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Chevrolet Camaro factory RHD a possibility

The upcoming Camaro will be converted to RHD locally before going on sale across HSV's network of 55 dealerships.

General Motors will closely monitor the local sales performance of the upcoming Chevrolet Camaro before deciding whether to produce a factory right-hand drive (RHD) version of the muscle car in the future.

The first batch of sixth-generation Camaros will start to roll off a conversion line at Melbourne's Walkinshaw Automotive Group facility this month before going on sale across Holden's Special Vehicles' (HSV) network of 55 dealerships.

According to GM executive vice-president for global product development Mark Reuss, the current Camaro was not engineered for RHD production, meaning a factory iteration would have to wait until the next generation.

When asked if a RHD Camaro will ever be imported, Mr Reuss said "that will depend on how the current model goes in this market".

While the current model has yet to be released Down Under, it has been on sale in the States since 2015, and given the vehicle has an expected lifespan of five-or-so years, the next-generation may not be so far away.

With the V8, rear-wheel drive Commodore models long gone, Holden hopes the imported muscle car will help regain traditional HSV customers.

The first batch of sixth-generation Camaros will start to roll off a conversion line this month. The first batch of sixth-generation Camaros will start to roll off a conversion line this month.

Rumoured to wear a circa-$90,000 price tag, the Australian-spec Camaro is based on the 2SS variant that packs a 339kW/617Nm punch thanks to its 6.2-litre free-breathing V8.

Although the Camaro's arch-rival Ford Mustang matches its power outputs, the Blue Oval-badged pony car suffers a 61Nm torque deficit.

However, with the Mustang produced in factory RHD form, Ford Australia is able to price its V8-powered muscle car from $62,990 before on-roads.

The sales performance of the Equinox and Acadia SUVs – both also sourced from North America – will also play a part in GM's RHD market engineering decision.

As for Chevrolet's other sportscar, the iconic Corvette, Mr Reuss dismissed questions on whether the two-seater could come Down Under with a definitive "maybe".

Will the new-generation Chevrolet Camaro be able to compete with the Ford Mustang in Aussie showrooms? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.​