This one was at Laguna Seca during the Motorsport Reunion. They had a pretty cool cutaway car too. I wanted to hold off on my opinion until I saw one in person.
While I love the idea of a high performance mid engine car for relatively cheap, the design leaves a lot to be desired. There are just so many creases that don’t need to exist. The over styling of the exterior just makes it look like a cheap video game knockoff. The Acura booth was just a hundred feet away and I could of sworn they had a Corvette too, but it was just the NSX.
The Audi R8, Mclaren 570, Ferrari 488, and Lamborghini Huracan all are mid engine but still look unique and interesting. I don’t understand how GM and Acura could come up with such bland designs.
Compounding this problem was every 80s-90s mid engine car was in town over the weekend. Every one of them with simple lines that flow across the entire car. No gigantic vents or overly aggressive faces. Not a transformer to be seen.
I loved seeing the cutaway car. It’s great to see a company go through so much effort to show people the guts of their new car.
Without the trunk insert, there is significant room for forced induction related activities. But this also brings me to my next complaint.
The Corvette has always been a working mans sports car. To me this means I should be able to do most repairs on it at home, like every other generation of Corvette. That’s just not possible for your average home mechanic with a mid engine configuration. So while depreciation will eventually make these easily accessible to everyone. They will be extra expensive to maintain and end up neglected like most BMWs and Mercedes once they reach that 2nd or 3rd owner.
As for GM’s argument that the Corvette was tapped out on performance without the move to mid engine, who cares. A base C7 is already way more powerful than you can ever use on the street, and a Z06 could harass almost anything on a track. You don’t have to keep pushing down 0-60 times just to look cool, it doesn’t mean anything anymore. The lack of a manual is just absurd. The take rate was still decent and unless you are a dedicated track rat, shift times mean absolutely nothing. You aren’t going to be seeing many base C8s on a track anytime soon.
TL:DR: The Corvette C8 is a game changing performance bargain of the decade, and I hate it.