C7-gen Corvette sells in restricted numbers on this facet of the pondCommon Motors’ 6.2-litre V8 engine does not adjust to new WLTP laws
New emissions laws coming into pressure will imply Chevrolet’s Corvette and Camaro can not be bought new within the UK.
UK-bound variants of those two fashions are powered by Chevrolet’s 6.2-litre V8, which falls foul of newly imposed WLTP rules and can not be eligible for import as of 31 August.
The Camaro and Corvette are at the moment solely bought new within the UK by Surrey-based Ian Allan Motors, which has 40 examples left to promote forward of the August deadline. Any not bought by this level must be registered and bought as pre-owned automobiles.
Whereas it’s not potential to order these automobiles to the UK direct from the manufacturing facility, Chevrolet has continued to provide them for the market with MPH markings on their speedometers and UK-spec headlights.
The mid-engined C8-generation Corvette will likely be revealed on 18 July, powered by an developed model of the present C7 mannequin’s pushrod engine, however the mannequin received’t make its return to the UK till early 2021 – most probably in hybrid kind.
It has not but been confirmed that the brand new mannequin will likely be tailored for right-hand drive markets, however new legal guidelines in Australia, Japan and India now prohibit the importing of left-hand-drive automobiles, making the case for a right-hand-drive variant a lot stronger.
The present Ford Mustang is obtainable in right-hand drive for the primary time within the mannequin’s lengthy historical past, making it rather more globally accessible than its Camaro rival. This might immediate Chevrolet to strengthen its European muscle automotive providing concurrently introducing the brand new Corvette.
The brand new regulation additionally impacts Cadillac’s Escalade SUV, which is powered by the identical 6.2-litre engine. A brand new mannequin will arrive in Europe in 2020, though a spokesman for Ian Allan Motors stated the Escalade is much less widespread within the UK than the 2 Chevrolet sports activities automobiles, given their iconic standing.
Costs for brand new Corvettes at Ian Allan Motors vary from £64,995 for an entry-level Stingray model to £92,439 for a range-topping Grand Sport. The Camaro is offered from £34,995.
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