Impressive technology, relatively low list price and eye-catching look ̵
The biggest triumph of the C8 is that it represents a clear departure from tradition for an established automaker while remaining true to the long-standing Corvette ethos of democratizing the speed of the elite, its handling and distribution to the masses.
For the sake of clarity, Corvettes have never been "cheap" from a dealer's lot. But in the past, they have offered huge doses of power for their dollars. And if you look at the platform as a mid-engine, while this engine remains enormous and the overall package reasonably affordable, the concept takes it to a new level.
Until this week, a mid-engine mid-engine was pretty much Lamborghini-only. You can get it from a Chevy dealer soon.
In terms of historical gravity and overall taste, the C8 launch has surpassed just about everything we've been looking forward to in the garbage in recent years. OK, that's a little hyperbolic, but think about it:
The 2019 Ford Ranger is a mild overhaul of the 2012 design.
The EcoBoost Ford GT is cool, but unobtanisch. You will be lucky enough to see one, let alone one in your life. The new NSX is not all that exclusive, but it still starts at nearly twice the implied EIA of the C8 of $ 59,999.
The Toyota Supra seems to be funny, but it's not based on a unique platform that unfortunately belittles its epic.
Everyone loves the JL Wrangler, but let's face it, it's a cautious evolution of its predecessor.
The Honda Civic Type R, the Dodge Challenger Demon, the Ford Focus RS, the Ford F-150 Raptor … all fun and good in their own way and impressive, but these cars are not unique in the C8 and monumentality.
The only recent car that is almost a microphone like the new Corvette is the Tesla Model 3. However, I'm scrapping points for it. Do you remember the $ 35,000 variant that disappeared due to lack of demand? (Do not worry, we're all ready to complain and complain if Chevy pulls this crap and quietly disappears the "under $ 60,000" C8 as well.)
Point is: you do not have to like the new Corvette, or I like sports cars not at all, but I realize that GM has done something truly legendary here. At least in concept – I just need to hedge enough so that I do not look like a dinghy when we drive with it and it feels like garbage. However, with almost 500 hp mounted behind the driver, there is no great danger that this will happen in my opinion.