The latest Corvette C7 will be engineered in right-hand drive, according to its chief engineer
Steve Cropley Autocar
14 January 2013

The new Chevrolet Corvette C7 will be offered in right-hand drive, but not before 2015. Speaking at today's Detroit motor show, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter confirmed the car will emerge “after 2015”.

Juechter said the C7 would need a significant amount of cockpit re-engineering, but there is a firm intention for the Corvette to become a world car.

Corvette bosses say American deliveries will begin in the autumn, but the car won’t arrive in Europe until the end of 2013. There is no official word on pricing, but Corvette says “anyone who can afford a Vette now can afford the new one”.

The car is currently priced from $49,600 (£30,750).

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14 January 2013

That has to be great news for any petrol head in the UK, even if we have to pay a premium over the equivalent LHD models.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

14 January 2013

2015. Excellent. 

Even if the usual price rules apply (we pay as much in Pounds as they do in dollars) it will still comfortably undercut the F Type, and be much faster

14 January 2013

Seems to be a big improvement on former models, but why do they insist on keeping that old-fashioned leaf-spring rear axle?

Cyborg

14 January 2013

The leaf-spring is made of composites and is mounted transversely. It is lighter and contributes less unsprung weight compared to coil springs. 

14 January 2013

i hope this one is narrower than the c6

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14 January 2013

When you design a car, surely it is easier to design it with all versions in mind from the beginning.  Like making a coupe with bracing points already identidied for when the convertible model is introduced.  The amount of car makers who just do not get it .....

Still, at least the Corvette is not an executive car only available in LHD and with a 3.6 V6 or 4.6 V8 and getting told that it will be available with a diesel and RHD but only in 10 years time after it has been replaced and is obsolete.

14 January 2013

At last, they read my mind....

15 January 2013

From an Australian Car Website:

http://www.caradvice.com.au/208298/chevrolet-corvette-in-oz-commodore-ute-in-us-both-ruled-out/

In this article, GM vice president of global manufacturing, and president of international operations, Tim Lee, has stated, “We have no plan to put a right hand drive into that bonnet.”.


That doesn't really match what Mr Corvette engineer is saying here...

15 January 2013

Which goes back to my post.  If they were going to make it in RHD they would have done the engineering already.

15 January 2013

Waste of resources in my view. Doubt it will significantly change sales volumes in UK and other RHD markets. Better to focus that engineering time on creating something different like an R version or something similar

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