New C7 Corvette And Camaro SS Sales To Be Illegal In Europe

Emissions Laws Are Squeezing Small Block V8 Engines Out Of The Region

The Refreshed 2020 Camaro SS

Beginning August 31, 2019, any Chevrolet performance vehicle with a 6.2L LT1 V8 engine will be prohibited from being sold in either the European Union and/or the United Kingdom. That singles out both the C7 Corvette and sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro SS as a result. The UK’s Motoring Research recently posted the reminder. Once the sales ban takes effect, European buyers seeking the Camaro and/or Corvette will have to settle for a used model.

The irony here is that the logistical makeup of just getting these American-made vehicles over to Europe likely has a bigger carbon footprint than any individual C7 Corvette or Camaro SS could generate in its lifetime.

With the C7 fading into the sunset, it’s still unclear if GM will even bother trying to get the all-new 2020 C8 Corvette to sell in Europe. In the case of the United Kingdom, neither the Camaro nor the Corvette made much of an impact when it came to sales, as their exclusively left-hand-drive configuration hamstrung their appeal in a right-hand-drive nation.

The C7 Corvette Grand Sport provided Z06-like handling with the 6.2L LT1 V8 of the entry-level Stingray.

Currently, Ian Allan Motors of Virginia Water is the only dealership in the United Kingdom that sells both the C7 Corvette and Camaro SS.

There’s even greater irony afoot. According to a recent poll, the Chevrolet Camaro tops the list as the “most desired” used car, beating the likes of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, BMW 8 Series, Ferrari 360 Modena, and Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit.

Currently, the Chevrolet Camaro SS begins at £39,995 (roughly $50,550 USD) in the UK, while the C7 Corvette gets underway at £67,000 (roughly $85,000 USD). The C7 Corvette is expected to sell alongside the all-new C8 Corvette here in North America for a few years, while the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro SS will soldier on until at least the 2023 model year.

It’s too early to find visual evidence of a seventh-generation Camaro, but Chevrolet has reached out to current customers to gauge interest in various engine offerings, including a 6.2L V8 hybrid system capable of 545 horsepower and a combined 24 miles per gallon. The catch? Chevy proposed the engine option to be priced at $8,000.

Thew 2019 Camaro SS Shock Concept from the 2018 SEMA teased an emergency grille refresh that made it into production for the 2020 model year.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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