First Right Hand Drive C8 Corvette is Registered for the Road in New Zealand


First Right Hand Drive C8 Corvette is Registered for the Road in New Zealand

Photo Credit: GMSV

It’s official – the first factory-built right-hand-drive C8 Corvette is registered in New Zealand and rolling on the roads there.

That’s the word in a news release today from Matthew Taylor, general manager of General Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV), New Zealand.

“After so much build-up and anticipation,” Taylor said, “it’s incredibly exciting to see the C8 in the flesh – it’s even more breath-taking than I could have ever imagined.”

He’s referring to the Accelerate Yellow 3LT coupe that actually arrived in New Zealand back in mid-August and will be used by GM for local validation and display and demonstration purposes.

The Bowling Green factory has started production of customer cars in similar right-hand-drive, with shipment of those vehicles expected to begin later this quarter

All of the first-allocation C8 Corvettes in New Zealand will feature the Z51 Performance Package, Front Lift, and Magnetic Selective Ride Control, along with the 6.2-liter 495 horsepower V8 engine located behind the passengers for the first time.

“These features provide for even more agility and performance capability from what is already an incredibly outstanding sports car,” Taylor said.

Residents in New Zealand can expect to see the C8 showcased at events and activations, according to Taylor, but current COVID-19 restrictions mean “we’re hamstrung and unable to commit to a schedule.”

“We know there is huge interest in this vehicle,” Taylor said, “and have every intention of getting it out and about. Believe me, it is well worth the wait.”

Prices for the C8 in New Zealand (excluding RRP) are 2LT coupe – $154,990; 2LT convertible – $169,990; 3LT coupe – $169,990; 3LT convertible – $184,990; and Carbon Edition (coupe only) $197,990.

The new Corvettes are being sold through the GMSV dealer network and have a full manufacturer warranty, as well as servicing and aftersales support.

General Motors Specialty Vehicles

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  1. Meanwhile many people still haven’t gotten the C8 they ordered a year and a half later! I have no problem with Australia or New Zealand getting C8’s, but the American market and consumers come first.


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