2009 Chevrolet Camaro Fleet Caught in Australia

So, we finally decided we wanted to look at those shots of the 2009 Chevrolet Camaro testing in Australia we showed you earlier from Edmunds InsideLine at a little higher resolution than what the Inside-Liners are able to offer. So we contacted the good folks who work with "Handy" Hans & Christa Lehmann to determine the pricing of their shots and decided it was well worth it to buy a couple for our loyal readers. What we've determined is that the photographer didn't just catch a single Camaro — but rather an entire fleet of Camaro production cars. As we're sure Admiral Ackbar would say — if he'd been Aussie, of course — "Mate! It's a trap!" Get out of there Lehmanns, save yourselves! Full spy report before they're captured by the evil Empire after the jump.

By now we have all seen the Chevy Camaro concept car at major auto shows. Some lucky magazine editors have even driven early prototypes. But now these spy photos, taken by an amateur photographer, capture a group of the latest Chevy Camaro test cars undergoing testing recently outside Melbourne, Australia.

It might at first seem odd to find the Camaro being tested in Australia, but that is because GM's Australian arm, Holden, is leading the development work on the Camaro. The new Camaro is based on GM's global rear-drive architecture, which also underpin's Holden's VE Commodore range of cars.

The car is getting very close to production-ready and is due on-sale in the States sometime in 2008 as a 2009 model. A convertible version is expected to follow about a year later.

Note also the pair of Mustangs that are traveling with them for benchmarking purposes.

Credit line: Christa Lehmann / Hidden Image