And yes, they will all be less powerful without the center quad-exhaust pipes at the rear.
For the first time, Japan will get a Corvette Z06 with a right-hand-drive configuration right from the factory. This is in line with Chevy's promise that the latest Corvette C8 will go global, meaning RHD versions will be available for countries that need them. That assurance extends to the high-performance Z06, but it feels like Japan will come up shortchanged when it comes to the Z06 they will receive.
In an interview with Japan's WebCG, two executives from GM Japan, Yoshiaki Uehara and Satoshi Nakano, revealed that all the C8 Corvette Z06 units bound for the Land of Rising Sun will look the same: They will all have a coupe body style, painted in black with red interiors. They will also be in top-spec 3LZ trim, which means they will get all the goodies.
While a black sports car with red seats seems like a tasteful combination for the Corvette Z06, Japanese fans might feel that they don't have options. However, there's a good reason for this.
According to Uehara, they chose one specification for all coming units because they want to reduce the waiting time. Black is also the most popular paint color in the US for the Corvette Z06, so that should speed up the importation of the RHD versions units to the country.
(Translated) "There are many options. If we were looking at an American website, there would be so many that we could just sit there for a week. Of course, we want to provide that kind of fun to our customers, but if we do that, no matter how long we wait, the cars won't come," Uehara said.
And then there's the talk about performance. As we reported before, the Corvette Z06 for overseas markets will be less powerful due to stricter regulations.
Specifically, the Z06's 5.5-liter flat-plane V8 - the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 in any production vehicle - will go down from 670 horsepower in the US to just 636 hp in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and now in Japan.
That said, the four-pronged central exhaust in the American Z06 will also be replaced with regular twin-exhaust pipes on the opposite ends of the Japanese Z06's rear bumper. This is due to stricter emission (and noise) regulations in the said markets, which will not allow the straight pipes fitted on the US-spec Z06.