Wondering whether the public would take to the mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette? It looks like buyers can't get enough.
Launched two weeks ago, the new Corvette is the first to have its engine in the middle. It will also be the first offered to Australia as a factory right-hand drive vehicle, set to arrive in Holden showrooms late next year or early in 2021.
Power comes from a 6.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8 pumping out 370kW and 637Nm, put to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. At this stage Chevrolet is yet to reveal its plans for rumoured hybrid or twin-turbo-powered versions.
Of course, Chevrolet wants the Corvette to be about more than just straight-line performance. It wants the car to be a star-spangled corner-carver, capable of taking on the best Europe has to offer.
With that goal in mind, the company has used a double wishbone suspension as standard, or the latest iteration of Chevrolet's magnetic ride control (MRC) as part of the optional Z51 Performance Pack.
That shapely nose can be protected by a GPS-backed nose lifter capable of memorising 1000 locations to automatically raise.
“I think the orders have already hit the first year of production numbers,” Mike Simcoe, General Motors design chief, told Autoblog.
"It’s nearly sold out. It’s so close that it’s bound to be sold out soon," he went on, speaking at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Chevrolet hasn't revealed exactly how many cars it'll build for 2020, so exactly how many pre-orders the company has received isn't clear just yet.