There ain’t no muscle like Detroit muscle, and British fans of the iconic cars that ruled American roads throughout the 1960s can now place orders for the modern incarnation of one of the greatest muscle cars of all time – the Chevrolet Camaro.

Priced at £34,995 for the Coupe or £39,995 for the soft-top Convertible model, the new Camaro exudes all of the attributes that made the original muscle cars famous – great performance, stunning looks and incredible value for money.

In addition to the standard models, Chevrolet is also offering, for a limited time only, the 2012 45th anniversary Camaro, finished in striking Carbon Flash Black with bespoke red and silver anniversary stripes, dark silver 20-inch alloys, a unique 45th anniversary leather interior with red, white and blue stitching and a one-off white-backed instrument panel. It’s priced at £36,495 for the Coupe or £41,495 for the Convertible.

All models come with a six-speed manual gearbox, but are available with a six-speed automatic transmission as a £1,500 option.

Power comes from a 6.2-litre V8 engine developing 432PS (405PS auto), with 0-62mph acceleration between 5.2 seconds (manual Coupe) and 5.6 seconds (auto Convertible). All Camaros have an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. A full spec table appears below.

Customers wishing to order a Camaro can now do so, with the first cars arriving in dealerships late spring.

Chevrolet Camaro Specifications

Engine RPOLS3 Manual/L99 Automatic
Displacement (cm³)6162
Number of cylinders8
Bore x stroke (mm)103.25 x 92
Number of valves16
Camshaft locationCentral
Block material:cast aluminium w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners
Cylinder head material:aluminium
Valvetrain:overhead valve; two valves per cylinder; roller lifters;

Active Fuel Management (with L99 Automatic)

Ignition system:coil-near-plug ignition
Fuel delivery:sequential fuel injection (SFI)
Compression ratio: Manual / Automatic10.7:1  / 10.4:1
Fuel typeUnleaded

(min. 95 RON, recommended 98 RON)

Maximum engine speed (rpm):6600 (LS3) / 6200 (L99)
Powered axleRWD
Manual TransmissionTremec TR6060 6-speed manual (short throw)
Gear ratios (:1)
Final Drive Ratio3.45
Automatic TransmissionHydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic w/ TAPshift
Gear ratios (:1)
Final Drive Ratio3.27
Performance (kW/PS/min-1) Manual318 / 432 / 5900 = 426 HP
Performance (kW/PS/min-1) Automatic298 / 405 / 5900 = 399 HP
Torque (Nm/min-1) Manual569 / 4600
Torque (Nm/min-1) Automatic556 / 4300
Steeringhydraulic, variable ratio rack & pinion
Steering ratio16.1:1
Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:2.5
Drive axlerear wheel drive
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)Standard
Brakes, typefour-piston fixed Brembo aluminium front and rear callipers
Brakes front, rotor diameter x thickness (mm)355 x 32
Brakes rear, rotor diameter x thickness (mm)365 x 28
Wheel suspension frontdouble-ball-joint, multi-link strut; direct-acting stabiliser bar; progressive-rate coil springs; fully adjustable camber, caster and toe
Wheel suspension rear4.5-link independent; progressive-rate coil springs over shocks; stabiliser bar; fully adjustable camber and toe
Moving (dB(A)/E)75
Stationary (dB(A)/E)90 / 8990 / 89
CO (g/km)0.7844 / 0.96790.7844 / 0.9679
THC (mg/km)0.0481 / 0.06840.0481 / 0.0684
NHMC (mg/km)0.0391 / 0.05680.0391 / 0.0568
Nox (mg/km)0.0088 / 0.01070.0088 / 0.0107
HC + Nox (g/km)
Top speed (mph) – manual/automatic155
Acceleration 0-62 mph (sec.) – manual/automatic5.2 / 5.45.4 / 5.6
Fuel consumption (l/100 km)¹ – manual/automatic
– urban20.9 / 18.9
– extra-urban10.2 / 9.7
– combined14.1 / 13.1
Fuel consumption (mpg) manual/automatic
– urban13.5 / 14.9
– extra-urban27.6 / 29.1
– combined20.0 / 21.5
CO2 emission (g/km)¹
– urban484 / 438
– extra-urban238 / 226
– combined329 / 304
Exterior Length (mm)4836.84836.8
Exterior Width excluding mirrors (mm)19171917
Exterior Height (mm)13601378.5 / 1319
Wheelbase (mm)28522852
Track front (mm)16181618
Track rear (mm)16181618
Front leg room (mm)10771077
Front headroom (mm)950960
Front shoulder room (mm)14441444
Rear leg room (mm)757760
Rear headroom (mm)897908
Rear shoulder room (mm)10801079
Turning Radius; Minimum / Wall to wall11.611.6
Kerb weight (kg) [manual / automatic]1769 / 17951890 / 1920
Max. allowable weight (Gross Vehicle Weight) (kg)22002300
Payload (kgs) [manual / automatic]431 / 405410 / 380
Max. axle load front/rear (kg)51.6 / 48.450.7 / 49.3
Cargo Volume (l) [ISO, not EPA]384328 / 287
>above the load floor (top up)364308
>above the load floor (top down)n/a267
>below the load floor2020
Fuel tank capacity (L)71.971.9