Chevrolet Corvette gets the official right-hand drive version for the first time

Staff Writer

The Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray is the first Corvette in the 67-year history of the model to be officially sold as a right-hand drive. The right-hand drive (RHD) C8 Corvette Stingray made its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​and will go on sale in some European markets later this year. The C8 Corvette Stingray shown is a variant of the British specification, which is an additional upgrade over the basic American specification Stingray.

  • RHD Chevrolet C8 Corvettes will adopt LT2 specification as standard configuration in some markets
  • All models come standard with Z51 performance package
  • Powered by a mid-mounted 502hp V8

British standard Chevrolet C8 Corvette: What are its benefits?

The C8 will initially be decorated with the Launch Edition, with 16 different options evenly distributed between the coupe and convertible versions. All models sold here will come standard with the Z51 performance package and a highly specified 2LT interior.

This means that all European cars will receive many hardware upgrades over the basic specifications of American cars, including manually adjustable suspension, larger brake discs, electronic limited-slip differentials, shorter axle ratios, performance exhaust systems, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires and aerodynamically enhanced body kit.

Other standard equipment installed include a head-up display, data logger, satellite navigation, 14-speaker Bose sound system, rear camera “mirror” and heated and ventilated seats.

The Launch Edition car will also use higher 3LT trim, and include additional carbon fiber styling elements on the spoiler, rearview mirror, wheels and roof, as well as upgraded seats. They will also benefit from the magnetic ride control system and custom design details that differentiate them from the standard model. The front suspension lift has increased the car’s clearance by 50 mm and will be available as an option.

Chevrolet C8 Corvette: A brief overview

Announced in 2019, The new C8 Corvette uses a mid-engine layout-this is Corvette’s first-designed to compete with European competitors such as Porsche and Ferrari. The 502-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 engine in the new C8 is installed behind the driver, making Stingray’s claimed 0-96kph time of less than 3.0 seconds, making it the fastest basic-level Corvette to date.

After switching to a mid-engine layout, the length of the new model has increased by 137 mm to 4,630 mm, and the wheelbase has been extended to 2,723 mm. It is 1,933 mm wider and 56 mm wider than the previous C7 model, although it is slightly lower at 1,234 mm. The new Corvette weighs 1,527 kg, which is 166 kg heavier than before.

While retaining some familiar design clues, the new Corvette has a more “global” appearance due to the new layout, echoing the two recent McLaren and Ferrari machines. Chevrolet claims a more “driver-centric” interior design, and a shorter hood brings higher visibility.

The Corvette C8 will also be the first Corvette to abandon the manual transmission since the early days of the sports car, and instead adopt a new 8-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters.

Like recent Corvette generations, the C8 was assembled in Bowling Green, Kentucky, but Chevrolet is seeking to increase the model’s global influence, just like rival Ford did with the latest generation of Mustangs.

The upgraded version may retain familiar names, such as Z06 and ZR1, and will follow up in the next few years.

Chevrolet in India

Chevrolet Unplugged its sales business In India as early as 2017, the automaker seeks to exit completely in December 2020, when Shut down production at its Talegaon plant It continues to produce cars for export.The facility will be taken over by a Chinese company Great Wall Motors, Although these plans have been shelved after geopolitical tensions between India and China.

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