Though we don’t know him personally, it’s probably fair to assume movie star Sylvester Stallone doesn’t like taking no for an answer.
So when he decided he wanted the keys to one of Chevy’s new Corvette Stingray sports cars and discovered buyers were facing year-long wait times, he was probably reaching for that red Rambo bandana and an M16.
But not being short of cash, having recently put his Beverly Hills mansion up for sale at £80m ($110m) and moved to Florida, and fully aware that a media-savvy Chevy dealer might recognise the value in finding a car for the Rocky star, Stallone was able to leapfrog thousands of patient Corvette fans and take delivery of a C8 convertible.
As the name suggests, the C8 is the eighth iteration of America’s iconic sports car, which first appeared back in 1953.
But what makes the C8 such hot property is that it’s gone mid-engined for the first time in its life, switching from sports car to junior supercar to become America’s answer to the Audi R8. But with a starting price of under $60k (£44k) in the US, it’s less than half the price of the Audi.
At £44k it's also around half the price of the official UK cars arriving here later this year. The Corvette coupé will cost from £81,700 in Britain, and the convertible, £87,110, and for the first time those UK cars will come in right-hand drive.
Fortunately, some of that price discrepancy is accounted for by better equipment levels on European cars. US Corvettes are available in LT1, LT2 and LT3 trims, but UK models start at LT2 and feature a head-up display, 14-speaker Bose hifi and ventilated seats as standard. They’re also fitted with the Z51 performance pack, an option in the US that comprises upgraded brake and suspension components, sports exhaust and shorter gearing for even quicker acceleration.
The standard car comes with a 495bhp 6.2-litre V8 and can hit 60mph in 2.9sec, though Chevy is already working on a faster Z06 and ZR1 Corvettes with up to 800bhp.
But Stallone seems suitably knocked out by his regular Corvette in pictures of him taking delivery from Tennessee Chevy dealer Bo Trivett, who personally handed over the car in Florida.