The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette C8 has finally arrived in the Philippines just a few days after its distributor, The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI) posted a teaser on the Chevrolet Philippines Facebook page.
On sale in the Philippines is the Corvette Stingray that’s equipped with the Z51 Performance Package and is based on the 3LT variant. With that in mind, the rear mid-mounted 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated V8 gasoline engine produces 474 horsepower and 613 Nm of torque. This engine drives the rear wheels via an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Based on these slightly lower power figures, it’s safe to say that TCCCI brought in the European spec of the Corvette C8. The decrease in power is due to the more stringent emissions standards of the European market. Still, these numbers are nothing to scoff at and are on par with a Porsche 911 that costs significantly more.
The Z51 package fitted to the Philippine-market Corvette C8 adds a few handling upgrades, including a stiffer tuning for the adaptive magnetic suspension, upgraded cooling system, and a higher performance exhaust. Tires are now wrapped in stickier Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires while stopping power is now provided by Z51-branded brakes which provide better stopping power as well as larger disc brakes all around.
From the outside, its rear mid-engine layout gives the Corvette a completely new sheet metal from its predecessors. This gives it a shorter hood which also happens to be a front trunk. Its front fascia is characterized by a wide air intake in the middle flanked by large air vents on the sides which leads to a radiator. Additionally, the roof of the Corvette C8 can easily be removed (this is not a convertible, however) and stored at the car’s rear trunk (this has a front trunk after all).
A small front spoiler provides downforce for the front, while the slender LED headlights give it a sleek look. The windshield is extremely raked for aerodynamics, which flows neatly into the double-bubble roof that tapers nicely all the way to the back to where the engine resides. The sculpted bodywork channels air into massive side scoops which cool the engine. Lastly, the rear fascia is characterized by a bumper with vents for the engine bay and a rear diffuser featuring four tailpipes.
As for the interior, the Philippine-market 2022 Chevrolet Corvette C8 has a premium finish with plenty of leather and soft-touch surfaces. A stylistic canopy houses a long array of buttons for the climate control system and it also gives a clear separation between the driver and passenger seats. There’s also a squared-off steering wheel gives drivers an unobstructed view of the 12-inch fully digital instrument cluster. On the right of the digital gauge cluster is an 8-inch MyLink infotainment system, featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a 14-speaker Bose sound system.
The optional GT2 seats were fitted as standard in our Corvette, and this adds heating and ventilation functions. Additionally, the Corvette C8 comes with a Performance Data Recorder, which utilizes a built-in forward-facing camera that can record your lap times while you drive on track. This can also act as the car’s dashcam when needed. Lastly, the Corvette C8 comes with a front axle lift system that can raise the front ride height by 40 mm, which is useful if you live in a village with plenty of high speed bumps. This can even be linked to the satellite navigation, and it remembers where to raise the front suspension.
The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is now on sale across all Chevrolet dealers nationwide with a price tag of P9,915,888.