Chevrolet Camaro makes UK debut

Previously, UK buyers wishing to own a Camaro, which has appeared in the 2 Fast 2 Furious and Transformers films in recent years, had to import a left hand drive version from the US.

A special Bumblebee-themed Camaro will make its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week where it will take part in the famous hill climb.

Chevrolet will only sell the range-topping version in the UK but specification and prices have not been announced so far.

The powerplant has, however, been confirmed as the 6.2-litre V8 426bhp unit capable of propelling the muscle car to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph and a 0-60mph sprint time of under five seconds.

The Camaro was revived in the US in 2009 and so far 200,000 have been sold. Chevrolet has resisted offering the Camaro to European customers in the past, but the success of the Chevrolet Cruze and the all-new Spark city car has encouraged the brand to expand its range.

The Camaro is seen as one of the most iconic cars ever built by the GM-owned brand. The 1967-69 version – which has inspired the latest model – appeared in Bruce Springsteen’s hit song Racing in the Street.

More recently, the car was voted World Car Design of the Year at the World Car of the Year Awards 2010. It was described by the judges as leaning on its heritage but in an artful, modern fashion.