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  • MidEngine Corvette Vs C7: Which to Buy?

    The C7 Corvette is an amazing machine and the C8 is likely to be a fantastic car as well, but here are the reasons why right now is the best time to buy a Corvette. Torque News reports.

    If you are interested in buying a Corvette right now might be the best time to do it! The C8 Corvette is right around the corner and while it may seem like a good idea to wait for it, there are a few reasons why that might not be the best plan. The 7th generation Corvette is not only more affordable than ever but it's got supercar killing performance for a fraction of the cost!

    Overall, the entire Corvette lineup is solid and you really can't go wrong with any car from any generation, but buying the very first one made could be a mistake. Especially since in this situation. It's an entirely new architecture.

  • #2
    While the C7 is undeniably an awesome Vette (the best one yet), the C7 will be immediately overshadowed by the C8. The C7 will look old in comparison.

    This happens with every new Corvette Generation.


    Relatively to build quality and the new mid-engine platform, GM has built ~100 C8 mules so far, many of which came off the BG assembly line (my understanding).

    While that's no guarantee of a production C8 that's free of build quality issues, it does help substantially.
    My C8:
    '20 Elkhart Lake Blue 2LT Coupe, Natural Interior, GT2 Two-Tone Seats, Performance Exhaust, Front Lift, Carbon Flash Wheels, Engine Appearance Package 2000 Status December 27, 2019; 3000 Status January 2, 2020; 3400 Status March 10, 2020;TPW March 16, 2020; Built June 4th, 2020 (COVID-19); Delivery July 1, 2020

    Current Vettes:
    '68 Lemans Blue 327/350 Convertible
    '91 Turquoise Convertible with Hardtop
    '14 Lime Rock Green 2LT Convertible, Black Top, Kalahari, 7-Speed, Performance Exhaust

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mobius
      While the C7 is undeniably an awesome Vette (the best one yet), the C7 will be immediately overshadowed by the C8. The C7 will look old in comparison.
      Choose for yourself in the Chazcron rendering, i.e., which one to you, looks like a new Corvette?


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      GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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      • #4
        Buying a C7 now when you can get great deals on thoroughly debugged high performance machine is the sensible thing to do. Buying a C8 is the exciting thing to do.

        Which way do you lean, sensible & smart or exciting & risky?
        Maybe the answer to that will help determine what you would be most happy doing.


        Note: of course, the best thing about this dilemma is that there is no wrong answer!
        Last edited by Klinn; 06-27-2019, 01:37 PM.

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        • #5
          The only advice I give to people is to follow their own hearts and minds and budgets, and if in their doing that they are okay with waiting 21 days to see whether option A or option B would work best for them, then I suggest they do that. And if they can not do that, pull the trigger on a C7 now.

          Other than that, heck, I do not even know what is best for me to do some of the time.
          Last edited by John; 06-27-2019, 01:37 PM.
          GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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          • #6
            Love the looks and performance of our C7 '17 GS and previous '15.Z51. However, looking forward to the advanced styling and ME of the C8 with DCT and hope to have no transmission issues as many of us experienced with the 8A.
            Heidi
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            2021 TR HTC 2LT (HTM DTH D86 E60 FE2 Q8T J6F NPP VQK AH2 SQU AH2)

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            • #7
              One will be thrilled by buying a C7 now especially due its greatly discounted pricing. This is also the last chance to buy a manual Corvette I believe.

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              • #8
                A personal decision. The best way to make the right decision if it is to be a C7 or a C8 is simply wait three weeks. There will be a C7s left at the time of reveal of the C8. Budget may be a consideration. Pricing on C7s will never be better. C8s may be too pricey etc. etc.

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                • #9
                  Latest and Greatest, Performance, Handling, Technology, (Looks though subjective) always comes with an elevated price tag. I am in on the C8 Hardtop Convertible loaded with all the options first year production. If pricing is reasonably in line with past Vette production. Fully Loaded up 90K ???? Anyway we'll soon see the product and numbers. There are many other options if the price is going to elevate beyond that.
                  Rocket City Florida- 2001 ZO6 - 2013 427 Vert - 2020 Stingray

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                  • #10
                    Tough choice, I really like my 2014 vert. I'm actually thinking of keeping my C7, and selling my low mile 91 NSX to fund the purchase of the C8. Well at least today anyway

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                    • #11
                      Yes, bobbytinvab, to your keeping your C7 and your getting a C8!
                      GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                      • #12
                        All of a sudden seeing a ton more of C7's on the road.

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                        • #13
                          Here's a novel idea: don't buy a new Corvette right now if you don't like the C8! Wait for several months, perhaps even a year(s) and ponder what could be a new offering of a front engine model following the C8. GM has not said it won't happen!! Don't rule it out!!

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                          • #14
                            You are correct ltomn. GM has only said they are not going to build the C7 FE anymore after their final shutdown date. They have never indicated that they wouldn't build a C8 FE. In fact there are numerous indications of a C8 FE coming after the C8 ME at a later date. The Spring Hill, Tennessee Engine Plant Union Boss spilled the beans on this very subject. He said his Plant was building a new engine (LT2) and that engine would also be used in the traditional Corvette(FE) after the C8 ME reveal at a later date.

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                            • #15
                              as awesome as the c7 is....and its dam tempting after just test driving the 650 hp c7 z06...

                              new to new in the 3rd and 4th quarter of this year i think the pricing is about the same for the sports z51 fe4 c8 and a left over c7 z06 1or 2 lz..give or take five grand...

                              id lean on the c8 z51 fe4...

                              the initial turn in feel of a mid engine aports car is very enjoyable even on daily driven street fun...

                              the c7 z06 is a beast and worthy of anyones particular choices...

                              but sonce you asked for an opinion...

                              i just gave mine...

                              with the camaro struggling... i wouldnt be surprised to see some type of mophing between the c7 corvette and the camaro to fill a niche...

                              i believe the new vehicle will have two small rear jump seats though...as useless as the porsche 911 seats or ferrari portofino...

                              im not sure about the platform though...

                              honestly the alpha platform of the sixth gen camaro is and please I don't want to get flamed too badly as impressive from both a performance and rigidity perspective as the c7 s ...

                              the alpha platform series two could be the foundation of the new lt2 fe8...

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