According to a story this week on motoring.com.au, the arrival of the new mid-engine Corvette won’t happen in Australia until late 2020, which means it’ll be a 2021 model. The cars are actually expected to arrive in Australia before Christmas 2020 and then undergo final homologation and marketing activities so that sales can begin in early 2021.
GM reportedly hasn’t set the price for the car, but motoring.com.au says its GM source believes it will be more than $150,000.
That’s not quite as bad as it initially sounds, though, because unlike the base 1LT version being offered in the United States as a 2020 model for $59,995 before options, the Australian version at first will be offered only in the top-of-the-line 3LT, Z51 form. In the U.S., a 2020 model so equipped would start at about half the Australian price or $76,945.
Motoring’s source says the car will be marketed in Australia as a Corvette (instead of Chevrolet or Holden) and after the initial hoopla dies down, GM is expected to broaden the appeal with the cheaper 1LT model, as well as possibly convertible, Z06, and ZR1 versions.
Motoring says only select Holden and HSV dealers will sell and service the C8 because of the “more in-depth training and specific tools required to maintain the high-performance mid-engine supercar.” They also say GM wants the C8 to take an active role in motorsports globally and it’s likely it would begin as a pace car in Australia before possibly participating in the Australian GT Championship.
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