The Australian public will be able to lay eyes on the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette this weekend at the 2021 OTR Supersprint Supercars Championship event.
Teasers posted to GM Speciality Vehicles’ (GMSV) social media accounts cryptically suggest something’s “Just around The Bend”, strongly hinting that punters will be able to get up close and personal with the long-awaited sports car at The Bend Motorsport Park this weekend in South Australia.
The car is expected to be involved in the “Final Roar” Holden tribute which will see various Holden models travel in convoy from the National Motor Museum in the Adelaide Hills to The Bend track in the state’s east. The tribute drive is designed to see off the Holden Commodore nameplate in the Supercars Championship, as teams move to the Chevrolet Camaro in 2022.
Although factory-built right-hand-drive Corvettes will be sold in Australia from late 2021, a series of left-hand-drive examples are currently on local soil for promotional purposes. It’s likely that a number of these will be on-hand throughout the weekend, perhaps even hitting the track for a demonstration at some point.
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Australian-delivered cars will come in a high mechanical specification and customers will get the choice of five variants priced from $144,990 plus on-road costs.
All local variants will be fitted with the Z51 Performance pack (optional in the US) which adds a bi-modal sports exhaust, adaptive suspension, larger Brembo brakes, electronic limited-slip differential, enhanced aerodynamics and extra cooling for its 369kW/637Nm naturally-aspirated 6.2-litre V8, which gets a power boost from the standard model's 365kW.
All Australian-delivered cars will also come standard with a front lift system that raises the front end at the press of a button.
These right-hand-drive Australian Corvettes will begin rolling off the production line in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA during the last few months of 2021. The first deliveries are said to arrive just before Christmas.
In the meantime, it’s likely that Supercars fans will get their first look at the Chevrolet Corvette this weekend at The Bend for the 2021 OTR Supersprint event.