Scheduled to arrive at dealerships this month, the Black Edition and Shock Edition are available in limited numbers in Russia. Shockingly enough (pun intended), both are powered by the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with 37 horsepower less than the U.S. model.
Torque, on the other hand, is similar at 295 pound-feet (400 Nm). Are you ready to find out how much the Shock Edition costs? Make that 3,415,000 rubles for either of the special editions, translating to $53,560 excluding tax. Given this price point, Chevrolet decided to limit production to 30 units.
The Black Edition is a bit more affordable at 3,315,000 rubles or $51,995, but only 20 will ever be offered in Russia. As the name implies, the visual appeal of this Camaro is elevated by the black paintwork, 20-inch black wheels, model-exclusive badging, black leather upholstery, and red garnish.
As for the Shock Edition, black decorative stripes complement the neon paintwork, which appears to be a combination of yellow and green. Also fitted with black wheels and black leather upholstery, the Shock looks like it’s trying too much to draw attention.
Both Camaro models are equipped as standard with the eight-speed automatic transmission, complete with paddle shifters on the steering wheel to bring the point home. The thing is, what point? Zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) comes in 5.9 seconds, and that’s slower than the American version.
With all due respect to Chevrolet, Russian customers in the market for a Camaro would rather import one from the United States with the LT1 or LT4 small-block V8 engine. A 10-speed automatic or good ol’ manual are also available stateside, and hearsay suggests that General Motors pulled the plug on the Z/28 program. Some people believe the Camaro Gen 7 has been canceled as well, claiming that an electric sports car will be the successor of the pony car.
Former chief engineer Al Oppenheiser headed from the Camaro to the electric-car development program, and this change in personnel only adds fuel to the fire. Oppenheiser became the big man of Team Camaro in 2007, leading the development of the fifth and sixth generations.