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This Is The Only Country Where Chevy Detunes The Camaro

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Unlike previous generation Camaros, Chevrolet is exporting the current sixth-generation to various markets throughout the world. Ford is doing the same with its Mustang. Detroit’s muscle car war is now being exported. Unfortunately, some markets, such as the EU, will soon no longer sell V8-powered Camaros due to upcoming new fuel emissions regulations. The 6.2-liter small-block LT1 V8 is the culprit. Another non-EU country that also sells the Camaro is Russia, but as we recently reported it’s sold only with the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four. No V8 option in Mother Russia. And, as it turns out, the turbo four-pot isn’t so great either.

GM Authority has learned that instead of the 275 hp the turbo four typically produces, it’s been detuned in Russia to a measly 237 hp. How come? Taxes.

You see, Russia taxes vehicles by output and their associated emissions. Vehicles with over 250 hp are subject to a higher tax bracket. In order to maintain the Camaro’s affordability factor, GM had no choice but to detune it. Fortunately, the turbo four’s torque output remains steady at 295 lb-ft. Russian Camaro owners will be able to make the 0-62 mph sprint in 5.9 seconds, 0.4 seconds slower than its American equivalent.

To help make up for the power downgrade, Chevy offers the Russian-spec Camaro with some unique features, such as the fascia of the Camaro SS and some unique trim packages. The most recent of which was the Black Edition. Even with that detuned turbo four, it still costs 3,315,000 rubbles, which is about $51,980 at current exchange rates.

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Despite the high price, the Camaro is hot in Russia these days with sales increasing by 35 percent in the first five months of this year. However, that increase is only an additional 70 units compared to the 52 units sold during the same time in 2018.