More news on the C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. During its unveiling, Chevy announced that the new mid-engined sports car will be available in right-hand drive format for the first time, allowing it to be introduced in markets such as the UK, Japan, and Australia.
Well, it appears that Holden’s chairman and managing director, Dave Buttner, declared: “The news that Corvette will now be built in right-hand-drive for the first time ever – and will be exported to Australia – is hugely exciting for our team at Holden and any Australian who loves high performance cars.”
General Motors has yet to confirm other RHD markets for the Corvette, though one can expect the UK and Japan to be among the earliest to receive it. To recap, the C8 gets a mid-mounted, naturally-aspirated LT2 6.2 litre V8 that produces 495 hp at 6,450 rpm and 637 Nm of torque at 5,150 rpm, making it the most powerful base Corvette ever.
It’s also the fastest, going from zero to 60 mph (97 km/h) in under three seconds when fitted with the Z51 Performance Package. Unfortunately, the previous seven-speed manual will no longer be offered, replaced instead by an eight-speed dual clutch transmission developed by Tremec.
Features comprise of LED headlights with daytime running lights, huge mixed wheels (19-inch up front, 20-inch behind) shod with Michelin Pilot Sport all-season rubbers, LED tail lights, customisable 12-inch digital instrument display and a squared-off two-spoke steering wheel.
Items that are fitted as standard include eBoost electro-hydraulic brake booster and a nose lift system, electronic limited-slip differential, version 4.0 of the optional Magnetic Ride Control dampers. Those wanting more can opt for the Z51 package which adds on a number of performance-enhancing features, such as the two-piece rear spoiler that produces up to 180 kg of downforce.
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