With the departure of both Holden and Ford’s big V8 sedans from their respective lineups, and a Korean V6–the Kia Stinger–touted as its most relevant replacement, Aussie revheads after a big classic fuel-guzzling machine haven’t exactly had an exciting few years.
Holden, however, has just made an announcement that is sure to rev a few proverbial local engines. The Corvette, which has been Chevrolet’s iconic American sports vehicle since 1953, is set to hit the Australian market for the first time (officially) ever. With a slew of celebrity owners and film appearances, it’s one of the most iconic cars that’s ever lived, and now we’re getting an Australian one–right-hand-drive and all.
While other examples in the Australian market–namely the Camaro–currently undergo a lengthy conversion in Melbourne to move the steering column to the right-hand side before hitting the market, the 2020 Corvette set for our shores will be constructed in Kentucky in right-hand-drive format, suggesting that General Motors sees Australia as a serious market for the luxurious supercar.
Although, when it comes to its supercar status, it’s still an American beast. Eschewing the turbochargers, superchargers and electric engines that make its European brethren (Ferrari, Lamborghini and the like), well, super, the Corvette has a 6.1L naturally aspirated petrol engine that sends 369kW to the rear wheels via Chevrolet’s eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The engine sits behind the driver and passenger seats, too, like a proper supercar.
There’s no word yet on exactly how fast that makes it–even Chevrolet hasn’t posted test times yet, but given the market it’s looking to crack, something around the three-second mark for a 0-100 km/h run shouldn’t be too far of a stretch.
But Chevrolet hasn’t made this car all about performance. Inside, the ‘vette looks to be an exercise in luxury, with heated seats and steering wheel, infotainment system and premium trim all standard.
Unfortunately, at this early stage very little info on when exactly Holden will be rolling these onto their showroom floors, or just how much it will cost punters at that time, though early predictions look to suggest a price between the AUD$150,000-$200,000 mark.
Certainly not in the realm of a Commodore back in the day, but a very interesting alternative to a few European examples offered at more than twice that price.