It's about time.
We've known for a while now that GM will offer a factory-built right-hand-drive version of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Stingray Convertible for buyers in countries like Australia, the UK, Japan, and India. In Japan, the first batch of RWD C8s almost entirely sold out when it was first shown at the Tokyo Auto Show in January 2020. In the past, local companies were charged with the left to-right-hand drive conversions, an often expensive process whose costs were passed down to customers.
This time around, the most significant additional costs are related to import taxes and other related fees. Japanese buyers, for example, will be paying at least $113,668 USD for the coupe with the 2LT trim package.
It's a similar sum for Australian customers. But one question remained: when will RHD C8 production get underway? Today, we have our answer thanks to the folks at MidEngine Corvette Forum. The Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky has reportedly begun building these overseas-only C8s and line workers had to get used to doing things in reverse. Literally.
Assembling the interior requires workers to physically switch sides on the line in order to complete their tasks. It's not a difficult process to accomplish, but workers supposedly require some additional adjustment time in order to achieve the same production flow as the left-hand-drive examples they're accustomed to.
Quality control remains a top priority as always, but the first batches of RHD units will supposedly be examined a bit more carefully before being shipped out. Chevrolet has not announced exactly how many RHD C8 Corvette coupes and convertibles it intends to build annually, but chances are allocation numbers are being determined by projected demand.
Unfortunately, Chevy has no plans for a factory-built RHD Camaro, although the muscle car is still exported to some RHD markets such as Australia. Upon arrival, the Camaros are to a local specialist for the conversion process.