The eighth-generation Chevy Corvette introduces a wealth of firsts for the nameplate, including the first-ever production mid-mounted powertrain layout. What’s more, the new C8 is the first Corvette built in a right-hand drive configuration direct from the factory, giving overseas buyers in select export markets a shot at owning American’s sports car. Now, we’re watching as the new right-hand drive 2022 Corvette Stingray rolls through the production line with the following brief video.
Clocking in at less than 2 minutes in length, this video comes to us from GM Specialty Vehicles, General Motors’ new brand in Australia and New Zealand following the retirement of the Holden brand. Chevy Corvette fans in these two Oceania countries can purchase the new 2022 Corvette Stingray in right-hand drive from GMSV, but production continues to take place at GM Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky, the same plant that has served as the exclusive production facility for the Chevy Corvette nameplate since 1981.
In order to accommodate the new right-hand drive configuration, workers must adapt to a modified build process, with technicians on one side of the assembly line taking over responsibilities typically handled by their counterpart on the other side of the assembly line.
The video details some of the new challenges presented by building the 2022 Corvette Stingray in right-hand drive, as well as plenty of footage of the new mid-engine sports car in various stages of construction.
Australia and New Zealand aren’t the only right-hand drive markets set to receive the new 2022 Corvette Stingray – buyers in the U.K. and Japan also have a shot at C8 ownership, although supplies for export markets are very limited.
Nevertheless, those export market customers who do manage to snag one of the new 2022 Corvette Stingrays will get to enjoy the same naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 engine as the customers in the U.S., rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the factory performance exhaust system. Output hits the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
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