General Motors made it clear following the launch of the C8 Corvette that the car was always intended to be a global product. The mid-engined sports car was designed with a RHD model in mind, and has already proven to be a desired product in markets like Japan. Our V8-loving brethren in Australia were excited for the arrival of the sports car too, but then the abrupt end of the Holden brand left the model’s importation in limbo. Well, the Aussies need not fret any longer, as GM has officially confirmed that the C8 Corvette is bound for the continent.
According to a report from CarsGuide, General Motors has officially confirmed that the mid-engined Corvette will be coming to Australia via the new GMSV brand. The serialized importer was born from the remains of the Holden Specialty Vehicles dealer network, which provided buyers with some seriously cool muscle cars since 1987. GMSV will serve as The General’s means of selling vehicles down under, including the C8 Corvette and the Silverado 1500.
The C8 Corvette is expected to arrive in Australia at some point in 2021, during what is hopefully a better year for the sports car. This first year of production has proven difficult for the C8, with two recent recalls for the frunk just adding to the list of issues. There is no pricing information available for the RHD Corvette from GMSV at this time, though we’re certain it won’t carry the same bargain base price as it does here.
We’re glad to hear that the C8 Corvette will officially be heading to Australia. If there is any other country out there that loves V8 engines and smokey burnouts as much as we do, if not more, it has to be Australia. It’s a shame that Holden and HSV are no longer around to provide the performance cars they’ve become famous for, but hopefully GMSV will continue to import exciting cars for the people.