely, our intent is to have a manual, he said. “We know we have a customer base that wants a manual, we are working on it and I imagine we will have a manual as we move into late 2019.”
Given that Chevrolet has quite recently announced a facelift for much of their passenger car line-up, Camaro included, and that the European-spec units earmarked for RHD conversion with a manual transmission will have been manufactured according to this newer exterior design, the timing corroborates the timetable provided by HSV that the Camaro will reflect this mid-cycle update. However, the first initial batches of Camaros to roll out of HSV’s facility outside Melbourne will wear the pre-facelift design.
Within calendar year 2018, Jackson also said HSV plans to deliver “around 500” Camaros to Holden dealerships across Australia and New Zealand, ones selected to bear the Chevrolet-badged V8 two-door sports car. Going forward, HSV plans to increase the annual allotment for the Mustang rival, simultaneously increasing the number of variants from just the 2SS to something like the track-focused ZL1 LE.
“I’d be lying if I said we aren’t interested in looking at it. We need to get everyone aligned and make sure we can get the core vehicle and we can do any engineering that’s required to make sure it’s compliant.” he added.