The C8 Corvette Stingray is proving to be extremely popular. In December, the automaker said it had already received about 37,000 pre-orders for the car online, and that was just from customers in the United States and Canada. The new mid-engine sports car will also be sold in other markets like the Middle East and Australia, with Chevy set to receive even more interest once the order books open up in those markets.
Chevrolet recently began accepting orders for the C8 Corvette Stingray in Japan. According to Yahoo Japan, response to the car has been very strong locally, with the brand receiving a whopping 300 orders for the new mid-engine sports car in just 60 hours. A GM Japan spokesperson told Yahoo it had gotten orders for the Corvette from people in different age groups and in different parts of the country.
“The age group varies from the 20s to the 70s. The locality is not particularly characteristic of Corvette and there are many urban areas like Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka like other Chevrolet cars,” the spokesperson said.
Deliveries of the right-hand-drive C8 Corvette will not begin until next year, with the first Japanese models to be delivered in the spring of 2021. Chevy won’t begin taking orders for the car in Australia, another right-hand-drive market, until later this year. Australian deliveries will also commence in 2021.
The C8 Corvette starts at just over 10 million yen in Japan, which is equivalent to about $91,000 at current exchange rates. The mid-range 2LT trim starts at 11.18 million yen ($101,845), while the range-topping 3LT is 14 million yen ($127,534). The base price for the 2020 Corvette Stingray in the United States is $59,995.
In Japan, the C8 Corvette will feature the same 6.2-liter LT2 V8 engine as the North American-spec version, which is good for 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque with the optional performance exhaust system. The car will also utilize the same dual-clutch eight-speed transmission.
Sales of the 2020 Corvette in the Middle East are expected to begin this year. Customers in the market will not have to wait until 2021 like those in Japan and Australia, as they will receive left-hand-drive cars. The LHD C8 Corvette started rolling off the line at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly plant this week.
Source: Yahoo Japan