Last month, Chevrolet Philippines officially brought back the Camaro to the counrty to face off the Ford Mustang. However, it does not come with a V8 or V6 and instead has a turbocharged four-cylinder with 279 PS and 400 Nm of torque. With those kind of figures, it's main rival is the EcoBoost-powered 'Stang.
Across the Pacific however, Chevy has been busy giving the V8-powered Camaro SS a new look. No longer does it resemble its stablemates as it now comes with a slightly flashier front end. Say hello to the 2019 Camaro SS and its new mug.
While not immediately noticeable to the naked eye, Chevy actually incorporated some styling cues from the 'Shock' Camaro concept shown at last year's SEMA Show. Unlike the Camaro offered locally, the new Camaro SS offered stateside has a more aggressive look. It gets a thinner upper front grill, along with a repositioned 'SS' badge. Then there's the bigger lower front air intake, the new body-colored crossbar (previous model's was unpainted), and the wider corner air intakes which further add to the car's more macho looks.
“Customers spoke, and we listened. The overwhelmingly positive reaction to the Shock’s stylized design helped prompt its transition from concept to production,” said Steve Majoros, Director of Chevrolet passenger cars and crossover marketing.
Besides giving the SS a nip and tuck, Chevy also introduced a new V8 model dubbed 'LT1'. It gets the 455 PS, 6.2-liter V8 from the SS but is equipped with the styling elements and features of the 1LT trim package.
It can be specified with either a six-speed manual or a ten-speed automatic transmission, and comes with the following as standard: LT1 fender badges and black bow-tie emblems, SS-derived vented hood, 20-inch SS style alloy wheels, and an advanced touchscreen infotainment with Bose sound system.
With the Camaro getting some fresh upgrades in the US, hopefully this will allow Chevrolet Philippines to actually bring the V8-powered SS (or LT1) to the country. Because as much as the turbocharged 3LT RS looks and sounds good, there is nothing quite like a V8-powered American muscle.