Thanks To TopGear (Hammond will be happy though ) Chevy has announced the UK will officially be getting the new Camaro in left-hand drive form from May next year, tin-top first with the convertible in 2012. Good news if you're looking for something a bit different, especially as we'll only be getting 100 cars a year and all in top-end ‘SS' format. Which means that for roughly the price of a new Nissan 370Z (a smidge under £30k), the UK Camaro buyer will get, as standard, the full-fat 426bhp 6.2-litre V8 with its breathed-on suspension. Reasonable money for a car that hits 62mph in just over five seconds and manages a limited top speed of 155mph. But American V8s can give so much more. Which is where Hennessey Performance steps in. From its UK base at the Silverstone Circuit - where the company is currently producing the Venom GT supercar - Hennessey is already offering upgrades for the Camaro that shade from the sublime to the ridiculous. Anything from a 75bhp pep-up to a street-legal 1,000bhp. This HPE600 is probably the best place to start, the company's 602hp, 595lb ft supercharged conversion that should see off anything that Europe can throw at it - in a straight line at least - mainly because it makes the Camaro properly quick without losing a jot of driveability. Grunt is seamless and thick with V8 noise, every lift accompanied by the machine-gun backfire of unburned fuel in the exhaust. The steering is much better than you expect, ditto the body control, and the car feels exuberant and a bit silly in the right way. Which means that for around the £50k mark you've got something genuinely interesting and which feels like an authentic modern American muscle car experience. It's not really a rival to a BMW M3 or Merc C63 in terms of precision, but there's something very gratifying in an engine that trawls V8-plus-supercharger torque so completely; third gear is pretty much all you need from the short-shifted six-speed manual. And the noise alone is worth 100bhp of anyone's money. The basic kit includes a supercharger, cold-air induction, new engine management and performance manifolds, and dyno set-up. You can throw lots of money after that too, with full exhaust systems, lightweight wheels, suspension, clutch upgrades and body styling, but if you go too crazy it gets expensive; an HPE600 will cost you $30k plus VAT on top of the cost of the car itself. Let's face it; you're buying a character car rather than a performance tool. And as fantasy cars go, the HPE600 is disturbingly real-world.