Chevrolet Camaro makes its way into India for R&D purposes – Report
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No confirmation of a launch, but the car’s made three Auto Expo appearances.
According to an import document on Zauba.com, a left-hand-drive (LHD) Chevrolet Camaro SS has made its way into India during the end of November 2014. The document states that the car was brought in for R&D purposes.
At the 2010 Auto Expo, Chevrolet showcased the Camaro for the first time in India. Back then, company officials were positive on launching Chevy’s high-end vehicles as niche products in the long term. In 2012 and then again in 2014, Chevrolet had showcased the car, though it was just to treat its fan following in India.
With the Camaro’s scorn rival, the Ford Mustang, available as an RHD for the first time ever, the probability of the ‘Stang’s arrival in India is now higher than before. Speaking to IAB in April last year, Ford India’s newly appointed President and Managing Director, Nigel Harris, sounded positive about the idea of the Mustang as a halo car for Ford India’s lineup.
The Chevrolet Camaro imported is the SS variant, powered by a 6.2-litre V8 engine that outputs 426 bhp and 570 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels only. The Camaro is also available with a smaller 3.6-liter V6 with 323 hp and 375.3 Nm of torque, but only comes in LHD configuration.
As always, do take the rumors with a pinch of salt as the car could’ve been brought just for global prototype testing, since Chevrolet is currently working on the second generation of the muscle car, expected to be launched this year.