The C8 Corvette’s new mid-engine platform and impressive performance give it the right stuff to take the fight to Europe’s best sports cars. Now, Chevrolet has announced that the new C8 is slated to arrive in the old country in the second half of 2021.
Both the C8 Corvette Coupe and Convertible models are set to arrive in showrooms simultaneously. Notably, the new Vette will be offered in both left-hand drive and right-hand drive, a first in the nameplate’s history.
European-spec C8 Corvette models come standard with both the Z51 Performance Package and 2LT trim level equipment. As a reminder, the Z51 Performance Package includes the following content:
- Performance exhaust system
- Upgraded Brembo brakes
- Manually adjustable threaded spring seats
- New aero pieces
- Electronic limited slip differential
- Shorter gearing
- Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires
Additionally, the 2LT trim includes the following content:
- Head-Up Display
- 14-speaker Bose stereo
- Performance Data Recorder
- Heated and ventilated seats
- Rear Camera Mirror
For C8 Corvette buyers looking for even more good stuff, Chevy is also offering a new launch edition model, which is loaded with the top-dog 3LT trim level equipment and Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 suspension, as well as “a number of exterior details that further emphasize the new-generation Corvette’s dynamic design,” according to the automaker.
In the U.K., pricing for the new C8 Corvette launch edition starts at 81,700 pounds ($102,873 at current exchange rates, 06/03/2020) for Coupe models, and 87,110 pounds ($109,685 at current exchange rates) for Convertible models.
Back on U.S. shores, production of the C8 Corvette at GM’s facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, resumed late last month following a shutdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Production of the 2020 Corvette Convertible is set to begin in July, while the following 2021 Chevrolet Corvette is set to begin production in November.