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The first C8 in the UK will set you back R8 money – tempted?

By Matt Bird / Tuesday, September 29, 2020

For a long time now, there has been a lot of excitement around the C8 Corvette Stingray – and with good reason. This is of course the first mid-engined Corvette, promising better handling than any Stingray before it; the C8 is the fastest standard Corvette ever made, too, reckoned to hit 60mph in less than three seconds. And, for Corvette fans in the UK at least, the announcement of right-hand drive Corvettes for the very first time was perhaps the most exciting news of all – see the 228-comment thread when prices were confirmed…

When those cars get here, they're going to cost from £82,000, which makes it competitive with lots of similar sports cars. It may also make you question the value of this Corvette, which is left-hand drive and £130,000. However, let's not forget that at the moment the RHD import date is not set in stone; with the world as it is, it wouldn't be a surprise to see a delay in the build and delivery of right-hand drive Corvettes. Even with everything running to plan, they weren't going to arrive until some point in 2021. Whereas this Corvette is here, now, taxed and registered and ready to drive away from the dealership in London. Never underestimate the appeal of being first.

Because regardless of what you think about the Corvette styling, it's guaranteed to attract attention. It's the only one in the country, it looks like nothing else and hopefully it'll sound like all the best Corvettes – particularly as it's specced with the Performance exhaust. In fact this Stingray is quite sensibly optioned; it makes sense to make the car appeal as broadly as possible when selling the new Corvette dream in the UK, so this one does without such extras as 'Zeus Bronze Metallic', or the 'Full Length Dual Racing Stripe Package, Carbon Flash Metallic', or the 'Natural Dipped Napa Leather' throughout.

It's a little red Corvette, with the optional trident-spoke wheels, some external carbon, the Z51 package that UK cars will get as standard and the upgraded bucket seats. It isn't the wildest looking Corvette you're going to see – easily done on the configurator – and that's exactly the point. It's as 'typical' as a C8 might look, a safe bet spec that's distinctive chiefly for its newness.

That said, even with the cachet of being the first one and the sensible roster of options, there's no doubt some will baulk at the cost. Because as well as all manner of conventional exotica being available at the money – R8, 570S, Vantage – there's the small matter of those UK cars. Is having this car early worth the risk? Or might you regret spending more on this car if right-hand drive ones do arrive next year? On the other hand, if the right-hand drive cars are delayed or never happen, you're sitting pretty…

It's a proper sports car conundrum, because for the all the appeal that resides in owning one of the nation's first C8s you would surely also be thinking about not having to jog around the car to pull a ticket from car park machine. But then there's the wait. And not really knowing. Hold out? Or dive in? You tell us…


SPECIFICATION – CHEVROLET CORVETTE (C8)

Engine: 6,162cc, V8
Transmission: 8-speed dual-clutch auto, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): [email protected],450rpm
Torque (lb ft): 465 @ 5,150rpm
MPG: TBC
CO2: TBC
Year registered: 2020
Recorded mileage: 30
Price new: $59,995 (US, before options)
Yours for: £132,000

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