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.
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.