Here’s why 2020 Chevy Corvette C8 won't likely reach PH soon

Updated Apr 12, 2021 | Same topic: Latest Consumer Reports

Filipino ‘Vette fans might have to wait before they get their hands on the mid-engine Corvette.

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 made its debut last year. It’s the first ‘Vette to have the engine behind the seats, or what you call the rear mid-engine layout, reminiscent of European supercars. 

 

The mid-engine Corvette officially started its production on February 3, 2020 in the Bowling Green assembly plant in Kentucky. However, due to the negative effects of COVID-19 caused to the car industry, the production of the eighth generation of the Corvette has been suspended.

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If the production kept going, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette would have been a blast since it now hosts a mid-engine layout.

What the layout does is it provides more traction that helps the overall handling performance of a vehicle. Moreover, the exterior design is evidently revamped – giving the Corvette a new and ambitious aesthetics.

Before shutting down the plant, the site was able to build an estimated 2,695 examples of the sports car, according to an interview with Corvette Assembly Plant Manager Kai Spande from Rick Corvette Conti.

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C8 on a truck

Transportation of the new Corvette C8 | via Motor1

There are many factors to consider that may further delay the production of the Corvette C8. One of which is the refreshment of the training of the assembly workers. Another factor is that the United States isn’t allowing any manufacturing until the end of April at the very earliest.

Due to the growing effect if the COVID-19 pandemic all over the world, we can never have a guarantee as to when will the production resume. With all the given factors stated, the production will most likely resume in May in a best-case scenario.

Plus, in the interview, Kai Spande said that Corvette's production is from orders only, and that will not change soon. This means that other markets, including the Philippines, might have to wait indefinitely before getting the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette.

Parked white Corvette C8

It is only a matter of time before Filipinos get their hands on the revamped Corvette C8

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Know more about Chevrolet Corvette 2022

Chevrolet Corvette

The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette is a 2-seater sports car that is now in its eight-generation. It is available in the Philippines in one variant with a price of Php 9,915,888. Under the hood is a 6.2-liter LT2 V8 mid-engine capable of delivering 474 horsepower and 613 Nm of torque. As standard, the engine sends power exclusively to the rear wheels via an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters.

In terms of dimensions, the Corvette spans 4,634 mm long, 1,934 mm wide, and 1,235 mm, with a wheelbase and ground clearance rated at 2,744 mm and 135 mm, respectively. Locally, this American coupe is comparable to the likes of the Jaguar F-Type, Ford Mustang (GT500), and Nissan GT-R. 

₱ 9,915,888

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