- I've used my own photographs for this post - taken at the 2019 LA Auto Show

Never mind the engine placement - the Corvette C8 Stingray is tremendous

A few words on the C8, as seen as this year's LA Auto Show.

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Whenever any manufacturer introduces a new car, the reaction is always invariably the same, "it's not as good as the last one". Car people always do this and we've seen it with the new Corvette C8 Stingray which, as everyone knows by now, has its engine in the middle.

I believe this is because a lot of people are afraid of change and generally underestimate the size of the car industry. The Corvette is made by Chevrolet, which is part of General Motors, and GM is an international, and public, company and it has the resources and the capacity to intercept what's going on in the automotive industry way before you and I can. The company employs over 170,000 people and there are several countries in the world with a smaller population than that. Car companies like GM probably employ two separate teams of a dozen people whose only job is to make decisions on things like the number of buttons on the steering wheel and this means that if they decide to change the Corvette and make it mid-engined, is because they probably know what they're doing.

Of course, the automotive industry has a long and varied history of carmakers actually getting it spectacularly wrong but the fact of the matter is that 99% of the time they're right and in this instance, Chevrolet did something only two or three other manufacturers on the planet could have done.

I personally think the C8 is magnificent, a step ahead of its "dad" in terms of looks and a million miles ahead in terms of customization, interior and general build quality and while I do understand that at the end of day you can't really argue with personal taste, I think it is now a good time to take a moment and remember what the Corvette C8 actually is.

In this world we're currently living in, carmakers and customers have very little power of veto when it comes to cars because the industry is run by regulators. Regulations, both local and international, dictate how long and short and tall and powerful the car should be. When it comes to design, form follows function but they both report to regulations. And when it comes to engine and power, fuel efficiency and performance are both members of the board, but regulation is the CEO.

In the current climate, Chevrolet built a 6.2 L naturally aspirated mid-engine V8 sportscar that does 0-60 in under 3 seconds, and they've done all that in a car that costs less than $60,000. Obviously the price is going to go up with all the bells and whistles you might wanna add but it is still going to be astoundingly cheaper than competition.

I think the C8 is a statement of intent by Chevrolet. This is GM saying to both competition and regulators, "we've seen your emission standards and your $200,000+ supercars and this is our response because why not". Read it and weep.

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Comments (22)

  • Never thought I would own a vette. The previous models were just not my style. I saw and read about the C8 and placed my deposit. This car is beautiful. I can’t wait!!!

      7 months ago
    • Leaps and bounds over the late 70's and 80's models that seemed to dominate the Corvette style for an eternity. A breath of fresh air 👍

        7 months ago
    • well great for you! what colour?

        7 months ago
  • I have never been a Corvette guy. Or even an American car guy. But I am buying this beauty.

      7 months ago
  • Something Chevy did also is improve the platform and improve the everything of the vehicle respectfully. They did not try and turn it into an electric SUV crossover and call it a Corvette 🖒😁 thank god there is still some sanity in the marketplace. Chevy also urged independent dealerships to sell them for MSRP , so if your in the position to byy one and encounter a dealership trying to gouge the price just order your car elsewhere. I want one and am saving for it currently. I should be able to buy it in 3 years 😁

      7 months ago
  • I like the looks and design but I do not like that GM retained the Corvette name. I wish they had retired the Corvette name and brought back a blast from the past name or gave it a Ferrari style designation like 812 Superfast.

      7 months ago
  • My first Corvette was a 1963 split window coupe since then I have owned a 1967, 1969, 1975 and 2005. The new rear engine Corvette is years past due. Now that it is hear I would like to express a few design gaffs. The exterior is way too edgy and needs to be softened. The interior looks like a bad dream with absolutely no thought of integrated flow of switches, buttons and gps screen. Having the interior look like a rainbow of colors just looks a mess. Soften the exterior, spend a little time adjusting and simplifying the complete interior and eliminate the rainbow colors.

      7 months ago