Chevrolet has confirmed details for the European-spec Camaro muscle car, which will arrive to UK shores most likely in late 2012.
No specific release date has been announced yet, but reports widely anticipate it will be before the end of this year that UK motorists will be able to enter their local showrooms for a Camaro, which it's fair to say pretty much embodies the idea of a cool American muscle car, of which there are very few currently in the UK.
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Prices for the Chevrolet Camaro coupe start from £35,025, convertible models start from £40,025.
Upon release the new Camaro will be available in two body styles - coupe and convertible. It will use a 426bhp V8 engine that produces 569Nm of torque at 4,600rpm. The V8 has a top speed of 155mph and propels the coupe from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds and the convertible in 5.4 seconds. CO2 Emissions range from 304g/km to 329g/km.
The engine is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission as standard, but a manual transmission is also offered.
Alongside its meaty V8 is a new stiffer suspension which offers better versatility for high-speed performance driving.
From the outside the Camaro's appeal is a lot like the earlier generation models with a muscular body, V shaped nose, low riding roof and a large gold bowtie Chevrolet logo slapped on its front end. It also features circular xenon headlights.
Inside there are performance seats, ambient blue rev counter lighting, trip computer with driver information and a Head-Up-Display that projects speed and stereo information onto the windscreen.
Although an official release date has not yet been announced, it seems the Chevrolet Camaro will be released in Europe before the Ford Mustang, another American muscle car icon, beating it to the punch in terms of European sales figures.
In terms of current competition Vauxhall's VXR8 is probably the closest comparison, since it offers a 414bhp V8 and a similar starting price of £45,000.