Rumors say the Chevrolet C8 Corvette for the European market will be around 30 hp less powerful than the U.S.-spec models.
The news came several days ago from MidEngineCorvetteForum. Of course, the info is unofficial, but deserved attention and seems to be true.
The figures for the European version will be the following: 468 horsepower, 455 lb-ft of torque, a 0-60 mph acceleration within 3.5 seconds. For comparison: the U.S.-spec C8 Corvette delivers 495 HP, 470 lb-ft, speeds up in 3.0 sec.
To make the EU-spec C8 Corvette compliant with European emissions regulations, Chevrolet has to install a gasoline particulate filter that results in power reduction. So, European Corvettes will lose power, but not price, as they are more expensive in Europe than in the USA.
Let’s recall that when new emissions rules went into effect in the fall of 2019, General Motors halved the EU sales of the Corvettes and Camaros equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 engine. They should have been recertified under the new standards.
Instead, the company chose not to recertify the Chevy Camaro due to its low sales and soon replaces the C7 Corvette with the next-gen C8 Corvette.
European sales will begin in the 2nd half of this year. For this market, the C8 is coming standard with the 2LT trim level and Z51 Performance Package. In addition, the manufacturer will offer a new Launch Edition model including the 3LT trim, Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 suspension, new exterior details.
Besides, the right-hand-drive eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette for export to Japan already went into production. In early 2022, new Corvettes enter other right-hand-drive markets – Great Britain and Australia.