I agree with jdp80 - GM is alienating current buyers and hoping for new ones. But Chevy ain't Ferrari, Lambo, McLaren. Chevy is not going to get those customers. Who are the going to get? Maybe there are other 55-75 year olds that don't like the current Vette but will the new one? 30-50 year olds mostly need more than 2 seats. This is risky. I hope GM the best.
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I don't see the issue with going from a Front engine to a mid engine
What I do see is a more exotic looking vehicle that appeals to a younger audience and perhaps a different older one?
I don't know but eventually it had to happen you just reach the point where all Vettes looked the same except the C7
I think C7 looked pretty damn good and was obviously a stepping stone to change the vehicle as it was such a departure from previous
Round tail lights anyone?
we were told round tail lights would be a turn off for traditional owners too
Coming from a Corvette family, where we own 5 going back to a ‘73, and reading the owners forums, I can tell you we’ve all gotten over the flip up head lights or tail lights. Those were nothing.
The mid engine thing? No more manual? Those are something. It’s not funny on the owners forums.
GM engineers and management better hire personal security.
can't justify the impracticality of owning a 2-seat sports car, that comes
later in life when perhaps more people can get by with one as their main ride
or even as a second or third vehicle.
Perspective, we are talking about a sliver of a sliver here and even in
a country of around 330 million, cars like these will sell in small numbers.
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I love how these opinions are already formed before anyone has seen it, driven it or know how much it will cost.
GM sucks at a lot of stuff, but one thing they do well is performance. I have no doubt its performance will be world class.
I know heaps of people lusted after Lambo's in the 70's and 80's but could never afford one and now they can so what do they buy?
I tell you it isnt a Corvette or a Mustang that every man can get
THey want that look
The constant negative coverage GM gets is mind boggling
So....what exactly is the hangup with moving the engine to the rear? Wasn't it done to IMPROVE performance? What is a Corvette for exactly, to cruise gently at the speed-limit by nostalgic retirees who only see the Corvette as a childhood fantasy finally realized? Corvettes are ALWAYS driving slower than the rest of traffic, it's hilarious to me! Corvette lost its exotic appeal long ago, this corrects it.
How about creating some new customers for a change?
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It seems like the more extreme GM makes its vehicles,
the fewer the buyers who are actually interested..
From another thread...
new C8 Corvette and fit the premise of a Euro Exotic fighter...
but they can't even put a Blackwing engine in a Blackwing V
Don't get me wrong, C8 is a brilliant effort, the thing I don't trust
has and always will be GM's pathetic marketing of all things performance.
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The success of this is going to depend on generation X having the desire and money to buy the new car, this is a huge gamble which as pointed out by GM suspension engineer wasn't required. However GM seeing Ford having people line up to pay $400,000+ for Ford GTs likely caused this, it came down to GM exces who made the decision on this one.
The problem here is that the interior is going to have less room and for those who daily drive their Corvettes (which is a shockingly high number) it won't be as good for that. It will get the initial bump however as sales drop cost per car will go up and this will end up being a $100,000+ dollar car in base form unless then can figure out how to sell 30,000+ units a year. I honestly don't think that they will be able to pull off such a high volume and I see this becoming a model that sells a few thousand a year at a $100,000+ price tag starting. Though that will likely be ok for GM, they are likely willing to accept such a change as margin should go up and they will be able to charge a premium for the car.
I could certainly see GM misunderstanding the customer in an effort to do something THEY want to do, but it's not like GM hasn't considered their options on moving the Corvette forward. This could be Chevy responding to GT which would be something of a corporate vanity project that completely ignores their customers, especially if the price is GT-like. But I think their goal is just to make the Corvette relevant again while moving it back toward the exotic and less toward the muscle-car. That may not be the right direction for the Chevy customer, but risk is part of the game.
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