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.
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.