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Mid engine C8 Corvette to start at right under $60k

Discussion in 'Auto News & Rumors' started by hmk123, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. hmk123

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    Impressive. I'd say as impressive now as Viper was in the 90s.
     
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    I'm really, really impressed with this. I wasn't really a Corvette fan in the past, but wow... I want one.
     
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    I could see a whole new generation getting into cars because of this.
     
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    Way to many lines and creases for my tastes. And what is up with that interior? That is the oddest shaped steering wheel I've seen.
     
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    Jalopnik writes: “the new C8 packs a 6.2-liter V8 with 495 horsepower mounted behind the driver for the first time in production spec. It is estimated to do zero to 60 mph in under three seconds and has an eight-speed paddle-shift dual-clutch gearbox. We don’t know exact pricing details yet, but since it will start under $60,000, it may well have punted several competitors (including more expensive ones) into the trash right away.”

    I agree. In one swoop, $75,000 Hellcats, $80,000 GT500s, $120,000 GT-Rs and $200,000 NSXs became yesterday news.
     
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    I know I'm old school but was very surprised they aren't offering a manual version. We all get that it's slower but still seems like a mistake, especially for a Corvette. It may start under 60k but will be interesting to see what they sticker at with typical option packages. Regardless, it definitely seems like a bargain compared to anything else in it's class.
     
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    I agree that one can argue about the typical over the top GM design. But I will need to see it in person first.

    But price wise it seems incredible and what many deemed impossible. As Aldo posted, it puts a lot of cars to shame. I think cloth seats are a Corvette first. So with some options it will probably be $70k. Still impressive.

    Challenger still has the “advantage” of being a true GT car. Personally, I prefer that big space. A lot depends on whether you prefer the twisty mountain road over the long straight highway...,
     
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    I like the mid-engine design. Not too crazy about the back, but overall nice all around. The passenger seat seems cramped, but it could just be the picture I saw of the interior. What disappointed me the most was the hp. You have to have over 500hp in this thing....especially being totally redesigned. I'm sure it does, but for some people that hp number is important. Advertise it at 515, 520hp, etc., and on paper and marketing purposes, it looks a bit more impressive. Like Valiant67 said.....looks impressive as a late 90s Viper. I'm sure the Z06/ZR1 numbers will be as impressive as the Demon/Hellcat Redeye Challengers. And at a little over 3300 lbs, the vehicle will definitely fly. But I do like it. Hopefully they sell well.
     
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    Yeah... Hellcat just lost a lot of relevance. This looks way more exotic and with the Z51 package will be much faster than a Hellcat.
     
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    Maybe with this new Corvette, Dodge may look back into creating something that may rival this. Never know.......
     
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    This is big. Imagine a Camaro coming in under this with a slightly detuned version.
     
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    Choice is always nice, but unless you already have a loyal following you have to always ask yourself: what different am I offering customers? The original Viper for sure did. These days it gets tougher and tougher. Friend and I were watching the unveil and we were critiquing little things here and there and then we heard the price and we shut up...
     
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    First impressive thing I've seen from GM since the Envoy back in 2002.
     
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    We had a C7 Z51. Wonderful car. While not C8 territory it was also a lot of performance for its price. However, it is gone now and I prefer my (2010!) Challenger R/T over it. I fit. Comfortably. I don't have to crawl in and out. Don't get me wrong, the C8 is impressive and I applaud them. But a sports car is not for everyone. Some people prefer to come home from Costco with both toilet paper AND paper towels. :)
     
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    Agreed, the Charger and Challenger are way better as daily drivers. They just don't have the appearance of being something so special, especially when you compare the cost of the Hellcat Redeye to the (presumed) cost of the C8. I'm not super comfortable in the C7, but for a car that looks (and I assume drives) like something far more expensive, I could definitely make do with less room. The passenger seat could be extra cargo space too. Who needs passengers? ;)
     
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    IMO the NSX has a lot of cool technology with its hybrid 3-motor system which helps justify some of the cost. Won't be long before the Corvette (and many others) go down a similar path.

    Unfortunately the Acura lacks the soul (and looks) of its competition at that price point.
     
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    The Corvette looks way better than the current Ford GT imo. I hate the flying buttresses. I hope the C8 is successful.

    Now we start dreaming of what a proper response from Dodge a la new Viper would be.
     
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    Inspired by the 1963-64 Chrysler no doubt!!

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