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  • ABC News on the new ME Corvette

    https://abcnews.go.com/Business/decades-delay-inside-gm-mythic-mid-engine-corvette/story?id=62789071&fbclid=IwAR1H_t6hhp4vnKk4fTOB3u_ _TcaxOf-oGc3AbpikUqcnRB0Du2EzJY96Oto

    After decades of delay inside GM, 'mythic' mid-engine Corvette is in production

    It was the automotive world’s worst kept secret.

    Rumors have swirled for years that General Motors would finally acquiesce to industry pressure and transform its iconic sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette, into a mid-engine beast.

    Now it appears to be a reality.

    General Motors has allowed almost nothing about its next-generation Corvette -- referred to as the C8 -- to leak out. Corvette’s chief engineer, Tadge Juechter, was photographed in April driving a heavily-camouflaged C8 on the streets of New York. Excitement has only been building for Corvette enthusiasts and auto journalists, who will see the new car for the first time on July 18 in California.



    “I have never seen so much buzz around Corvette,” Dan Pund, editor at large for Car and Driver, told ABC News. “A mid-engine Corvette has been like a mythical creature.”

    General Motors hasn't released pricing details but industry insiders guess it might cost around $75,000.

    Corvette’s supercharged small block V8 engine had always been positioned up in the front, giving the 66-year-old classic American sports car its signature “wedge shape.” Even as Corvette engineers tweaked the engine’s acceleration and horsepower, competitors that have offered mid-engine cars for years were setting new performance records and powering ahead of Chevrolet in sales.

    “To be truly world class, you have to be mid-engine,” Jonny Lieberman, Motor Trend's senior features editor, told ABC News. He broke the story in 2014 that a mid-engine Corvette was in production.

    Motor Trend editors keep a database of sports car and supercar lap times they record at various race tracks around the world. Over the years, the only cars to beat the 755 horsepower ZR1, the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever built, were its mid-engine rivals.

    “The chassis can’t handle the power," he said. “There’s a lack of mechanical grip. The [ZR1’s] rear-end cannot put the power the engine is creating to the ground, which causes oversteer. One way to change that is going mid-engine.”
    (MORE: Auto insiders get candid about the industry's biggest trends)
    Forty Corvette aficionados have already put down deposits on the new C8, according to Gabriel Pineiro, a sales consultant at the Bomnin Chevrolet dealership in Miami.

    “I’d say 65% of Corvette buyers know about the C8,” Pineiro told ABC News, adding that even non-Corvette fans are walking into the dealership and asking to see the C8 in person.

    Bomnin Chevrolet, one of the largest Corvette dealers in the country, has about 300 current models in stock. Sales have been relatively strong, partially due to the $10,000 discount being offered, Pineiro said.

    “We’re a high-volume dealer and everything is market price. We’re trying to push hard for allocations of the C8,” he said.

    Bill Brunner, vice president and general manager of Paramus Chevrolet in New Jersey, said he's not selling as many Corvettes these days. But he's optimistic anticipation for the C8 will change that.

    He’s already taking deposits from customers even though he’s unsure if he'll get even a single C8 to sell.

    “I will tell you my first concern is to be on the list,” he told ABC News.

    If this level of excitement holds, sales of the C8 could be a blockbuster for GM.

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  • #2
    Folks need to relax on the "buzz". No overboard. I need to to see it perform after release.

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    • #3
      Great find meyerweb. Nice article. They are high on its estimated price however.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Boomer View Post
        Folks need to relax on the "buzz". No overboard. I need to to see it perform after release.
        Au contraire, for it performance is a concern, you can check that box off right now. As to the issue of its “buzz,” I was talking to a Sr. Writer of a top 3 auto-media company who has been in the biz for 25 years. He said that he has never seen a single car command so much attention before its reveal as has the ME Corvette. He and his team watch their site interest spike every time they publish anything about the C8.

        We are all part of this rocket ride.

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        • #5
          The anticipation (the Buzz) is half the fun. What's not to be excited about? We are finally getting the mid engine Corvette Zora and alot of us dreamed of. I've been doing this Corvette "thing" a long time and I have never been more excited about an upcoming generation of Corvette. So, pardon me for my unbridled enthusiasm. Bring on the next and best Corvette ever. We are ready.

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          • #6
            I can finally forget my 50 year daydream about a street legal Lola T70

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            • #7
              This is essentially a North American Ferrari, car enthusiasts have been dreaming of this for years.
              Torch Red C8 Spider

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              • #8
                Originally posted by John View Post
                Au contraire, for it performance is a concern, you can check that box off right now.
                That is my expectation. By "perform" I'm referring to the possibility of an issue coming to light after thousands have been deployed to the public. Again not expecting any but always figured I'd let it run some and let the "buzz" subside a little like I did with my C7 before I pulled the trigger. I should only need a month or two of observation after release.

                Thats why I'm eagerly waiting for you and other early buyers plus the trade journals to report on usage experience.

                Got cash in hand and ready to go!

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