After reading up on a Corvette forum about the age of new Vette buyers in the mid 50's and Corvette being an "old mans car", I got to thinking.....
Corvette sales are down (barely over 10K a year for the last 2 or 3 years), new Corvette owner ages are up. GM would like to see both of those trends reverse. Now with the C7 on the horizon I can see sales going up but not the ages going down, So to kill two birds with one stone how about offering a Corvette based two-seater Pontiac (Phoenix??? or whatever its name) with a Pontiac styled body out of light/strong steel (I'd say aluminum buts it would be too pricey I think) with the upcoming Gen V 5.3 V8 out of the upcoming trucks in place of Corvettes Gen V 6.2 V8, cheaper interior (maybe nice cloth or leatherette or a combo of both), less content than the upcoming Corvette as well for around $42,000 delivered as a base model manual? It could be optioned up with other stuff to around $50K where the Corvette starts out now.
Would this step on Corvettes toes?
Would this help amortize the cost of the Corvette program and draw in more sales?
Would this get a younger buyer into a Corvette like two-seater? (Maybe steal some 370 Z type buyers???) (Maybe lure back some Trans-Am owners?)
Thoughts you might have?
I figure the C7 will start at or above 50K for a base model 1LT Vette that weighs 3350 pounds maybe. That will probably get you the Gen V 6.2 V8 with 450 to 475 HP and a lot of nicer interior stuff than the current C6. A 350 to 375 HP Gen V 5.3 V8 in this two-seat Pontiac with a steel body may weigh in at 3500 pounds. It would still have a good weight to power ratio and be more price attractive to some that can't swing a new Corvette but don't really want a Camaro.
I'm just spitballing all this here. Feel free to discuss. I'd love to have some real discussion on this and debate the pros and cons so please bring them up.