no C8 until 2021

no C8 until 2021

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chris lake

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50 posts

27 months

Tuesday 12th November 2019
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just spoke to importers that the US dont recognise the UK enough to release the C8 until mid 2021, one reason being the small volume of RHD cars but surely that applies to japan,australia and south africa as well,short sightedness as by 2021 mclaren et al might have new models out to combat the loss of sales to the C8, (the depreciation alone on a mclaren in 1 year buys a C8) also any back imports wont have a warranty,personally i would put up with left hand drive just like proper vettes to get one early,at least the C7 will increase in value as it was only a 5 year run

GW65

623 posts

162 months

Wednesday 13th November 2019
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Not too much of a surprise. Although the C7 was available in the UK in the first model year, you couldn't get an auto as they decided not to bother with the only-for-one-year non-GM (Aisin?) 8-speed box outside the US. Personally, I'd never buy a first model year of any car anyway - remember the weak diffs and crabk pulley issues on the first year C6s, etc? Unless you want to pay full whack to be a beta tester? smile

roscobbc

1,074 posts

198 months

Wednesday 13th November 2019
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Perhaps why the C8 starts for 'only' $62K in the USA - (low-start entry price vs unofficial beta testing role?)

Soop Dogg

407 posts

191 months

Friday 15th November 2019
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Had a 2005 C6 (first year for the model) for 8 years and now have had a 2014 C7 (also first year for the model) for nearly 4 years.

Both have been absolutely superb!

That said, I won't be going for a C8 from the first batch, so maybe I don't entirely disagree with you, if only because I'm a little nervous with the mid-engine being such a big change and knowing that this is Chevrolet's first attempt at this...

C6NL

640 posts

216 months

Wednesday 18th December 2019
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GW65 said:
Personally, I'd never buy a first model year of any car anyway - remember the weak diffs and crabk pulley issues on the first year C6s, etc?
On the drag strip with excessive wheel hop the 2005 diff wasn't the best of choice, apart from the drag strip the diffs gave no more problems than other model years. If you abuse your car like an absolute idiot you can break any diff, the newer model years are no exception.

You say "crabk pulley issues", I guess you mean problems with the harmonic balancer ?? If so, that issue has long plagued Corvette owners ever since the C5 came out and on to the C7, that has nothing to do with an early C6.



wildoliver

8,270 posts

172 months

Sunday 29th March
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Soop Dogg said:
Had a 2005 C6 (first year for the model) for 8 years and now have had a 2014 C7 (also first year for the model) for nearly 4 years.

Both have been absolutely superb!

That said, I won't be going for a C8 from the first batch, so maybe I don't entirely disagree with you, if only because I'm a little nervous with the mid-engine being such a big change and knowing that this is Chevrolet's first attempt at this...
Your '05 wasn't a red z51 car was it?

woodsy99

22 posts

98 months

Tuesday 31st March
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I’m stuck in the UAE at present with all passenger flights to/from the country cancelled last week until further notice.....
Anyway a friend of mine in Abu Dhabi has ordered a C8 coupe which is scheduled for delivery in mid June this year. Base price for a coupe here is AED 395,000 (incl UAE VAT @5%) and another AED for the convertible - at current exchange rates that is sadly GBP92k for the convertible as the AED is pegged to the US$.
So importing one from here when shipping/import/HMRC charges are factored in makes it a no-no at present, but if you were to be a returning resident and met the HMRC criteria there would be no charges except for the shipping but you would have to keep the car for a minimum 12 months.

So, it may be a proposition for returning residents once the GBP/UAE Dirham exchange rate improves..........

NMNeil

412 posts

6 months

Sunday 26th April
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chris lake said:
just spoke to importers that the US dont recognise the UK enough to release the C8 until mid 2021, one reason being the small volume of RHD cars but surely that applies to japan,australia and south africa as well,short sightedness as by 2021 mclaren et al might have new models out to combat the loss of sales to the C8,
It could also be that as the mandatory speed limiters on new cars registered in the UK comes into effect in 2022, it may just not be worth it to GM. After 2022 the EU will stop being a lucrative market for all performance cars.

Soop Dogg

407 posts

191 months

Tuesday 28th April
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wildoliver said:
Your '05 wasn't a red z51 car was it?
Nope. It was a Z51 car, but velocity yellow and UK spec.

NMNeil

412 posts

6 months

Sunday 17th May
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I wonder how they will comply with the 2022 requirement to have all new vehicles in the UK fitted with speed limiters.