The affordable all-American sports car is treading on supercar territory...
In the US, deliveries of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray began earlier this year after being delayed for several months. European customers, on the other hand, will have to wait a bit longer to get behind the wheel of the first mid-engine Corvette. Chevrolet has announced pricing and availability details for the C8 Corvette the UK, and there are some notable changes aside from its right-hand-drive configuration. This is also the first time the Corvette has been available in both left- and right-hand drive in the model's history.
To mark the car's European debut, Chevrolet will offer a generously-equipped launch edition of the 2020 Corvette in Europe. Unlike the US version, the European 2020 Corvette Stingray will be equipped with the Z51 Performance package installed as standard.
This package includes sportier suspension tuning, Brembo brakes with larger rotors and front air inlets for cooling, an electronic limited-slip differential, a shorter axle ratio, a performance exhaust system, an aerodynamics package that improves the high-speed stability and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Normally, this package is available as a $4,995 optional extra in the US.
Compared to America's entry-level C8 Corvette, European Corvettes also come as standard in 2LT trim, which includes a performance data recorder, head-up display, navigation system, 14-speaker Bose sound system, a rear camera mirror and heated and ventilated seats.
Available exclusively in 3LT trim, the European Launch Edition is distinguished by unique exterior embellishments, but Chevrolet didn't provide any further details. The Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 suspension system is also included as standard on these models.
The biggest difference between the European and US C8 Corvette, however, is the price. In the UK, the Launch Edition starts at £81,700 ($102,877) for the coupe and £87,110 ($109,689) for the convertible. For comparison, the base 2020 Corvette 1LT starts at $59,995 and the 3LT trim the European Launch Edition is based on will cost at least $71,945, while 2021 prices aren't going to change much.
Like the US version, Europe's 2020 Corvette Stingray is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that produces 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 Corvette Stingray will arrive at European dealers in the second half of 2021.