Chevy fans in Australia and New Zealand can now place an order for the 2022 Corvette Stingray.
The C8 Corvette was originally set to launch in the Australian and New Zealand markets for the 2021 model year, however production setbacks brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, along with high demand for the C8 Corvette in North America, pushed the launch date back to now. With this change, all right-hand-drive C8 Corvette models destined for Australia and New Zealand will be 2022 model-year vehicles.
The 2022 Corvette will be sold under the General Motors Special Vehicles banner in Australia and New Zealand, which was launched locally following the demise of the Holden brand in the region. It will be available in the mid-range 2LT and range-topping 3LT trim levels in the region, with the Z51 Performance Package and Front Lift feature standard across the board. The 2LT will be priced from $144,990 AUD and $154,990 NZD. The 3LT trim, meanwhile will start at $160,500 AUD and $169,990 NZD.
The 2022 Corvette Convertible will also be available in the region, with the drop-top model carrying a $15,000 price premium over its hardtop equivalent. Like the hardtop, the convertible will be available in either the 2LT or 3LT trim levels only.
Finally, both markets will get the 2022 Corvette Carbon Edition, which is priced from $189,990. The Carbon Edition will come equipped with carbon fiber interior trim, Trident alloy wheels with Spectra Grey accents, color-coded brake calipers, a carbon fiber roof panel and a unique ‘Carbon Edition’ interior plaque. In right-hand-drive markets, the carbon fiber trim and Trident wheels will be exclusive to the Carbon Edition for the 2022 model year.
All right-hand-drive 2022 Corvette models will feature the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels by way of an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and an electronic limited-slip differential.
All right-hand-drive C8 Corvette models will be built at the Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky, which has been the exclusive home of the Corvette since 1981.