The first factory right-hand drive Chevrolet Corvette is quickly closing in on Australian shores.

    The right-hand drive Corvette made its Japanese debut over the weekend at the Fuji Speedway, ahead of its arrival in the UK and Australia.

    The all-American sports car racked up 300 sales in just three days when order books first opened in Japan.

    Australia is set to see the Corvette land on its shores by the third quarter of 2021.

    When it arrives, the C8 Corvette will be priced from $144,990 before on-roads for the 2LT specification.

    For the top spec 3LT, with which you gain a full nappa leather interior and larger infotainment screen, you’re looking at $160,500 before on-road costs.

    Both versions will utilise a mid-mounted, 6.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8 engine which will produce 364kW of power and 630Nm of torque.

    The Corvette rear-wheel drive and sends its power to the road via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

    The 0-100km/h sprint takes just 2.9 seconds according to Chevrolet, putting it only 0.2 seconds behind a Porsche 911 Turbo S.

    If you love the wind in your hair, a convertible version will be available for a $15,000 premium.

    Australian cars will come standard with the Z51 Performance Pack, nose lift, heads-up display and 14-speaker Bose sound system.

    The Z51 Performance Pack contains a dual-mode exhaust, adaptive suspension, larger Brembo brakes, an electronic limited slip differential, a front splitter and rear spoiler and more engine cooling.

    Right hand versions of the Corvette will be built in Bowling Green, Kentucky, rather than converted by a team here in Australia.

    Now Holden has disbanded, the Corvette will be sold through the General Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) dealer network.

    Over 50 dealerships have been appointed in Australia and will primarily sell Chevrolet pick-up trucks such as the Silverado.

    Original deposits for the Corvette that were placed with Holden were refunded late in 2020 as GMSV formally took the reins.

    Interested customers can order through the GMSV network.

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    Zak Adkins
    Zak Adkins is a Contributor at CarExpert.
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