Chevrolet shows off new Corvette at Detroit

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Chevrolet shows off new Corvette at Detroit

The Detroit motor show is now in full swing, and American firm General Motors (owner of Vauxhall/Opel, Chevrolet and more) are taking the opportunity of a show in their home town to reveal the brand new Corvette.

With looks rather reminiscent of the Ferrari 599, the first new Corvette in nine years is arguably a very handsome looking beast – and should cause rather a stir when it goes on sale in the states late this year.

Not many details have as yet been released, but Chevrolet seems to be trying its utmost to make this the best performing Corvette so far.

For starters, it's brought in a brand new aluminium structure, shaving off an impressive 45kg from the old car's curb weight. The bonnet has also been given the weight-shaving treatment, now made from carbon fibre. This, combined with some other super-light body panels, has shaved off another 17kg.

This new structure is stiffer too, which should go some way to dismiss the handling complaints that American cars often receive, and re-worked, more powerful engines are also likely to help.

Chevrolet are particularly proud of their new top-of-the-range model, badged 'Stingray' for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Fitted with a 're-worked' 6.2-litre V8, the famous nameplate is now pushed along by 450bhp and – perhaps even more impressively – 609Nm of torque. There are no acceleration figures as yet, but Autocar says insiders have put its 0-60 time at less than four seconds.

Sadly, it looks like the 'vette won't be reaching these shores in right-hand-drive mode – with reports suggesting it will start to be imported only with the wheel on the left as soon as US production starts, priced around the £50,000 mark.

Would the lack of a right-hand-drive model put you off the beefy new Corvette? Or is the price just too good to miss? Let us know in the comments below.