• Order books open for Chevrolet Camaro muscle car
• Powered by an all-American 6.2-litre V8
• Left-hand drive only

Prices and specifications have been announced for the forthcoming Chevrolet Camaro.

This modern iteration of the iconic Chevrolet muscle car will be available from £34,995 for the coupe and £39,995 for the soft-top convertible.

In addition, a special edition 45th Anniversary model will also be available. Finished in Carbon Flash Black paint with red and silver go-faster stripes, it wears 20-inch alloy wheels in dark silver and features a unique anniversary leather interior with red, white and blue stitching, and a white backed instrument panel.

Keeping to muscle car tradition, the Camaro is powered by an oversized General Motors 6.2-litre V8 engine, which develops 426bhp when combined with the standard fit six-speed manual gearbox. A six-speed automatic is also available as a £1,500 option, which limits engine power to 399bhp.

The engine is enough to get the Camaro from 0-60mph in 5.2 seconds (5.6 for the auto) and on to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph – enough for it to go toe to toe with revered European sports coupes such as the Audi RS5 and BMW M3, both of which have significantly larger price tags.

Order books for the new Camaro are now open, with the first customer cars being delivered in late spring.

By Daljinder Nagra