It’s official – a right-hand-drive version of the new mid-engine Corvette will be available in Europe starting in the second half of 2021.
But our friends overseas won’t be able to get the base version of the Corvette, which is being offered for the first time in RHD from the factory.
The website autocar.co.uk reports that it was told by Chevrolet that all European models will include the Z51 performance package and 2LT trim as standard, starting from £81,700 ($102,901.15) for the coupe and £87,110 ($109,680.20) for the convertible. No word on the cost of options.
The 2LT, of course, includes head-up display, performance data recorder, 14-speaker Bose sound system, rear camera mirror, and heated and ventilated seats.
Autocar says the first Stingrays to arrive in Europe will be limited-edition Launch Edition cars, said to include magnetic ride control and “bespoke design details” to set them apart from the standard models.
The first mid-engine Corvettes are expected to arrive in European dealerships in the second half of 2021.
Here is the official press release from Chevrolet Europe:
NEW CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY – EUROPEAN MODELS GET IMPRESSIVE EQUIPMENT LEVELS
- Coupe and Convertible hit showrooms at same time
- Available with left- or right-hand drive for the first time in Corvette’s history
- Superbly equipped launch edition offered at market introduction
- Launch edition prices start in the UK at 81,700 pounds for the coupe
ZURICH – Supercar-level build quality, premium materials, new standards of performance and technology and exceptional attention to detail – these are the qualities that set the eighth-generation Corvette apart. It is the first ever mid-engined production version in this American sports car icon’s 67-year-old history and, to mark its European debut, Chevrolet is launching the new Corvette Stingray as a lavishly equipped launch edition.
Z51 Performance Package and 2LT trim as standard
European sportscar customers are very discerning when it comes to driving dynamics and equipment levels of their car. And Corvette buyers are certainly no exception. Unlike in the US, every new Corvette Stingray model sold in Europe will thus come with the Z51 Performance Package as standard. This package includes manually adjustable threaded spring seats for the suspension, Brembo® brakes with larger rotors and front air inlets for cooling, an electronic limited slip differential, a shorter axle ratio, a performance exhaust system, an aerodynamics package for reduced lift and improved stability and Michelin® Pilot® Sport 4S tires.
What’s more, European Corvettes come as standard in 2LT trim, which offers the following additional features over the entry-level US model: Performance Data Recorder, Head-Up Display, navigation system, 14-speaker Bose sound system, Rear Camera Mirror and heated and ventilated seats.
Generous equipment levels at launch
The launch launch edition is even more impressively equipped. Available exclusively in 3LT trim, the highest Corvette trim level available, these models are distinguished by a number of exterior details that further emphasize the new-generation Corvette’s dynamic design. Also included as standard on these models is the sophisticated Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 suspension system.
At the heart of the new Corvette Stingray is Chevrolet’s latest-generation 6.2l LT2 Small Block V-8, the only naturally aspirated V8 in its class. Allied to the Z51 package’s performance exhaust system and a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, it delivers an SAE-rated 495 horsepower (369 kW) and 637 Nm (470 lb-ft) of peak torque, making the new mid-engined Corvette the most powerful Stingray of all time.
List prices for the generously equipped launch edition models start in the UK at 81,700 pounds for the coupe and at 87,110 pounds for the convertible. The new Corvette Stingray will be at European dealers from the second half of 2021.
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