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Russian-Spec Chevrolet Camaros Are Missing American Greatness



The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro is currently going on sale in several markets outside of the US, among them South Korea and Russia. As is typically the case, each market will receive a somewhat tailored Camaro specifically for local tastes. Take Russia, for example.

GM Authority has learned that the Russian market 2019 Camaro will not be offered in anywhere near as many variants as it is in America. How so? For starters, it’ll be available only as a coupe with a single trim level featuring a few exterior design traits from the Camaro SS but with the equipment level of the 2LT with the RT package.

This packaging combo is not available in any other market aside from Russia and it’s unknown why GM specifically configured the pony car this way specifically. However, there is something else Russian Camaro buyers will very likely want but cannot have: all-American V8 power. Instead, the sole engine will be the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 275 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and paired with just one gearbox: the eight-speed automatic. No V8. No manual. Welcome to Russia. Dah.

There will be other attractive features reserved on this Russian Camaro, such as a sunroof, Brembo brakes, remote engine start, dual climate control, ventilated and heated front seats, heated steering wheel, 8-way driver’s adjustable seat, and memory for the driver’s seat and mirrors.

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The Chevrolet multimedia system also comes standard, featuring an eight-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A rear-view camera is also standard and there are 10 exterior color picks, optional rally stripes, three 20-inch wheel options, and five interior color choices. Pricing, however, is not exactly equivalent to the US.

A new 2019 Chevy Camaro will set Russian buyers back 2,990,000 rubles, or around $43,500 USD (starting price in America: $26.495). For us, that’s kind of a lot to pay for a muscle car lacking a V8.