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General Motors Holden has confirmed that the next-generation mid-engine Corvette will be built in right-hand-drive (RHD) and will roar Down Under for sale in New Zealand.

General Motors Holden has confirmed that the next generation mid-engine Corvette will be built in right-hand-drive configuration and will go on sale in New Zealand.

The corvette is the first-ever production version in mid-engine configuration. It is also the fastest, the most powerful entry-level Corvette ever, offering new standards of performance, technology and craftsmanship.  

 

The Corvette's exterior has a bold, futuristic expression with mid-engine exotic proportions, but it is still unmistakably Corvette. It is lean and muscular, with an athletic sculptural shape conveying a sense of motion and power from every angle. "Like anyone with a hint of petrol in their veins, we were glued to our screens watching the reveal of the new Corvette," said Marc Ebolo, Managing Director of Holden New Zealand.

"The news that Corvette will now be built in right-hand-drive for the first time ever - and will be exported to New Zealand - is highly exciting for our team at Holden and any Kiwi while loves high performance cars."

The new mid-engine layout gives Corvette better weight distribution, with the rear weight bias enhancing performance in a straight line and on the track. The car's engineers have also suggested it will exhibit better responsiveness and a more immediate sense of control due to driver positioning closer to the front axle, almost on top of the front wheels.

The new Corvette's heart is Chevy's next-generation 6.2L Small Block V8 LT2 engine, the only naturally aspirated V8 in the segment. It will produce 369kW peak power and 637Nm of torque when equipped with the performance exhaust option; the most horsepower and torque for any entry-level Corvette. 

The all-new performance car's LT2 engine is paired with Chevrolet's first eight speed dual-clutch transmission. The new location of the engine is the focal point for the Corvette's design and is visible through the large rear hatch window. Next generation  Corvette production begins at GM's Bowling Green facility in late 2019. Holden will share further details about the mid-engined Corvettes arrival in New Zealand at a later date.

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible takes Corvette’s heritage to new heights as the first hardtop and mid-engine convertible in Corvette’s 66-year history. The fighter jet-inspired design maintains the same storage as coupe, even with the topdown. Powered by the next-generation 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the 2020 Stingray convertible will produce 495 horsepower (369 kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque when equipped with performance exhaust – the most horsepower and torque for any entry Corvette.