The all-new C8 Corvette promises top-shelf performance specs that will satisfy fans the world over, with plans to export the new mid-engine Chevy to several international markets. That said, rumor has it the European-spec C8 might lose around 27 horsepower compared to U.S.-spec models.
In a recent post made to enthusiast website MidEngineCorvetteForum, user “Ace” claims that the Euro-spec C8 Corvette will be down on power. Citing confirmation from “multiple dealers,” Ace says that the reduced power numbers are the result of a Gasoline Particulate Filter installed to make the C8 Corvette compliant with European emissions regulations.
As such, the specs for the European C8 Corvette are down to 468 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque, with the 0-to-60 mph time up to 3.5 seconds. Compare those figures to the U.S.-spec numbers, which include 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the factory performance exhaust system, and a 0-to-60 mph time of 3.0 seconds.
For now, General Motors has yet to provide confirmation that the European-spec C8 Corvette will indeed be down on power compared to the U.S. model. Nevertheless, production of right-hand-drive C8 Corvette models (a first in the nameplate’s history) are already rolling off the line in Bowling Green for export to Japan, with plans to ship the model to other right-hand-drive markets, including Australia and the U.K., early next year. The first Euro-spec C8 models will arrive in Europe in the second half of 2021.
When it does finally arrive in the old country, the C8 will come standard with both the Z51 Performance Package and 2LT trim level. Additionally, Chevy will offer the C8 as a new launch edition model, which will include the top 3LT trim level, Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 suspension, and several new exterior details as well.