An upgraded version of Bumblebee has touched down in Europe. The latest edition of the Chevrolet Camaro, which we’ve already seen doing the rounds in its homeland of America, has been spotted in Germany ahead of its official European unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
This edition, according to Chevrolet, represents the most significant redesign of the Camaro since the introduction of the fifth-generation model in 2006. The latest model rocks improved aerodynamics. Specifically, it has a wider, lower front grille and a narrower upper grille, plus functional bonnet vents that improve cooling and work with the rear spoiler to help reduce lift at speed.
Power comes from Chevy’s familiar 6.2-litre V8, whick kicks out 432hp and 569Nm of torque via a six-speed manual. That’s good for a 0-62mph time of 5.2 seconds for the manual coupe and 5.4 seconds for the manual convertible.
An auto box is available, though that only produces 405hp, so we’d avoid it like the plague unless you’re some kind of sadist or you’re missing your left leg. Those demographics will, however, enjoy active fuel management and cam phasing (VVT) for improved fuel economy, though exact figures are still to be revealed.
Inside, the 2013 Camaro is fitted with a new colour head-up display, plus Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system. This offers USB, Bluetooth, voice recognition and can read your text messages aloud using text-to-speech technology. Unlike many systems of this type, its functionality can also be upgraded with new apps (such as a sat-nav and internet radio) via smartphone.
The new Camaro will arrive at select Chevrolet dealerships across Europe towards the end of 2013 with prices starting from £35,320 for the coupe and £40,320 for the convertible in the UK.