The 2020 Corvette Stingray C8 is almost sold out, months before production is even scheduled to begin.
That's the word from GM's Mike Simcoe, the brand's design chief (and the man behind the Holden Monaro), who told US media outlets that the demand for the all-new C8 has been unprecedented, despite production not being scheduled until later this year.
So much so that pre-orders have already hit the brand's manufacturing limits for the C8's first year of sales.
“I think the orders have already hit the first year of production numbers,” Simcoe says. “It’s nearly sold out. It’s so close that it’s bound to be sold out soon."
What we don't know yet is how many vehicles GM will be producing in the C8's first year of production, but it's fair to say interest in the Ferrari-bothering supercar has been ferocious.
Holden dealerships in Australia have been bombarded by customers, many of whom are ready to throw down cash deposits before Australian pricing and timings are even confirmed.
It is not yet clear whether the C8's popularity in its home country will impact Australian arrival timing (thought to be late 2020), but it is thought that, given GM has invested in RHD production, markets like ours will have an allocation that's separate to the cars dedicated to the USA.
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is powered by a 6.2-litre V8 producing 370kW and 640Nm, meaning Australia will be home to the most powerful 'Vette ever built. That power is shuffled through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic and sent to the rear wheels.
In the US, the C8 will “start at less than US$60,000” (approx $85,000 based on current exchange rates). But things are rarely that simple, and we'd be expecting the new Corvette to start at around the $150k mark in Australia.
But time will tell.
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