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

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

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.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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