This Country Couldn't Handle Chevrolet Camaro Greatness

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And now it's being discontinued.

Today's sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro has been on the market since 2016 and despite some updates, its future remains uncertain. Although nothing is official, GM is still reportedly having internal discussions about the muscle car's status. For example, should it go all-electric? Is it still even necessary, despite Ford's massive Mustang success? Every day we get closer to official answers. In the meantime, a certain overseas market has just learned the Camaro is being discontinued there.

According to GM Authority, the Camaro is being killed in Russia. "Currently we focus on premium crossovers and SUVs on the Russian market," said GM Russia communications' Anita Ratser.

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The Bow Tie brand's Russian market presence is now limited to just the Traverse and Tahoe. Although the Camaro was imported, the report also points out GM just sold its St. Petersburg Assembly Plant to Hyundai, thus indicating its intention to withdraw even more from the country. But are Russian Camaro fans really missing out here? Yes, they used to be able to buy a Camaro, but their version came with some annoying restrictions.

For starters, no V8 was available, only the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Here in America, that engine produces a respectable 275 horsepower.

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In Russia, however, it was detuned to just 237 hp due to tax reasons, though it still has the same 295 lb-ft of torque. This power loss also contributed to a slower 0-62 mph time of 5.9 seconds, compared to 5.5 seconds elsewhere. Also, no convertible body style was offered in Russia, though buyers did receive a market-exclusive edition featuring some exterior design elements from the SS, such as the front fascia, and the 2LT equipment level with the RT package.

Russian Camaro buyers were asked to pay at least 2,990,000 rubles, which is about $40,000 according to the latest exchange rates. Bear in mind the US market starting price for the turbo-four Camaro is just $26,500.

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Source Credits: GM Authority

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