Officials at WhichCar claimed today to have seen dealer documentation with “drive-away pricing” for the new mid-engine Corvette set at $187,990 for the 2LT coupe, $203,990 for the 2LT convertible, $204,990 for the 3LT coupe, and $220,490 for the 3LT convertible.
Those recommended retail prices are substantially higher than the figures announced by General Motors Specialty Vehicles back in March, when prices were announced of $144,990 for the 2LT coupe, $160,500 for the 3LT coupe, and an additional $15,000 for convertible versions of each trim level. (Prices are expected to be released in the second quarter of 2021 for a special Carbon Edition coupe that will serve as the flagship Australian model with hand-picked interior trims, premium wheels, and brake caliper package, an exclusive build plate, and owner’s pack.
If these numbers are correct, that means “on-road and dealer delivery” costs for the 2LT coupe will be $43,000 and $44,490 for the 3LT coupe. The “drive-away pricing” also factors Australia’s LCT or Luxury Car Tax. In the case of the $145K 2LT Coupe, that adds over $23,000 in LCT. And then there are specific Stamp Fees based on the state and territory.
A disclaimer states that “this is base pricing standard with the Z51 performance package and front lift but does not include premium paint or other options and is subject to change to the MY23 model and beyond.”
While those numbers sound high, they’re still much cheaper than for Porsche’s base 992 911 Carrera with no options that is $236,000 and Audi’s R8 that has an MSRP of $295,000.
WhichCar says the first batch of Corvettes to hit Australian shores will be 2022 models, with “extremely limited” numbers of the first-ever right-hand drive Stingrays expected to be available. Options and a limited color palette are expected to be pre-determined by GM.
The dealer letter seen by WhichCar points out that the ordering process in MY23 will be “more bespoke with a whole host of options available for you to make your Corvette unique” and that exactly how many vehicles will be available in MY22 is being determined by GMSV, which is “hoping to meet the high demand that this vehicle is currently experiencing.”
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