Orders open for new Chevrolet Camaro

The famous US car will be available in a single, high-spec trim level but all UK versions will be left-hand drive when it makes its appearance in the spring.

In the meantime, orders have opened for both the coupe and a convertible version, priced at £35,000 and £40,000 respectively.

Chevrolet describes the Camaro as ‘one of the greatest muscle cars of all time’ and such a grandiose title is backed up by a monstrous 6.2-litre V8 engine developing a massive 430bhp.

Despite the car’s size – it measures nearly five metres in length – the Camaro can reach 62mph from standing in 5.2 seconds and goes on to an electronically-limited 155mph.

As expected, this does not result in impressive green credentials. The Camaro emits a 304g/km of CO2 in convertible form and 329g/km in coupe variation.

Fuel economy sits a little below 15mpg, an expected compromise for a powerful, performance-oriented muscle car based on the classic 1960s models of the same name.

As a top-spec model, the new Chevrolet Camaro does come generously equipped with a full leather interior, a nine-speaker sound system, Bluetooth and even rear parking sensors.

The Chevrolet Camaro comes with Brembo performance brakes to cope with the extra power and 20″ alloy wheels to complement the aggressive look of the muscle car.

A host of extras such as paint colours, bonnet stripes, a sunroof and a choice of alloy wheels will be offered as optional extras.

From launch, Chevrolet will also launch a limited edition 45th anniversary model to offer a more exclusive option from £36,000.

Kitted out in carbon black and with a unique red, white and blue-stitched leather interior, the special edition also adds new, dark silver alloy wheels and white-backed instrument panel to complete the look.

All models come with a six-speed manual gearbox but an automatic version can be specified for an additional £1,500.

The new Chevrolet Camaro is available to order now and the first deliveries will appear in UK Chevrolet showrooms in Spring 2012.