Mid-engine C8 Covette Destined for Failure? We Think Not

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Would a lack of cargo space, $20k price increase, or first-year jitters scare you away from buying a C8 Corvette?

Let’s be honest, given the fact that we know very little about the C8 Corvette right now, it’s a little silly to form a concrete opinion on it. We don’t know how much it’ll cost, what it’ll look like, and most certainly not how it’ll drive or perform. But that didn’t stop YouTuber Full Throttle Drive from making this video, which outlines the many reasons why he thinks the C8 Corvette is already a failure.

To be specific, our host has three particular reasons why this new model might just prove to be a major disappointment. The first, believe it or not, pertains to cargo space, of all things. “A lot of people daily drive their Corvettes,” our host notes. “They can go grocery shopping, they can go to Costco. The current C7 has 15 cubic-feet of cargo space, which is a lot.”

C8 Corvette

Obviously, the mid-engine C8 Corvette promises to lose a lot of that. But do people really care, so long as you’ve got space for a couple of golf clubs and/or suitcases? We’re not so convinced.

Next up is the old adage that people shy away from buying the first year of a brand new model. Personally, we’ve adhered to this in the past, and the C8 Corvette is a radically new vehicle. However, this factor is often diminished when you’re talking about exciting new performance cars. Lots of people are going to want to buy the C8 Corvette as soon as it hits dealer lots, mainly because of its newness and cool factor.

C8 Corvette

Our host’s final reason? Cost. Even though he believes the starting price will come in at “only” $70-$75k, he notes that that’s a “major increase” over the C7’s $55k base price. And sure, $20k is a lot of money. But if the C8 Corvette offers enough content, quality, and performance to justify that extra cost, won’t people line up to pay it? After all, we aren’t talking about an entry level muscle car here. The Corvette carries sports car prominence.

At the end of the day, it’s hard to imagine the C8 Corvette flopping for any of these three reasons. Unless, of course, prices do in fact land somewhere in the rumored mid-$100k range. Otherwise, we doubt Chevy will have any problem selling them, honestly.

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Brett Foote has been covering the auto industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ popular Auto Group websites, including Corvette Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among others.

Foote has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles and every other type of automobile, Foote had spent several years running parts for local dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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