The new 2022 Corvette recently arrived in Brazil and has just appeared on the country’s sales charts for the first time in recent history. Although the South American subsidiary of General Motors has not homologated or offers the eighth-generation Corvette locally, Chevrolet‘s iconic sports car is unofficially sold in the Brazilian market through an import company.
During the month of January, the first five units sold of the 2022 model-year C8 Corvette in Brazil were registered, as part of an exclusive independent program executed by Direct Imports, an importer and distributor of new and pre-owned vehicles located in the city of São Paulo. As such, local marketing of the Corvette C8 is not supported or serviced by GM Brazil.
Direct Imports offers and markets the new 2022 Corvette in South America’s largest country through self-imported U.S. homologated units and in limited quantities. In fact, this company has been importing the Corvette C8 on a regular basis since the first quarter of 2020 at a rate of 20 units per year due to manufacturing limitations and its high price in the country.
“The Corvette C8 has been in high demand even in this bullish dollar scenario and we were able to make reservations to secure these units for the lucky top 20,” said Direct Imports CEO Daniel Valerio in a press release. “There are still units left to close our 2022 U.S. reserves,” he added.
Interested customers can order their 2022 Corvette through the importer’s website or directly at the company’s headquarters, with the Coupe body and the Z51 Performance Package as the only configuration offered.
The 2022 Corvette with the Z51 Performance Package offers a number of upgrades including a performance-tuned suspension, larger brakes, a shorter axle ratio, a performance exhaust, and better cooling for the powertrain. In this configuration, the 6.2L LT2 V8 engine offers a maximum output of 501 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque mated to the eight-speed automatic transmission.
The base price for the single configuration of the 2022 Corvette in Brazil is 1,400,000 BRL, a hefty $264,900 USD at current exchange rates. Those interested can choose from 12 different exterior colors and three interior packages, as well as customize their unit with optional accessories.