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
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.
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
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.
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.