Newly formed General Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) has announced the Australian pricing and specification for its highly anticipated C8 Chevrolet Corvette.
Built in right-hand drive from the factory for the first time and expected to arrive in Australia by Q4 of 2021, the mid-engine supercar slayer will be offered in five variants – three coupes and two convertibles.
Kicking off the line-up will be the 2LT coupe priced from $144,990 plus on-road costs. While this may still seem like a lot of dosh, the C8 Corvette seems like a bargain compared to its perceived rivals such as the Porsche 911 Carrera at $236,000, and Audi R8 at $295,000 – before options!
On top of that GMSV says all Australian delivered Corvettes will be well-optioned from the factory, which includes both the must have Z51 Performance Package and Front Lift as standard.
The Z51 package brings a raft of desirable performance enhancements such as a dual-mode performance exhaust, performance suspension with Magnetic Selective Ride Control, bigger Brembo brakes, an electronic limited slip differential, extra cooling and a specific rear axle ratio.
Aesthetically, it also adds a performance front splitter and rear spoiler.
The Front Lift means the C8 could navigate steep driveways and speed bumps without scraping its chin.
Next up the rank is the 3LT coupe which starts from $160,500 and comes with “enhanced interior appointments”. The hardtop range will be topped out by a special Carbon Edition to celebrate the Corvette arrival in Australia with pricing to be unveiled in Q2.
The two convertible variants will also come in either 2LT or 3LT trim and cost an extra $15,000 over its fixed roof siblings.
Regardless of which model you choose, the American performance car is outfitted with GM’s LT2 6.2-litre aspirated V8 packing 369kW and 637Nm. It is married to a Tremec-built eight-speed dual-clutch transmission driving the rear wheels.
GM claims the C8 Corvette is capable of sprinting from 0-60mph (98km/h) in a 911-beating 2.8 seconds.
Inside, highlights include a Bose Performance Series 14-speaker sound system and colour heads-up display.
The C8 Corvette will be sold via GMSV’s 50-plus dealers across Australia.
Chevrolet C8 Corvette pricing:
- 2LT Coupe – $144,990
- 3LT Coupe – $160,500
- 2LT Convertible – $159,990
- 3LT Convertible – $175,000
- Carbon Edition – $TBA