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CORVETTE TODAY #153 - Corvette News & Headlines, Mid March 2023

Driving Season and Car Show Season is almost here! And CORVETTE TODAY has all your news & headlines to keep you up-to-date and current on what's happening in the world of Corvette.Keith Cornett from CorvetteBlogger is back with your CORVETTE TODAY host, Steve Garrett, to deliver the goods!;
1. Chevrolet crossed over 101,000 C8 Corvettes built to date!
2. The deadline for customer-sold orders for the C8 Z06 is April 5th
3. GM files a patent application for a Lidar Vision System
4. The 1953 C1 Corvette, VIN #100, to the Spring Carlisle Auction
5. The C8 Corvette wins the Kelly Blue Book Best Resale Value Award

It's the latest and the greatest Corvette news, delivered every other week, on CORVETTE TODAY!

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2023 Corvette Info Including E-Ray, SR & Z06 Pricing, SR & Z06 Visualizers, 70th Anniversary Info, Press Releases for SR & Z06 & Their Build & Price, Order Guides & Visualizers

E-Ray Visualizer:
Official E-Ray Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
Official GM E-Ray Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...and-visualizer
+ 25 KEY E-Ray Components/Factors:
E-Ray Leaked Info/Visualizer: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...tte-e-ray-leak
Z51 & Z06 GM Track Specs: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ecommendations
Z06 Order Guide:
Z06 MSRP and Options Pricing: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...freight-charge
2023 SR Build & Price: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...up-and-running
*2023 SR & Z06 Official Owners Manual:; and,
* 2023 GM Bash Major Seminar with HQ video: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ore-bash-video
*2023 Stingray Visualizer:
*2023 Stingray (ONLY Order Guide:
*70th Anniversary Combined Press Release For SR & Z06: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...iversary-model
*Z06 Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
*Z06 Reveal Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...eveal-pictures
*Z06 Visualizer:
Order Guide (unofficial): https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-action-center
*Z06 vs Z07 Aero Components: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...s-similarities
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Estimate of C8 pricing in Australia?!?!?!

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  • Estimate of C8 pricing in Australia?!?!?!

    Holden will take on the world’s most famous marques with a mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette supercar.

    Tipped to cost around $150,000 to $200,000 when it reaches Australia, the model will be the most expensive Holden on sale while undercutting the likes of Ferrari’s 488 by a significant margin.

    Like Formula 1 cars and exotic road-going models sold by McLaren, Lamborghini and Lotus, the new Corvette features an engine and transmission positioned behind the driver for optimum weight distribution.

    Unlike V8-powered Chevrolet Camaro models offered by HSV which must undergo a comprehensive left to right-hand-drive conversion in Melbourne, the Corvette will be built in Kentucky ready to go on sale in Australia.

    Holden managing director Dave Buttner says confirmation the Corvette is on the way “is hugely exciting for our team at Holden and any Australian who loves high performance cars”.

    “With our long history in motor racing, performance vehicles are an indelible part of the Holden brand,” he says.

    “Our team is totally revved up to build on Holden’s performance legacy with the most technologically advanced Corvette ever built.

    “We look forward to taking on the European and Japanese performance vehicles with some highly sophisticated American muscle.”

    Powered by a naturally aspirated (as opposed to turbocharged) 6.2-litre V8, the Corvette sends 369kW and 637Nm to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission similar to that found in the latest Porsche 911.

    Chevrolet says the Corvette’s shape was inspired by modern fighter jets such as the F-35 operated by the Royal Australian Air Force.

    A driver-focused cabin includes digital instruments and an oblong-shaped steering wheel with shift paddles. Far from being a stripped-out track day special, the ‘Vette is available with heated and cooled seats, a heated steering wheel, folding targa-style roof and dual-zone climate control.

    More focused versions will follow in the future.

    While full details will be confirmed closer to the model’s official debut, expect a 0-100km/h time in the low three second bracket, a top speed in excess of 300km/h and to get little change from $200,000 by the time it reaches driveways.

    At current exchange rates, $200K Australian is about $140K US. I really like Australia, and the Australian people, but I think I'm glad I'm not looking to buy a Corvette there. If the actual selling price is closer to $150K Aussie, that's "only" about $106,000 US.
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  • #2
    Yikes! I know Aussies pay through the nose for many things but that's a huge increase!


    • #3
      I think this article is guessing way too much. From what I've heard the HSV Camaro is that expensive in Australia because they have to convert each single LHD Camaro to an RHD Camaro manually. With the C8 already coming as RHD from the factory I think the price should not be as high compared to US prices as the increase on the Camaro.
      Ordered: 2023 C8 Stingray | Elkhart Lake Blue | 2LT | Coupe | European Model
      ETA: 05/2023


      • #4
        Yes you are right,David McCowen the writer of this looks like he was given an assignment to write an article over the weekend an this is the best he could come up with,grasping at straws.200k by the time it arrives,he is joking,also if you look at the date of this article and the fact that in it it says that the launch is about to take place after it already has,as Donald says Fake News!
        Last edited by Nelson; 07-23-2019, 03:30 AM.


        • #5
          Australia has a luxury car tax of 33% on cars over $42,000, plus duty of 5% and sales tax of 10%..

          Assuming that GM will only export LT2 trim, let's start with a US value of $70,000.

          Shipping to Australia - 10k?

          Now we're at $80k landed. Plus 33% luxury tax = $106k. Plus 5% duty = $112k. Plus 10% sales tax = $123k USD.

          In Australian $$ that equates to $175,000 Aus. Plus any dealer charges.

          So, the article may not be too far off.
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          • #6
            Luxury = above $42K... Wow, I always think european automobile laws are stupid but then things like these come up
            Ordered: 2023 C8 Stingray | Elkhart Lake Blue | 2LT | Coupe | European Model
            ETA: 05/2023