America’s sports car is finally in the Philippines! Chevrolet’s halo car, the same one that debuted as a concept at General Motors’ Motorama in 1953, made its Southeast Asian launch at the recently concluded Chevrolet Motorama 2018 at SM Megamall.
Swathed in hot red just like the Prince song, “Little red Corvette,” the model in the spotlight is the 2019 Corvette Stingray Coupe 3LT that’s powered by an aluminum 6.2-liter V8 engine. 455-horsepower and 621-Nm of torque are sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual mode using paddle shifters.
“We are extremely proud that the Corvette’s first launch in Southeast Asia is happening in the Philippines. As we preview the legendary sports car in the country — on the 65th year anniversary no less — we are happy to provide the market with a driving experience like no other,” said Atty. Alberto B. Arcilla, President and Managing Director, TCCCI.
As a left-hand drive vehicle, Chevrolet saw it fit for the regional launch to be done in the Philippines. All units sold here will be sourced directly from the US. According to Portfolio Planning Director Charnsak Laicharoenchokchai of Thailand, they believe the Philippines is primed for a super sports car and more than the Camaro, they deemed it necessary to officially bring in, for the first time ever, the iconic Corvette.
“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. Throughout its history, the Corvette has proven the position of Chevrolet as a leader in producing vehicles with spirited performance and high quality design,” said Ian Nicholls, President of General Motors Southeast Asia.
It uses competition sport bucket seats, an eight-inch Chevrolet MyLink touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Bose 10-speaker premium sound system, magnetic selective ride control and a performance data recorder.
Even with a large V8 engine, the Corvette Stingray Coupe 3LT weighs just about as much as the four-door, four-seater Malibu (1.496 tons) and that’s because it uses a carbon fiber hood and composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels.
It also sports a removable roof panel for those days when you want to feel the wind on your face.
Take it out on the track and you can monitor your performance and vehicle data, like G-force and tire temperature, from an eight-inch LCD monitor on the driver information center right in the middle of the instrument cluster.
Every Corvette will come with a comprehensive five-year warranty program called Chevrolet Complete Care for your peace of mind.
The 2019 Corvette Stingray Coupe 3LT will be available at the dealerships starting first quarter of 2019 with an SRP of P8,546,888.
Text and photos by Eric Tipan