Chevrolet Camaro to star at Goodwood

The US-based manufacturer has promised to showcase its Corvette sports cars, Camaro muscle car and green Volt extended-range electric car at the show, prior to all three being released in the UK.

It will foreshadow the brand’s biggest product launch ever in the UK and follows the introduction of the new Chevrolet Orlando MPV, updated Captiva SUV and five-door Cruze hatchback into UK Chevrolet dealerships.

Chevrolet UK Managing Director, Mark Terry, said: “What better way could there be to celebrate our brand’s centenary than to do so at the world’s finest celebration of motoring? The Goodwood Festival of Speed is as much of an icon as Chevrolet itself, and we’re proud to be such a significant part of this year’s event.”

Of particular interest will be the Chevrolet Camaro, the iconic American muscle car that was previously only available in the UK as a left-hand drive import.

It will be joined in the UK by the company’s flagship sports car models, the Corvette range. Corvette is being relaunched in the UK after the company previously tasked with importing them was declared bankrupt in 2009.

Models include the range-topping ZR1, which costs £110,000 and houses a 6.2-litre 629bhp V8 engine capable of reaching 60mph from standing in 4.3 seconds.

The Chevrolet Volt has already been seen in the UK in the shape of the rebadged Vauxhall Ampera, which is set to go on sale in 2012.

The Festival, which features the Moving Motor Show up the famous Goodwood hill climb, begins on Thursday 30 June.