Corvette Stingray not coming to South Korea as its V8 engine is too noisy

Article by Andrew Christian, on November 13, 2014

Everyone loves sports cars and most of you folks are in love with the proper sound delivered by a powerful V8 engine. Still, it appears that South Korean buyers will not be able to enjoy the sound of the V8 engine found on the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray as the vehicle is currently being delayed by the country’s regulation on automobile noise.

These words came from Chevrolet Korea CEO Sergio Rocha, who also said that only 12 Corvettes are imported to Korea every year, which means that bringing the Corvette Stingray to Korea makes no sense. As a result, the company will not try to spend its resources and convince lawmakers to change the noise law only to sell 12 vehicles per year.

For those who don’t know, the 2014 Corvette Stingray is powered by a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine that produces 450 hp and 450 lb-ft (610 Nm) of torque. The engine is bolted to a seven-speed manual transmission as standard, while as an option Chevrolet offers a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

For the 2015MY, the Corvette Stingray will be available with a more fuel-efficient paddle-shift 8-speed automatic transmission, which allows it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds (0.1 faster than the 2014MY) and runs the quarter mile in 11.9 seconds (0.1 seconds faster).

Using the 8-speed transmission, the Corvette Stingray will return a fuel economy of 16 mpg in the city, 20 mpg combined and 29 mpg on the highway.

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