Corvette Australia bound

By: Unique Cars magazine

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General Motors announced three firsts for its next-generation Corvette due in 2020: It will be mid-engined, it will be available in right-hand drive and it will be sold in Australia.

The most powerful entry-level Corvette offers stunning performance from its 369kW/637Nm 6.2-litre LT2 V8 with a claimed 0-100km/h time of three seconds. The mid-engine layout, with eight-speed dual-clutch transmission gives Corvette better weight distribution, with a rear bias designed to enhance straight line and track performance. The new seating position places the car’s centre of gravity close to the driver’s inside hip, so the car literally turns around the driver. It's said to completely change the perception of vehicle handling and responsiveness.

"As America’s most iconic performance nameplate, redesigning the Corvette from the ground up presented the team an historic opportunity, something Chevrolet designers have desired for over 60 years," said Australian Mike Simcoe, Vice President of Global Design, General Motors. "It is now the best of America, a new arrival in the mid-engine sports car class. We know Corvette can stand tall with the best the world has to offer."

Dave Buttner, Chairman and Managing Director of Holden said, "The news that Corvette will now be built in right-hand-drive for the first time ever – and will be exported to Australia – is hugely exciting for our team at Holden and any Australian who loves high performance cars. 

"With our long history in motor-racing, performance vehicles are an indelible part of the Holden brand. Our team is totally revved up to build on Holden’s performance legacy with the most technologically advanced Corvette ever built.

According to  Tadge Juechter, Executive Chief Engineer, "No Corvette has ever felt so comfortable, nimble and yet completely stable, thanks to its sophisticated suspension tailored tyre technology and exquisite attention to structural details."

"The LT2  has been designed to deliver excellent low-end torque and high-end power to give thrilling throttle response at any RPM," said Jordan Lee, GM’s Global Chief Engineer of Small Block engines.

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