- From https://www.holden.com.au/cars/corvette

Aussie Corvette C8 now on Holden's webpage

You can register your interest from today

When Corvette announced they'd be making a mid-engined C8 AND making right hand drive versions, I began to take stock of how I might make extra shekels in order to buy one. I started bargaining with myself, even reaching near insane thoughts such as: "... who needs TWO functional kidneys? I mean, one is just fine for day to day uses."

But now the Corvette C8 is on Australia Holden's webpage and you can register your interest on the link below.

Photo from https://www.holden.com.au/cars/corvette - not the colour I'd pick, but still striking

Photo from https://www.holden.com.au/cars/corvette - not the colour I'd pick, but still striking

My impressions...

I know the angular looks have polarised some, but I love them. For me, the sharp geometry gives it a purposeful stance that makes it attractive. Its design is more, say, angular Lotus Esprit than voluptuous Ferrari 328, but I believe this gives the C8 a muscular appearance.

Photo from https://www.holden.com.au/cars/corvette - Overnight bag up front, golf clubs in the rear. Perfect.

Photo from https://www.holden.com.au/cars/corvette - Overnight bag up front, golf clubs in the rear. Perfect.

But surely it depends on the price?

Aye, there's the rub, as Hamlet would say. In the US the Corvette's being marketed around $70-75,000 USD, depending on specification. I've found a useful conversion calculator to be double the US amount. This would price the Corvette C8 in Australia, given demand, to be between $150-180,000 AUD. That'd be my guess. Besides, even at that price it's a bargain. Think of it as a k-mart red light special Ferrari 458.

Photo from https://www.holden.com.au/cars/corvette -- a supercar gear set

Photo from https://www.holden.com.au/cars/corvette -- a supercar gear set

What's the stats?

Depending on the options we can have, one might get a 364kW 6.2-litre V8 using an eight-speed double-clutch transmission. Probably a 0-100km/h time of around 3 seconds and an estimated top speed between 290-300km/h. Even if the C8 is sold at the top end of a good price estimate, say $180,000AUD fully optioned, I still think it's a bargain for the performance and looks.

Conclusion

I've registered my name and we'll see what happens. Will demand keep prices buoyant for the next 5 years or will they depreciate faster than a used German luxury saloon? I don't know, but I believe an early purchaser may be able to drive one for a year and sell it with little or no depreciation. Perhaps even a profit.

Of course, my predictions have not always been, shall we say, spot on. But what do you think and would you buy one? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Comments (9)

  • It is an interesting price point. A quick glance of Carsales shows 2010 997 911 Turbo; a 2013 Aston Martin DB9; a 2006 Lamborghini Gallardo; and a 2002 Ferrari 575 Marenello.

    But all 2nd hand.

    If Holden get greedy and price it over $200,000 then a 2011 McLaren MP4-12C comes into play and a 2010 Ferrari California...

    Tough choices.

      1 year ago
    • Those are all brilliant cars but too old to draw parallels with the Corvette. There are a lot of Porsche 911 Carreras, Aston Martin V8 Vantages and Maserati GranTurismos from 2016 and with low mileage on Carsales. If it’s over $200,000 then...

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        1 year ago
    • True. All good choices too. It'll be interesting to see where it's priced. I'm guessing closer to $150,000, but ?

        1 year ago
  • I can’t see a sub $200000 tag happening, it’s too close to the Camaro and we know how much Holden like to have their cars “exclusive”

      1 year ago
    • I think of it's over $200K then Holden will have shot themselves in the foot. As pointed out, after 200K you get into a number of choices, including 2nd hand Ferraris that have already depreciated, so unlikely to lose much more... unlike the...

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        1 year ago
  • It amazes me that GM can make a business case for RHD when they will only sell a handful of them, yet they can't manage to make the Silverado in RHD, and they would sell a truckload of those

      1 year ago
    • It's a good point, although I think the other RHD markets are the UK, India and, you a lesser extent, Japan.

      Oddly enough, although China is LHD, Hong Kong is RHD.

        1 year ago
  • $180,000? It’s still a great car but there are too many exotivs I’d consider first at that price point.

      1 year ago
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