The Corvette is here!

It’s been a long-time coming, but finally the very first factory-built GMSV right-hand-drive C8 Corvette is registered and on the road in New Zealand.

Oct 15, 2021

First global deliveries are due for March 2022.

Ever since it broke cover the world has been intrigued and excited by General Motor’s fist mid-engine Corvette, the C8. The excitement was even greater in New Zealand as factory RHD production was confirmed. The new was overshadowed by the departure of GM’s beloved Holden, but we’re looking onward to the next generation with General Motors Special Vehicles and what promises to be an incredible package for the money.

Looking resplendent in eye-catching Accelerate Yellow, the first RHD C8 3LT Coupe arrived in-country mid-August. It will be used for local validation, display and demonstration purposes. That means future and prospective customers can finally experience the C8. A moment General Manager of GMSV New Zealand, Matthew Taylor, has been waiting for.


“After so much build-up and anticipation, it’s incredibly exciting to see the C8 in the flesh - it’s even more breath-taking than I could have ever imagined,” said General Manager of GMSV New Zealand, Matthew Taylor.


We’d agree with Taylor, from every angle the C8 Corvette is an undeniablyy stunning car and one made all the more impressive by its attractive price point. The C8 2LT Coupe will be available starting from $154,990 +ORC.

News of the C8 arrival in New Zealand coincides with the start-of-production of Antipodean customer cars at GM’s renowned Bowling Green Plant in Kentucky USA, with shipment of vehicles anticipated to commence later this quarter. It is the first Corvette to be manufactured right-hand drive and all new C8 sold via the authorised GMSV dealer network offer a full manufacturer warranty, as well as servicing and aftersales support.


International drive reports suggest it will be a deeply impressive drive as well with General Motors demonstrating a strong desire to deliver supercar performance and capability akin to exotic European marques. In addition to the famed 6.2-litre V8, all first-allocation C8 Corvettes in New Zealand will feature the Z51 Performance Package and Front Lift as standard, as well as Magnetic Selective Ride Control.


“These features provide for even more agility and performance capability from what is already an incredibly outstanding sports car,” said Taylor.

GMSV New Zealand is making plans to showcase the C8 at events and activations but, due to current Covid-19 restrictions, nothing is set in stone.


“Unfortunately we’re hamstrung and unable to commit to a schedule,” said Taylor, “”But we know there is huge interest in this vehicle and have every intention of getting it out and about!” 


We have no doubt this one will be worth the wait and we will bring the earliest drive impressions right here as soon as we can get behind the wheel.


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