This post has been updated to reflect an update we received from Chevrolet regarding Japanese ordering of the C8 Corvette
When Chevrolet’s designers and engineers began laying out their goals for creating the C8 Corvette, they made sure that the new car would finally be available as a right-hand-drive model that would be offered for sale in markets that include the UK, Australia, and Japan.
According to Carscoops, the order books for Japanese customers opened on Friday in conjunction with the first showing a 2020 Corvette Stingray in the country. The mid-engined Stingray will be offered in 2LT and 3LT trim packages, and the cars will start at 11,800,000 yen (nearly $108,000) and 14,000,000 yen ($128,000).
The ordering news came out during the C8 Corvette’s official unveiling at the Toyko Auto Salon. Chevrolet is showing a LHD version of the the car so we’re assuming they haven’t built any to serve as a show car at this time. On display in Toyko is the 3LT Zues Bronze Stingray Coupe with a Natural Interior which you can see in this video:
Japan has always been an interesting market for the Corvette and despite only offering the LHD model in 2019, Chevrolet still exported 101 vehicles to the country. That compares to 92 in Mexico, 130 in the Middle East, and 738 were exported to Europe. So the potential for selling Corvettes on the island nation has always been there, the question is will the new design and RHD configuration boost sales dramatically over previous years? We’ll have to wait and see…
In December we had news that Holden, Chevrolet’s partner in Australia, was expected to begin its sales of RHD C8 Corvettes in early 2021. The company also teased a photo of the Stingray on Twitter when it arrived at its headquarters.
As for Japan’s Corvette sales, there is no clarification on if both Coupes and Convertibles will be offered or if the convertibles will come later. We reached out to Chevrolet PR regarding the pricing and delivery time frame and they clarified with the following statement:
The eighth generation Corvette Stingray made its debut in Japan at the Tokyo Auto Salon recently and we received great interest from potential customers as dealers began accepting pre-orders. The Corvette Stingray will not begin deliveries in Japan in July 2020, but it will arrive at a later date as a 2021 model. The pricing that was reported is simply estimated, and final prices will be announced closer to its delivery dates.