Little red Corvette now in PH
At the center of Chevrolet’s Motorama 2018 exposition, currently on display at the SM Megamall Fashion Hall, are five vehicles—and 455
horses at the center.
The horses are under the hood of the first Chevrolet Corvette officially imported into Southeast Asia.
The Torch Red Corvette Stingray packs a wallop, with a 6.2-liter aluminum V8 engine. The V8 delivers 455 hp and 621 Nm. It’s mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Wheels are staggered-sized: 19 inches in front and 20 inches on the rear, shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
The wheels use a five split-spoke design, done in glossy black paint.
Brembo brakes are standard, for ultimate stopping power.
The Corvette Stingray Coupe 3LT features magnetic selective ride control. The variable damping system uses magnetically-sensitive fluid in the dampers to allow rapid switching from soft to rigid settings in milliseconds.
The driver can select from a variety of performance modes to modulate the controls, such as steering and throttle response. Modes from Weather to Eco to Sport and Track mode are available.
The driver can monitor G-force, tire temperature, and other parameters on the customizable 8-inch screen.
The performance data recorder captures video and performance data of your drive onto a memory card, so you can improve your driving techniques—or if you just want to post a video of your favorite lap for your friends.
The upper interior trim uses sueded microfiber. Seats are trimmed in Napa leather, with emblems on the vented seats.
Other interior features include sport bucket seats, 8-inch Chevrolet MyLink touchscreen audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and Bose 10- speaker sound system.
“We are extremely proud that the Corvette’s first launch in Southeast Asia is happening in the Philippines,” said Atty. Alberto B. Arcilla, president and managing director of TCCCI.
“As we preview the legendary sports car in the country—on its 65th year anniversary, no less—we are happy to provide the market with a driving experience like no other.”
The first Corvette, named after the navy warship, was shown in 1953 as a concept model. Popularly known as “America’s sports car,” the Corvette was manufactured in Bowling Green, Kentucky. A Corvette museum is also located on site.
The new Corvette, the seventh generation of the iconic sports car, uses a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel—making it a targa top. Other body panels are still produced using the car’s trademark plastic composite material.
“Bringing such an iconic American supercar in the Philippines is a testament of General Motors’ commitment in the country and the rest of the region,” said Ian Nicholls, president of GM Southeast Asia.
“Throughout its history, the Corvette has proven the position of Chevrolet as a leader in producing vehicles with spirited performance and high quality design.”
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette coupe is listed at P8,546,888. Corvette units will be available for delivery in the Philippines by first quarter of 2019.