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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.
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      • #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