As of this month, South Koreans will be able to get themselves into a Corvette bought at their local Chevrolet dealer. General Motors wants to get more people in more lands behind the wheel of its icon to offset declining sales numbers here at home, and South Korea is an easier target for the moment because of the free trade agreement recently ratified between that country and the U.S.

The 430-horsepower Coupe model goes on sale May 4 for 86.4 million South Korean won ($76,528 U.S.). While the anti-tariff provisions of the free-trade agreement haven't come into force yet, the surcharge is actually down to things like shipping and exchange rates. The Corvette will join eight other Chevy models on sale on the Asian peninsula.



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      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if the Vette has been available in China and if so, how well received it is. I know it's available in Japan and has a dedicated following over there.
        Rob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        You can find any car in China nowadays. But the Chinese prefer to be backseat drivers. Hence the sports, extended-wheelbase super cars are selling like hot cakes there. Corvette sedan, anyone?
      Joe D. Weaver
      • 2 Years Ago
      4.8L ??? I haven't heard of that variant before. Ive only heard of the original 6.0L LS2 (400hp), the 6.2L LS3 (430hp, replaced the LS2), the 7.0L LS7 (505hp), and finally the supercharge 6.2L LS9 (638hp). If there is a 4.8L 430hp variant coming down the pipe that would be cool but I think thats just a typo.
      Jamie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since when did the Corvette come with a 4.8L engine?
        Reuben Kincaid
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jamie
        Yeah, what's that all about??? Is there an engine litre cap in Korea???? Hmmmm, but given the ligher weight of a 4.8 v 6.2 and equal HP, I wonder if it's faster than the stateside model?
      metalmatrix7
      • 2 Years Ago
      They have to mean 6.2 ls3 right?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lucky if GM can sell one or two Corvettes in this super protectionistic nation! And those two buyers will be Kia and Hyundai R&D. Then fast forward 3 years, we get a Korean-made (copied) Corvettes that will sell 100k units in US of A.
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob
        You're wrong...but if Hyundai/Kia offered a legitimate Corvette competitor in the $30-40k range I would be quite interested! (I'm talking about competing with the base model Corvette...not the ZR-1.)
        Wontae Cho
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob
        You dont know much about Korea do yoU? You are thinking of China.. Koreans make far better cars than CR*P they call Chevrolet. Chevrolet cars account for less than 5% of total sales in Korea because of that. They sold less than 50 Camaros last year. Hyundai GENESIS COUPE is not the biggest seller car but it is much better than CAMAROs.
        Hossi Blumengaarten
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob
        you are right Rob, the South Koreans are as protectionist as the Japanese but unlike the Japanese they look at foreigners down it makes no sense since Korea was ruled by Japan and then communist took half the country I am pretty sure no one will buy American cars even if they are better than their own, just like the Japanese and they do not even buy German cars
          Famsert
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Hossi Blumengaarten
          And the Americans haven't made better cars than the Japanese in decades bud. Only recently have they stepped it up and they still don't make cars that Japanese like.. Kei cars for example. And German cars are garbage lol. The Japanese want cars that last. It's not as rich a place as the US as resources are limited. People have to work very hard there and they sure as heck won't spend it on some German car that's going to break down in a few years.
          Famsert
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Hossi Blumengaarten
          Perhaps the japanese like relaible cars.
        Rob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob
        For references, it took Apple five years to crack the Korean MP3 market and two years for iPhone (which was blocked because it has location (i.e., GPS) feature that no Korean phones had).
          Famsert
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob
          I hope that's sarcasm. Honestly I can't tell sometimes.
          Wontae Cho
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob
          ALL 3G phones come with Qualcomm chip and ALL Qualcomm chip comes with GPS. You don't know much.. so stop making a fool out of yourself!
      ds fsdfds
      • 2 Years Ago
      4.8 liter 430 hp ?
      Fonin
      • 2 Years Ago
      maybe they took out the 1.4 liters to make the aveo ;)
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is going to be a bigger issue with the next-gen Corvette which is rumored to be slightly smaller, which would make it more friendly to the rest of the world's roads. Also if there is a (slightly) downsize of capacity in the next Vette engine, chances are it will be slightly more fuel efficient as well. Not that its going to sell in huge volumes, but its more of an image thing - show that the Corvette, and Chevy overall, is a true global brand not unlike Toyota, Honda and Ford which sell their vehicles essentially everywhere.
      Ghiath Ghanem
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope you will process my complaint.
      Ghiath Ghanem
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dear General Motors in South Korea, My name is JALAL SALAL, from Syria, I have Chevrolet Cruze car Model2010, and i have a problem in my car called (valve body asm r&r or replace), and the maintenance center in Damascus repaired the problem and get wages by invoice, and they told me that the problem is (Failure of the company), and i should tell you, In fact the car used about 28000 km only, and the problem occurred unexpectedly after i stopped the car, and when I came back to move it about two hours later the problem faced me. So what can i do now after i paid 175.650.000 Syrian bound. About 1200$, and the guarantee didn't end yet. please help me because i need your advise. By the way the event happened on Tuesday 11/6/2013, and i have the invoice which i paid the amount by it stamped from the maintenance center. I contact with DUBAI Center and they got me GM email in US and i sent many times but they didn't answer me, DUBAI Center advise me to look up for the middle east dealer, but i didn't find any one, so i write to you. I am waiting your request which commensurate with the name of your company. You can contact with me by this mail: gghanem65@yahoo.com , or mobile phone: +963 993261919. Best regards
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