Hi guys. I just wanted to run something by you. I am a member of the automotive media, and was recently up at the Tonawanda engine plant. In the dinner the night before the tour, myself and some other journos were discussing GM's efforts of trying to make the C7 appeal to a younger crowd, and the topic of a "step-up" model came up. The obvious first response is the Camaro, but we decided the Camaro appealed to a different customer than the Corvette, and didn't necessarily represent a logical stair-step up to the Corvette.
I threw out the idea of taking the basic styling and packaging of the Code 130-R concept (i.e. small Alpha coupe) and stuff a Gen-V V8 under the hood. My premise was this, a lot of the drifters and grass-roots rear-drive performance enthusiasts are taking Nissan 240SXs and stuffing Gen-III and IV small-blocks under the hood. Also, the current affordable RWD performance vehicles on the road (i.e. Subaru BRZ, Mazda Miata) don't get especially good fuel economy, and only put out 160-200 hp. What if you could get the same FE (at least by EPA numbers) but with double the HP? Price it right around $30k. I think it would appeal to a different customer and demographic than the Camaro, and could be pretty popular. What do you think? Below is a video Hot Rod did showing the East Coast drift scene. Note most of the cars are imports, but most of them have an LS under the hood.