The 2021 Corvette Stingray will start at just under $150,000 AUD when it arrives in Australia next year.
General Motors Special Vehicles announced this week the 2021 Corvette Stingray will be priced from $149,990 AUD, equivalent to about $113,000 USD based on current exchange rates.
According to local Australian publication WhichCar, GMSV decided to slap the mid-engine Corvette with a steep sticker price due to high demand for the right-hand-drive version of the sports car in the country. The vehicle was previously set to arrive in Australia under the now-defunct Holden brand and would have been sold through its network of dealers. Holden management had decided on a cheaper base price of $129,990, WhichCar reports.
Parent company General Motors created GMSV following its decision to axe the Holden brand in Australia and New Zealand. GMSV will import specialized North American GM vehicles like the Corvette into the region and sell them through a large dealer network consisting over 50+ retail storefronts. It will also convert left-hand-drive vehicles like the Chevy Silverado 1500 to right-hand-drive before selling them locally.
The 2021 Corvette Stingray will not need to undergo a right-hand-drive conversion when it arrives in Australia, as the vehicle is being produced in right-hand-drive layout at the GM Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky. In addition to Australia, right-hand-drive examples of the C8 Corvette will also be shipped to Japan and the United Kingdom. The C8 Corvette is the first Corvette to be officially produced in both left- and right-hand-drive seating layouts.
In addition to Australia, Japan and the UK, the C8 Corvette is also offered in Saudi Arabia and will go on sale in Europe in the latter half of 2021.