Fancy a 2022 Chevrolet Corvette? Sorry, it’s sold out.
GM Specialty Vehicles has confirmed 228 vehicles are coming in the initial allocation and they all have names against them.
Each of GMSV’s 57 dealerships in Australia are receiving four C8 Corvettes.
The first C8 Corvettes should arrive in Australia by the end of December 2021.
“This is just the first allocation, there will be more to come but yet to be advised with regards to how many are yet to come,” said a GMSV spokesperson, adding the Corvette has proven to be an “incredibly popular addition” to GMSV’s portfolio.
They’re coming directly from Chevrolet’s Bowling Green, Kentucky plant where they’re assembled in right-hand drive alongside left-hand drive models.
That’s in contrast with GMSV’s other offering at present, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, which is converted to right-hand drive locally.
The Chevrolet Camaro, which is no longer on sale, was also a local conversion.
The C8 is the first generation of Corvette to be available with factory right-hand drive.
When it arrives, the C8 Corvette will be priced from $144,990 before on-roads for the base 2LT coupe.
It’ll be available in 2LT and 3LT trims across coupe and convertible body styles, with a flagship Carbon Edition coupe priced at $189,990 before on-roads.
Power comes from a naturally-aspirated 6.2-litre V8 engine tucked behind the cabin with 364kW of power and 630Nm of torque.
It’s sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The 0-100km/h sprint takes 2.9 seconds, just 0.2 seconds behind the $473,900 Porsche 911 Turbo S.
Standard equipment in Australia will include the Z51 Performance Pack, along with a head-up display and a 14-speaker Bose sound system.
The Z51 Performance Pack brings a dual-mode exhaust, adaptive Magnetic Ride Control suspension, larger Brembo brakes, an electronic limited-slip differential, a front splitter and rear spoiler, and more cooling for the engine.
With each generation of Corvette, Chevrolet typically rolls out a cavalcade of more powerful Corvette variants.
Chevrolet has already teased the 2023 Z06, which will reportedly pack a 5.5-litre flat-plane V8 engine. The Z06 name has already been trademarked by GMSV in Australia.