• Jul 29, 2008


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If you're an American buyer exasperated at trying to actually secure yourself a new Corvette ZR1 at its $105k sticker price without mark-up and dealer speculation, be glad you live on this side of the pond and not the other. Corvette sales in Europe are not handled in-house by GM, but by Kroymans, a Dutch importer, which has revealed its price for the new uber-Vette: a whopping 136,000 euros, equivalent to over $214,000 USD at the moment. The price includes shipping, gas-guzzler tax and an advanced driving course, and puts the new super Vette firmly into Ferrari territory. With demand rising and only 70 ZR1s reaching Europe this year – and an additional 150 in subsequent full years – Kroymans may get its asking price, just so long as they don't park it at the local Chevrolet dealership next to the Matiz and Aveo.


[Source: AutoWeek]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      You can't compare the true cost of a product in another economy on a completely different currency by simply converting the price through a calculator and an exchange rate figure. This is simple economics, folks...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly. Thank you.
      • 6 Years Ago
      KeatMP, that solution usually isn't as appealing as it sounds because is most countries you still have to pay their respective taxes (for example gas guzzler and VAT) when you import a new vehicle directly. It probably does end being cheaper, but only marginally and not enough to be worth the hassle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's about $150K more than I'd ever pay for a Corvette.
      • 6 Years Ago
      not even close to worth it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Who are you to decide what it is worth? Let the people with money and passion for a car decide.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ C.W.

        Looks like you're just a Chevy hater.

        'Cause when you think about it, a Ferrari F430 and a Lamborghini Gallardo both cost a lot more than the ZR1, yet the ZR1 outperforms them both. I'll also wager that the ZR1 will be a far rarer sighting in the rich neighborhoods than the routine Ferrari or Lambo.

        But is the ZR1 worth the price? It may or may not be, but it certainly isn't for someone as biased as you to decide.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wait a minute. C.W. is the only one who expressed a blind bias here and now comments are directed at GM fanboys?

        bizarre.
        • 6 Years Ago
        if i was expressing a bias i would have said the car was absolutely worth it for the simple fact it is domestic. I can appreciate engineering and performance from any company regardless of origin. i simply will buy domestic. my comment has NOTHING to do with bias, or my desire to support the US industry, in fact the comment of me only driving a product of our domestic OEMs was said out of defense when one of the blogging idiots said my initial comment was because i drove a rice burner.

        my comment on the corvette stands and it is fact. it is no way worth 200k.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's not just GM fanboys, fanboys in general are touchy bastards. They'll never grow up and realize that people are entitled to their opinions. It's one thing to mindlessly bad mouth a car, but if one guy thinks it's not worth it and another thinks it is, I don't see the point in arguing about it. Just different opinions. But you'll always have dumb guys who'll brand you a "ricer" or something similar if you don't like domestics and those who'll brand you a redneck if you do. Let's face it: fanboys are idiots, no matter which side of the fence they're on.
        • 6 Years Ago
        sounds like someone else is just an idiot...
        i have only ever driven a product of the Big 3 and will only ever drive the same...

        calling a duck a duck is nothing more than stating the obvious.
        the car is not worth $200k.... or even close.... like i said.
        The Ford GT is one of the greatest sports cars ever built and it is not even worth $200k.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i will only ever drive a product of the Big 3 out of loyalty.
        it has nothing to do with bias. if someone handed me keys to (fill in the blank) i would gladly take anything, but my money will be invested HERE in the industry and companies that made it possible for me to go to college and have been my source of income since graduating college. I have a loyalty to our companies that it seems is drying up. when people sink their money into a japanese product, those profits go back to the home base and are protected by trade agreements and "foreign earned income" laws. i love italians and germans, but those are "toys" for the garage... my driver will always be domestic. loyalty.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Loyalty is a bias.

        Bias can mean negative things and it can mean more noble things. Either way it means you express a preference that isn't based upon actual merit of the product itself.
        • 6 Years Ago
        silly GM fanboys.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sounds like someones got a case of the "I drive a '81 Honda that runs on 3 cylinders."
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wow, GM fanboys are touchy when it comes to this car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        blind bias? really?
        for one, i am looking at the car. i can see it. i can see its a fancy corvette tuned to spank the italians... and guess what? i like corvettes!
        for two, my original comment was very simple "not even close to worth it"... and guess what? ITS NOT!
        there are a lot of tuning companies that take mustangs, corvettes, camaros, etc and turn them into cars that can spank italians too. are they worth 200k for that reason alone? absolutely not!
        when you buy a ferrari, you pay $150+ because its a FERRARI. it buys you membership into the club. whether you like it or not, thats the truth. lots of cars beat ferraris, but when you see them on the street you still drool.
        corvettes are not that. they are corvettes. they are great examples of american engineering and are B.A.... i like them. I like mustangs too..... my original comment stands.
        i feel like this site is full of 16 year old kids all hopped up on kool-aid and are justing waiting to fly off the handle on anyone who expresses an opinion differing from their own...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dang! That's alot of money.

      Can't you just mod the Z06, get similar performance and save yourself some bucks?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Dang. If I lived over there, I would try to import one from North America instead of paying double.
        • 6 Years Ago
        KeatMP: you could get a bargain in the States because of the exchange rate by importing one, but then, you'd pay the following:

        - shipping and port fees
        - customs charges
        - European import duty on the European value of the car
        - VAT on the value of the car determined by Customs & Excise, not the amount paid for the vehicle
        - the costs involved in putting the vehicle through SVA Single-Vehicle Type Approval (lighting, emissions equipment, seat belt mounts, glass, etc etc etc along with all necessary conversion work.

        Suddenly it no longer becomes such a good deal.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Indeed.

        Dang, I love me some 'vette, but would never pay that much for one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm sure all of that still wouldnt cost $100,000.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Take off the (dutch) tax before you convert from Euros to dollars and it works out at more like $175k USD as that's the price you should be comparing really. Its still a lot, but no longer near double the price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      theres a car for 52K GBP id much rather have...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yuo should know that Kroymans do not sell Chevrolets, only Cadillacs and Corvettes. In europe Corvette are separed from Chevrolets.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ow.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not much considering the Z06 costs 110k euros
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sure they'll sell like three of them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Ferrari territory" would be the F430 Coupe, which starts at €156,000. That's quite a bit more than this Corvette's €136,000 tag. Since you like direct-conversion so much, that €20,000 difference equates to $31,185 USD. So with that in mind, saying it's "firmly in Ferrari territory" is overstating things just slightly, as that would be akin to saying the $70,000 Z06 is firmly in the $100,000 911 GT3's territory, which it simply is not.

      People really need to stop trying to compare European pricing directly to North American pricing, especially when those people are in the automotive journalism group.
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