By Linda Spencer
The Corvette C8 will be produced for the first time as a right-hand-drive (RHD) model. Japan will be the first country to receive the new configuration in 2021 with the expected delivery of 300 of these iconic General Motors vehicles.
The 300 eighth-generation Corvettes are presold, selling out within 60 hours of them going on sale. The United Kingdom and Australia are the other two markets expected to receive the RHD Corvette in late 2021. While the numbers are small to start—300 in the first year in Japan and 200 rumored in the first year in Australia—it’s a start for this vehicle. GM officials have noted in recent press reports that the success of the Ford Mustang RHD versions helped prove the international appeal of these late-model American musclecars.
The RHD version will be built alongside the left-hand-drive (LHD) version in the GM Bowling Green, Kentucky, facility.