NZ’s first Chevrolet Corvette revealed with updated 6.2-litre V8

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Words: Matthew Hansen
10 Jun 2021

Regular readers of NZ Autocar will know that a slight cloud of mystery has hung over the news of the Chevrolet Corvette C8’s local arrival … the first Corvette to ever be offered ‘New Zealand new’, in factory right-hand drive.

While the model is confirmed here, General Motors Specialty Vehicles hasn’t been able to confirm spec for the range due to local models being based on the to-be-released MY2022 update. Well, Chevrolet has finally whipped the covers off the updated 2022 Corvette and, perhaps predictably, there isn’t a huge amount of developments to report.

Unsurprisingly, the updated C8 looks more or less the same as the current one. The same headlights and taillights, the same signature mid-engined cab-forward design, the same slightly deranged sci-fi interior.

There are some new colours to choose from, though. Buyers can opt for one of three new hues; Hypersonic Gray, Caffeine, and Amplify Orange Tintcoat.

The main mechanical differences are all to do with the 6.2-litre V8 tucked behind the cockpit. It features an updated direct fuel injection system, along with other tweaks designed to further refinement and efficiency. The active fuel management system is another area of change, now packing a broader rpm window where it can deactivate cylinders in order to be more fuel efficient.

What I haven’t mentioned until yet is power. Sadly, those wanting a little more of it with the 2022 update will simply have to wait for the inevitable go-faster models. The more refined, updated naturally aspirated 6.2-litre LT2 still produces 369kW of power and 630Nm of torque.

This is all far from bad news, though, for those who have placed an order for the American supercar. The fact that our C8s feature tangible mechanical updates over the first generation means local examples have benefited from more testing, more engineering, and more data gathering in the two years that have passed since the model was launched.

On top of the spec detail confirmation, Chevrolet also announced a new limited edition model that pays homage to its IMSA race team. It’s called the IMSA GTLM Championship Edition. Based on the 3LT coupe and convertible and limited to 1000 models, each gets a paint scheme similar to that of the GTLM race cars (either in yellow with grey stripes or grey with yellow stripes).

A carbon fibre rear spoiler, wing mirrors painted in ‘Carbon Flash’ grey, black Trident wheels, and black rocker panels are also among the changes. Don’t expect to see this model appearing in right-hand drive in local showrooms.

As previously reported, the 2LT coupe and convertible and 3LT coupe and convertible will make up the bulk of New Zealand’s Corvette C8 inventory. Both models will come standard with the Z51 Performance Package and Front Lift.

The 2LT pairing are priced at $154,990 (coupe) and $169,990 (convertible) respectively, while the 3LT pairing wear a sticker of $169,990 (coupe) and $184,990 (convertible). And finally there’s also the Carbon Edition, priced at $197,990.

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