Chevrolet Camaro arrives at Silverstone

The current generation Chevrolet Camaro muscle car was joined by models from 1970 and 1976 at Silverstone in celebration of the Camaro competing in the 2010 Tour Britannia next month.

The 1970 model was a replica of Richard Lloyd’s British Saloon Car Championship Camaro Z28 from the early Seventies, while the 1976 version was decorated in ‘Bumblebee’ colours to celebrate the launch of the Transformers film in 2007.

Immortalised in a number of songs and films, the Chevrolet Camaro muscle car was previously only available to people willing to import the car from the US. However, the GM-owned brand has announced it will now sell the Camaro in limited number in the UK.

The latest generation Camaro is powered by a 6.2-litre V8 engine developing 426bhp, compared to the 5.7-litre V8 470bhp engine and the 5.7-litre 165bhp V8 used in the 1970 and 1976 ‘Bumblebee’ model respectively.

All three cars will be joined by Chevrolet’s BTCC drivers Jason Plato and Alex MacDowall at the event, which includes a question and answer session with the drivers between races two and three.

The Camaro previously appeared at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it drove the famous hill climb. Chevrolet says the Camaro will be available to buy in the UK in 2011.

Initially a coupe version capable of 0-60mph in under five seconds will be sold, but a cabriolet version is expected to follow soon after.