QOTD: Level-set for the C8 Vette?
Between 1953 and a few weeks ago, the Chevrolet Corvette stuck to a very specific formula: Engine at the front, driven wheels at the back. With the debut of the 2020 C8 Corvette, all of that changed. Today we want to find out what you think about the metamorphosis of an iconic sports car nameplate.
Upon its announcement, every automotive outlet trumpeted how the front-engine Corvette was dead. While opinions from the public have been mixed, Corvette loyalists have had a more negative view of the changes coming to their favorite car. Said loyalists have a point given the history of the model. But should that really matter here in The Current Year?
It’s easy enough to argue that General Motors did as much as it could with the Corvette’s traditional layout. The turn toward a mid-engine layout will undoubtedly reap benefits from a performance perspective (and at a value price). Perhaps that’s the core of Corvette loyalist complaints: Their beloved accessible performance car will now be something much more serious.
There are more than a couple of facets to address here. Are you okay with the fact that General Motors left the traditional Corvette layout in the dust? Secondly, given the entirely new format of the C8 Corvette (and its accompanying new looks), do you think it should still wear the same name? Or, would it be more appropriate to call it something else — C8 Grand Sport, perhaps? Maybe this new model is such a change in direction that the ties of old can be completely broken. Layout, looks, heritage be damned!
Bright future or bitter feels? Off to you.
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THX1136 on Aug 21, 2019
I haven't read everyone's comments on this so this may have been mentioned. The article from yesterday was interesting and I took a longer than normal look at the picture of the car. One thing occurred to me that I haven't heard mentioned much at all - it doesn't "look" like a Corvette. If you take the very general appearance of the car from, say 64 up to today, the Vette had a look that reminded the viewer of all that had come before back to 63/64. Maybe it's more a subliminal thing with the layout being the obvious and thus more noted in any objections. Maybe, just maybe, those who object - whether they would acknowledge it or not - don't like the car because they don't see a Vette in the sense I mentioned above. I think it's a wonderful looking car and would love to drive one, but I'm not a "Vette geek" (and I don't mean that in a negative way). Just a (uninformed) thought.
Golden2husky on Aug 21, 2019
I'll go with bright future. I'm quite a bit younger than the average Vette owner, but as a C7 driver I think on the surface (all we know at the moment) I'm happy with most of it. Two bad points - lack of a stick and the rear end. I could live with the rear end, but I really like shifting for myself. However, with the desire to row-your-own nearly dead it ultimately won't matter. I reserve judgement on the interior until I can see it myself. I suspect this car will appeal to traditionalists (mostly) but will certainly appeal to a new generation. Let's hope it's put together properly and its at least decent in reliability.
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