Here's your first look at the right-hand-drive C8 Corvette
Highly anticipated American brute will answer Australian, Japanese and UK prayers
If you had to choose one car to define 2020, the 8th generation Chevrolet Corvette would be a wise answer. With a mighty 6.2L LT2 V8, mid-engine layout, striking looks and a humble price tag, the intense hype behind it is easily understandable. However, the all-new Corvette is only currently sold in selected left-hand-drive markets, leaving right-hand-drive (RHD) enthusiasts with nothing but a bedroom poster.
Chevrolet did confirm last year that the C8 Corvette will be available in Australian, Japanese and UK markets during 2021, however, we were yet to see a production-ready model or a working prototype. Our photographers recently captured an 'Accelerate Yellow' Corvette configured in RHD out and about. Yes, the right-sided Corvette is real and ready for launch. Whilst steering conversions have always existed, this is the first time since the 1953 C1 that the Corvette is being offered in RHD.
The C8 Corvette's chief engineer, Tadge Juechter, stated in a Q&A that prototype RHD Corvettes have been driving around for quite some time now. “Yes, some of us are actually driving them around ... it’s very strange to be driving a Corvette with the steering wheel on the right-hand side. We’ve built some and we’ll be doing some of our pre-production testing now in the US". It seems that the RHD 'Vette has undergone vigorous testing to ensure it meets quality and foreign safety regulations, which is brilliant news.