Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: GM | posted July 17, 2013 12:14
The sad truth
The all new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (C7) has been making waves in the U.S., and it seems it is being readied for a European release as well to take on the high performance sportscars from the Old World like Ferrari and Porsche.
We asked The Covenant Car Company, the distributors of Chevrolet in Philippines, as to the chances of the Corvette coming here, given that it's already being produced in LHD format in the U.S. and that the Camaro has already been offered for the past couple of years.
While we see those as positive points for the Corvette to arrive officially (meaning that all that's needed is to load them on boats for the journey across the Pacific along with the equipment necessary for servicing) apparently the problem is our low quality of fuel.
The LT1 engine is a 6.2 liter small block V8 and the most advanced engine ever put in a Corvette, but runs on Euro 4 fuel as standard.
The engine features a highly advanced computer-controlled combustion system, a high 11.5:1 compression ratio, direct injection, cylinder deactivation (for more efficient cruising), CVVT, and other engine tech. As a result, the LT1 makes 466 PS and a whopping 624 Newton meters of torque, propelling the car from a standstill to 60 mph (0-98 km/h, more or less) in under 4 seconds.
With only a few stations offering Euro 4 gasoline in the Philippines (most are Euro 2), the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is technically hampered from being officially sold or even concretely planned for by TCCCI.
Sad, isn't it?