2020 Corvette - What Do You Think?

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  1. CharlieO

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    I like it. In fact, I really like it. Whether the car appeals to you or not, I think that you should consider the great accomplishments of the GM engineers. They have built a technologically sophisticated high performance car at an amazingly attractive price, and I think that it is likely to be well-received in the marketplace. I know many Corvette owners who have been waiting for a mid-engine model for several years, and they will buy one. I suspect that some Ferrari and Lamborghini buyers will also become Corvette converts, and I won't be surprised if this car even appeals to sub-50 year old buyers. Remember back in the '60s and '70's when guys in their twenties actually bought Corvettes? I think that GM has a shot at winning a younger audience with this car.

    I have studied Corvettes for several years, beginning with the C4 from the mid-1980's. I'd never buy an early C4, but as I learned more about each particular model year I was amazed at the consistent improvements that were made. The same was true for the C5, C6, and C7, and the Corvette has evolved in to a great car. Doubters may be basing their opinions on memories of cars that were built 30 or 40 years ago. Spend some time in a 2014-2019 C7, and I think you will be convinced that Chevy has done a great job recently. As good as the C7 is, I'm betting that this new C8 is a huge leap forward.

    I get the idea that fans of the traditional front engine Vette are upset. It's a shame that Chevy can't offer more than one Corvette model, like Porsche does. If they continued the C7, they probably could have priced the C8 $20,000 higher and it still would have sold very well.
     
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    It's a decent, typical looking "super car" type of styling. I'm not gonna say it looks horrible, but it doesn't really move me, and I certainly don't think "Corvette" when I see it. I've never been into Corvettes, or Ferraris and the like. But that said, I would love me a silver '63 coupe with a red interior:

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    Thoughtful post. I’d heard for some time that the C7 would continue with the C8, but researched after your info and see that ain’t gonna happen. So I too hope the C8 is a huge success for GM. I’d hate to see the Corvette popularity fizzle, even though I’ve never owned one and likely never will. I’ve lusted after them for 56+ years and even though my wife repeatedly said “Go ahead!”
    I never drove a used one that grabbed me enough to buy it, and quit shopping when the C5 came along as I knew I’d likely succumb. The C6-C7 would plant their tendrils in me even more deeply, so I just stare. Hell, I still browse ads for C5-C6 convertibles with a manual. So tempting...

    I did start asking my Corvette loving friends. First is John, a marina owner who’s owned a slew of ‘em from 1950s to C5 and perhaps C6, and still has a few. He said “I’m kinda torn. I’m an older guy and really like the front engine platform because that’s what I’ve driven for years, but I’ll bet that new one is a great handling car, and fast.” He’s looking forward to seeing it.
     
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    I agree totally (and there’s really no debate) that the technology and price are an amazing combo. Performance will be right up there with $$$$$$$ supercars.

    I still can’t get behind the gee-whiz styling, though. Too busy for me. Many others will love it, of course - it’s subjective.

    In the stylist’s defense, the mid engine platforms are said to place constraints on what can be done. This is why most mid engine two-seaters look somewhat alike. And they probably did a lot of wind tunnel and CFD analysis that “shaped” bodywork as well.
     
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    I’m a Jeep guy.
     
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    I can't disagree. A silver '63 Stingray with a red interior and a 4-speed is as good as it gets in the Corvette universe. I'm having a hard time choosing between the whitewalls and the redlines. Still, I think I would rather drive the 2020.
     
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    Here’s a whole new portion of discussion, what do you think of this interior?

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    I’m not fond of the Great Wall of Buttons between driver and passenger. Nor the size of screen. In fairness, I don’t like the screens that size in any vehicle. If I want a computer monitor I’ll just stay home.

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    Well, looking at that interior there's no doubt it's a 100% American design, anyway.
     
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    Is it any more attention-seeking than the styling of the C7?

    I mean, the current model is anything but subtle...
     
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    Good point - but it’s the increased use of the origami approach on the new one that puts me off. Too busy for me, as I’ve said.
     
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    I wonder how much radar-evading technology has been built into it...
     
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    It has a new radar-evading right pedal :)
     
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    And how the Mighty have fallen.

    I don't know. I like way less than half of the vehicle interiors I see on 2019 vehicles.
     
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    When I was ten to twelve I had a slot car that was the 63 to 67 body style white with red interior. So change the silver to white and I will take one.
     
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