We have both good news and bad news for future C8 Corvette customers from Australia

The Chevrolet C8 Corvette can hardly be called a new car anymore. Sure, it’s the latest Corvette, but as it approaches its first year on the market after getting loads of attention from journos, bloggers, vloggers, and influencers, it’s not new anymore. Unless you happen to live in Australia, that is, where the C8 Vette hasn’t arrived yet. When it does, it will not be sold under the Chevrolet or Holden blazon.

What Does GMSV Mean?

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The acronyms stands for General Motors Specialty Vehicles. How it came to be? Well, after GM finally pulled the plug on Holden, a nine-decade foothold the company had in Australia, it created GMSV.

But to create GMSV, GM teamed up with Walkinshaw Automotive Group, the parent company of HSV (Holden Special Vehicles), which was a Holden-specialized tuner that essentially converted left-hand-drive GM cars to a right-hand-drive that could be sold Down Under. Like Camaros and Silverados, for example.

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Now, as Motor Authority reported a while back, HSV will continue its conversion activity for GMSV.

In other juicier news, Car Advice writes that GMSV is on track with plans to sell the C8 Corvette in Australia. What’s more, 40 to 60 of the existing Holden and HSV dealerships will become GMSV showrooms.

There’s a drawback to this complicated swap, though…

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The same outlet reports that the Corvette was originally slated to go on sale in the first half of 2021, but that’s not the case anymore as a launch “has been pushed back to coincide with a tech change that would homologate the vehicle based on European emissions standards.” Most likely, a market launch is due either in late 2021 or early 2022, if everything goes as planned sans any delays.

On top of that, the C8 Vette won’t come cheap, as dealers have been given instructions to sell it for a sticker of $120,000 to $130,000. To make matters worse, that’s not even the final price, which could vary according to “currency pressure and any unforeseen costs associated with the homologation process.”

We’ll keep an eye on any developments on this topic and we’ll get back with an update when one is due.

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Chevrolet Corvette C8 specifications
Engine LT2, 6.2-liter, n/a V-8, mid-mounted
Power 490 hp, 495 hp w/ the Z51 pack
Torque 465 lb-ft, 470 lb-ft w/ the Z51 pack
Transmission 8-speed DCT
0-60 mph 2.9 s
Top speed 194 mph
Price tag $59,995
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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