After receiving its first orders in the country earlier this year, General Motors just officially announced the all-new Chevrolet Corvette C8 in Japan. The company has finalized the local specifications and pricing of its new-generation high-performance sports car for Japan, where it will be available in the first half of 2021 with several distinctions for the Japanese market.
In addition to being the first mid-engined Corvette in the iconic nameplate’s history, the all-new Chevrolet Corvette C8 is also the first to be built in right-hand-drive configuration straight from the Bowling Green assembly plant in Kentucky. This variant, of which deliveries will begin next year, increases the international potential of the Corvette and allows for adequate marketing in important markets such as the UK, Australia and Japan.
As such, the initial lineup of the eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette will consist of three variants in the Japanese market. The offering includes the 2LT and 3LT versions for the coupe, as well as a single trim for the convertible that will serve as the range-topping model. Notably, this is also the first hardtop convertible in Corvette history.
All Japanese versions of the Corvette C8 feature the same 6.2L LT2 V8 engine found in North American-spec models, which is good for 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque with the optional performance exhaust system. The car will also use the same eight-speed dual-clutch transmission available in all other markets.
In addition, GM confirmed that the new Corvette will be equipped as standard with the “Cloud Streaming Navi” navigation system developed exclusively for the Asian country. This local software allows autonomous navigation even in environments where GPS positioning is not possible, such as tunnels, and always transmits the most recent maps instead of requiring owners to manually update them.
The arrival of the all-new Chevrolet Corvette C8 in Japanese dealerships is scheduled for May 2021, when deliveries will begin to the hundreds of customers who have already reserved their unit. The three available variants include a high level of features and multiple customization options, along with six body colors and up to four different combinations for the interior. These are the suggested prices:
- Corvette Coupe 2LT: 11,800,000 JPY (about $111,499 USD at the current exchange rate)
- Corvette Coupe 3LT: 14,000,000 JPY ($132,289 USD)
- Corvette Convertible: 15,500,000 JPY ($146,459 USD)