The mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette will reportedly land in Australia in 2021 equipped with the Z51 package and without any Chevrolet branding or marketing behind it.
At the global reveal of the new ‘Vette back in July, Chevrolet announced that it will be produced in right-hand drive guise and sold in market where previous-generation models haven’t been. It has since been reported by Car Sales that Aussie buyers won’t get the base-level Corvette Stingray, with the range starting with the Z51-equipped model that carries a $5,000 premium over the base Stingray in the U.S.
In addition to the Corvette range starting with the Z51 model, those initially sold in Australia will also be equipped with the range-topping 3LT package that includes GT2 seats trimmed in Nappa leather, a head-up display, 14-speaker Bose audio system, heated and cooled seats, a heated steering wheel, and suede microfiber across the dashboard, instrument panel, and door inserts.
It is understood that the first C8s will land Down Under just before Christmas next year for final homologation and marketing purposes, and local deliveries will kick off in early 2021.
As Australia doesn’t have any Chevrolet dealerships, the C8 Corvette will be sold and serviced through select Holden and HSV dealers across the country who’ve received specific in-depth training and have specific tools for the sports car.
Carscoops reached out to Holden asking for more information regarding the Australian-bound Corvette and were told the company doesn’t discuss future products.
Prices remain under wraps, but it is reported that the sports car could start at over AU$150,000, which equals US$102,537 at current exchange rates and represents a healthy premium over the sub-60k US sticker price.