While it’s not too crazy to see a couple Corvettes a day in America, the same can’t be said for our friends across the pond in Europe. American performance cars in general are very rare in Europe, and maybe the most scarce in Norway thanks to their extraordinary taxes on expensive, gas thirsty vehicles. We already covered a Dodge Challenger Demon listed for sale at a silly $286,000 converted price. Now, Norway is seeing just how much a brand-new mid-engine 2020 Corvette can cost, and it’s another astronomical figure: $277,966. Yikes.
We discovered this in a Facebook post which linked to an article by the Norwegian auto sales and news site Broom. They claim this is the first C8 Corvette in Norway, imported from the US on a four week long boat ride across the Atlantic.
You may recall the C8 Corvette is set to be the first ever Corvette to be sold as a global product. GM will even convert them to right hand drive for the markets that require it, not the case for Norway. But deliveries for European markets won’t start until the second half of 2021, at least a full year away with no delays. This means there is a very big 2020 Corvette fan in Norway that wanted their car before any one else.
And, that person was willing to pay a hefty premium for that. A Norwegian dealer called CarFreaks is responsible for the import, and was supposedly in talks with a U.S. dealership soon after the C8’s reveal to get the car. It’s unclear the spec of the car, but it doesn’t appear to have the Z51 Performance Package or GT2 seats, so it is likely a fairly basic C8. That makes it all the more painful when horsepower, CO2 emissions, NOx emissions, and new car sale VATs jack the price up to such a high level. But for the Corvette fan that bought it, he won’t be disappointed when he has one of the rarest rides in the country.