Chevrolet announced the 2020 Corvette C8 would be priced from $59,995 – including a $1,095 destination charge – in the United States last month, but now the company has revealed how much Canadians will have to shell out.
As promised, the car will cost under $70,000 CAD. Just barely though, as the model will retail for $69,998 CAD including a destination charge of $2,000 CAD.
While that sounds pretty expensive, the model is actually more affordable than the American variant. At current exchange rates, $69,998 CAD is $52,757 USD so Canadians effectively gets the Corvette for $7,238 USD less.
Putting aside the currency conversions, the base Corvette 1LT comes nicely equipped with a power adjustable leather steering wheel, 8-way power leather seats and a 10-speaker Bose premium audio system. Drivers will also find a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8-inch infotainment system and a dual-zone climate control system. Other highlights include cruise control, rear park assist, an HD rear vision camera and a keyless entry system with a push-button ignition.
Motivation comes from a mid-mounted 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 490 hp (365 kW / 497 PS) and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission which sends power to the rear wheels.
The mid-level Corvette 2LT starts at $79,898 CAD and features additional standard equipment. Highlights include heated / ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel and a 14-speaker Bose Performance Series sound system. The model also boasts a color head-up display, a wireless smartphone charger, a performance data recorder and GPS navigation.
Rounding out the highlights are a universal home remote, an advanced theft deterrent system, an auto-dimming rear camera mirror and a memory package for the seats. Last but not least, there are a handful of driver assistance systems including side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert and a front curb view camera.
The range-topping Corvette 3LT begins at $85,398 and adds special GT2 seats with carbon fiber trim as well as Napa and Mulan leather upholstery. The model also has leather-wrapped door panels and suede accents.
An assortment of options will be available including the Z51 Performance Package which costs $5,900 CAD. It adds a front splitter, a rear spoiler, a performance exhaust and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer-only tires. Other goodies include a performance suspension, an electronic limited slip rear differential, larger Brembo brake discs, revised axle ratios and an improved cooling system.
Customers can also order a front suspension lift system for $1,875 CAD and a performance exhaust for $1,375 CAD. The latter increases the engine’s output to 495 hp (369 kW / 502 PS) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque.