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Corvette models to be imported through Chevy dealerships; Orlando, Cruze 5dr and Aveo models planned

Corvette will return to the UK next May. Officially imported models from GM’s muscle car line-up will be sold through Chevrolet dealerships.

British buyers have been deprived of Corvettes since previous importer Kroymans went bust last year. Chevrolet UK is considering getting European type approval for Corvette’s complete model range: C6, Z06, Grand Sport and the extreme ZR1.

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Corvettes will be available alongside Camaro coupé and convertible models, last officially available in the UK in 1976. The pair will be available only with a 426bhp 6.2-litre V8 engine. European type approval for the Camaro is expected to be granted early next year.

Chevrolet is currently developing a distribution, parts and retail network for the Corvette and Camaro, as well as finalising Corvette pricing, which is expected to be similar to last year’s levels. The first UK dealer to sell the cars will be Bauer Millett, Manchester.

"These cars won’t be volume sellers, they’ll be brand builders," Chevrolet UK MD Mark Terry told Autocar. "Camaro and Corvette are both icons and can act as a hook to other cars in our line-up."

Before the pair’s launch, Chevrolet will release its Orlando MPV. A near-production model will be shown at the Paris show next month and the first cars will reach UK showrooms early next year.

From launch, a 1.8 petrol and 2.0 diesel engine in two states of tune will be available. The Orlando "will be priced below other seven-seat MPVs but without compromising on quality", a Chevrolet spokesman said.

Also on Chevrolet’s Paris stand will be the new Cruze, alongside a near-production version of the new Aveo.

Mark Tisshaw

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derek171 21 August 2010

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Those astronauts were well-endowed ---- nice 'vettes, as well

Peter Cavellini 21 August 2010

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Type of roads?straight, uphill, downhill, bends?, yes, it'll be useable, but where's the fun in that?,nobody is going to bother, does he show the car?, how reliable is it?, it'll be cheap to keep because he'll do the servicing himself, yes, a fantastic experience, but i value my health more than strain injuries bracing myself for the savage G forces, yes, it'll be nice car, but it's not my cup of tea, like i've said, 400bhp ,300lbs of torque,that amount in 90% of the time should be adequate to see off the souped up rice boxes don't you think?.

Straight Six Fan 20 August 2010

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mantaray wrote:

There are a lot of cars out there that have been tuned for high power. Someone I know has a 500bhp Evo. Another had a 350 bhp R32 Skyline GTR. I remember the days of the 200 bhp Renault 5 GT turbos (from a 1.4 engine!)

But in all these cases the cars aren't useable of "liveable" on a day to day basis.

Right, well, I had the ride of my life last year - 2AM on the morning of Boxing Day. No cops about at all. A mechanic I know has been fiddling with an R34 Skyline for ages, and he took me out in it. I knew something was up when he made me put a neck brace and helmet on. My head was snapped back against the headrest as he accelerated, and the car was blasting past 150mph like an ordinary car blasts past 50 when we spotted lights way ahead and started to brake. Afterwards, he took me to his garage, where he put it on his dyno - 1200bhp. Over 1000 ft lbs of torque. Notwithstanding this, it seemed comfortable, it rode nicely, and would pootle about all day in sixth. Needless to say, with that much torque, it could and did pull away from rest in sixth... it's so civilised he even uses it on the school run.