The Corvette C8 is coming to the UK in October
It's going to start at £81,000
From the start the Chevrolet Corvette C8 was advertised as a new beginning for the Corvette. It would be mid-engined, it would be available as a performance hybrid and even an EV (not much of a 'Vette but anyway) and it would be available in right hand drive from the factory for the first time ever. The first two aims have already been well established but that last one has barely been mentioned since the C8s release back in February 2020-15 months ago.
However now there is news on it arriving in the UK. It will start from £81,000 and will be sold from 2LT trim level and upwards. The 1LT trim with a 14 speaker Bose stereo, 2 HD screens for the speedo and infotainment, keyless entry and a DAB radio among other things. 2LT trim which will be the base in the UK will have all of that and heated seats and steering wheel, many sensors including parking sensors, power-folding mirrors and sat-nav. 3LT comes with an upgraded leather interior and carbon add-ons on the exterior on top of 2LT. Launch Edition will have magnetic suspension and a different wheel design.
One of the main reasons for the mid-engine switch was so that the Corvette would have dynamics that would rival European cars of a similar field like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. This means that it is officially the first Corvette that European buyers would be able to buy without being laughed at.
Mark Ruess (Head of GM) once stated about the switch that “The traditional front-engined vehicle reached its limits of performance, necessitating the new layout.”
It is also why the styling is so different. Out is the smooth lines oozing Route 66 and in is the new direction of many straight lines with all at different angles. This straight line design has been adopted across the segment as evidenced here with the Porsche 911 (yes they did change the look of it Clarkson)
See how the 992's front end is designed with a ruler and not curves? The same thing's happened here.
And how Bentley has used straight lines to make the Continental look more menacing.
There are several examples and that is just two of the breed. Personally as a European myself I prefer the new look on the European cars but to me the Corvette loses some of its sense of Americana with the new look.
That is the idea though-so that us Brits buy it.