Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Sexy Coupe Has Rippling V8 Muscle

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Sexy Coupe Has Rippling V8 Muscle

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AMERICA'S newest muscle car, the 2010 born-again Chevrolet Camaro, is now on sale following the launch of the world's first right-hand drive version this week.

The strikingly-handsome coupe, which evokes the Coke-bottle style of the '60s original in a modern design, will be available new with full Australian Design Rule compliance and ready to register in all Australian states and territories.

The first RHD car, an SS 6.2-litre V8 model in inferno orange metallic, was revealed by Gympie-based importer Performax International with the assistance of Australia's best-known Camaro racer Kevin Bartlett during the traditional V8 Supercar drivers' lunch on day one of the Nikon SuperGP at the Gold Coast.

"It's a great piece of gear and the right-hand drive conversion has been done absolutely without compromise," the retired touring car legend told an audience including a grid-full of current-day drivers, none of whom were racing V8s in the early 1980s when he thrilled crowds around the country with his thundering Channel Nine-sponsored Camaro.

Queensland-based Performax International, Australia's leading importer and converter of new US-made passenger vehicles for the past 20 years, predicts strong demand for the Camaro following rave reviews since its US launch earlier this year.

The Camaro SS with six-speed manual transmission will be priced from $139,000 drive-away, but other versions including a 3.6 litre V6 from $129,000 will be available to order.

Although much of the design, development and testing of the fifth-generation Camaro was done by Holden, Performax International has produced a factory-perfect right-hand drive version completely in-house with its own industry-leading technology.

"We understand this is the first RHD 2010 Camaro built anywhere in the world and we're proud to be bringing such an eagerly-awaited new car with an iconic badge back to Australia," general manager Nicholas Vandenberg said. …

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