Patience is a virtue, goes the old saying.
It certainly fits the situation for many enthusiasts waiting for their new mid-engine Corvette, including those in the United States and those overseas.
Well, the long wait is finally coming to an end for at least some of those foreign customers, in this case, the ones in the Middle East.
For enthusiasts in the M.E., the 2020 M.E. Stingray was unveiled regionally some 11 months ago at the 2019 Dubai International Motor Show in November.
Now, Chevy says the long-awaited eighth-generation Corvette – slowed like everything else by the worldwide pandemic – will finally go on sale in the Middle East in October -at first in coupe configuration only, with the hard-top convertible version arriving later at an unspecified date.
All three trim levels will be available to Middle East customers: 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT, but only four exterior paint colors – which were not specified by Chevy – will be offered, along with Full-Length Dual Racing Stripe and Carbon Flash Racing Stripe packages.
“The mid-engine design not only unlocks enhanced levels of performance, but also demanded a complete redesign of the entire vehicle,” Head of Brand for Chevrolet Middle East, Farah Amhaz, said in a statement. “The powerful all-new LT2 V8 engine takes center stage as an integral part of the design, a tribute to the fastest and most powerful Corvette Stingray ever created.”
Despite the limited color palette, Amhaz believes the market will enthusiastically greet the new Corvette. “We are sure our regional customers will love the 2020 Corvette Stingray ,” she said, “and we can’t wait to get them behind the wheel.”
Though the new Corvettes will be arriving very late in the model year in the Middle East, they will still be termed 2020 models there. Chevy did not say when the switchover to the 2021s will begin in the Middle East, though in the United States, production of the ‘21s is tentatively slated to begin in December.
Equipment and pricing for each Middle East country will be indicated on the Chevrolet Arabia website, according to the company.
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