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Russia's New Chevrolet Camaro Special Edition Lacks Serious Muscle

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Welcome to Russia. Dah.

If you want to buy a new muscle car, it’s best not to go to Russia. There’s one very good reason, at least in the case of the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro: no V8 option. We reported on this all-important factoid back in January and nothing has since changed, even when it comes to special editions. Case in point: the 2019 Camaro Black Edition. Despite its sinister appearance featuring an all-black body with red decals on the front fenders and large 20-inch black wheels, the only available engine is the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four with 275 hp. The sole transmission is an eight-speed automatic.

It’s not that this is a bad engine but it’s certainly no match for the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 with 455 hp in the Camaro SS.

In any case, this Russian market-only Camaro does feature the front fascia of the refreshed 2019 Camaro SS; appearances can be deceiving. For all other global markets, the Camaro SS’s front fascia is not offered on the turbo four. Russian buyers can expect a 0 to 60 mph time of 5.9 seconds, without question faster than any Soviet-era Trabant. The Camaro lineup received a general update for model year 2019 and this one is no exception.

A few of those improvements include an updated Chevrolet Infotainment System 3 with an upgraded interface, LED headlights with LED accent lights and, of course, the controversial front end. Remember, there was a huge backlash against this design in the US and Chevrolet quickly ordered its designers to fix this for 2020.

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As for Russian buyers, only 20 examples are said to be offered, each priced at a staggering 3,315,000 rubbles, or around $51,980 at the latest conversion rates. Not exactly cheap where here in America a new V8-powered Camaro will set you back by around $38,000. As far as we know, there are no plans to import V8-powered Camaros to Russia anytime soon, if ever.

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