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Old 03-09-2016, 05:34 PM
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Porsche started life as a hot-rod VW Beetle... they did OK managing their brand...

I don't see why a "Chevy" has to be eternal ban to automotive hell... you perform, you win.

A mid-engine car is no more expensive to produce than any other car... again, Porsche has the Boxster/Cayman as their entry level product.

There is absolutely a market for a high-performance, track oriented mid-engined Corvette at a $150K price-point...

Buyers in this market do not "choose" between one car or another... they just buy both.

If you think a Corvette buyer who would happily pay $100K for a loaded Z06 to drive to the coffee shop on Saturday would not simply add a mid-engined car to his collection, you don't understand the market.

I don't know one of my car buddies that does not own at least 4 cars... I know plenty that have 8 or 10.
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Old 03-09-2016, 06:02 PM
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A mid engine Corvette is likely though who knows when. Simple physics says a car with a mid engine will corner better than one with weight spaced out at the ends, such as every Corvette ever made has been. Sure, Chevy finally balanced the car's weight front and rear but the weight is still in the wrong place. Just look at figure skaters who spin faster by pulling in their arms as a prime example of conservation of energy. Corvette Racing will have to have one sooner or later to remain competitve and it will find its way into production for the masses. There may be a higher cost due to redesign and retool but the C7 is a completely new car and they kept the price similar to C6 models so who knows. Can we afford it? Some can.
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Old 03-09-2016, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Zman460 View Post
I would rather keep the front engine Corvette instead of trying to change the legend of Corvette. American made not following foreign cars. It's a fantastic sports car. I don't even like the pictures of what it might look like. Sort of like a lousy Porche.
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Old 03-09-2016, 07:27 PM
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In my personal opinion, the so-called prototype looks nothing more than a 1980's Ferrari 308 GTS.
" Not acceptable".
GM, you can do better than this.
This was my first time that I purchased a GM car since 1987, my 2014 C7 was love at first sight, I did not even road test the car, It was and still is an American ICON and looks like one.
However, this Mid-engine protoype as far as what I can see looks unacceptable.
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Forget about building a mid-engine Corvette to compete with the Ford GT, how about competing with Porsche and Ferrari?

Read the rest on the Corvette Forum homepage. >>
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Old 03-09-2016, 07:29 PM
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Hear hear
Agreed 100%.

My sentiments exactly.
Keep up the faith.
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Old 03-09-2016, 10:08 PM
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While the mid engine is a nice dream, somebody in Bowling Green better quit the dreams and get the present C7 straightened out. This month's Consumer Reports gave the C7 a dependably rating of "Much Worse Than Average". That does wonders for growing your ownership base. It is not like this is a first years model with the usual teething pains. Do what you do well and get the current model fixed.
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Old 03-10-2016, 01:30 PM
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Why did they say it was much worse than average?

I sometimes wonder about their opinions. What standards do they use? C4? (I can say that cuz I own one)
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Old 03-10-2016, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by TAMC66 View Post
While the mid engine is a nice dream, somebody in Bowling Green better quit the dreams and get the present C7 straightened out. This month's Consumer Reports gave the C7 a dependably rating of "Much Worse Than Average". That does wonders for growing your ownership base. It is not like this is a first years model with the usual teething pains. Do what you do well and get the current model fixed.
I'm glad I bought an extended warranty package last month.
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This car would make Zora smile.

What would he say? "So, forty years later, you're finally getting around to building the car I wanted in the seventies."
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I discussed the future C8 with my dealer's salesman the other day. He feels that the average Corvette enthusiast will not spend upwards to one hundred fifty thousand dollars. A price that high will kill demand and the future of the Corvette will be questionable. If GM does go mid engine it will have to coexist; Z06 ($100,000) versus Stingray ($60,000).
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Old 06-01-2016, 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Larry/car View Post
I discussed the future C8 with my dealer's salesman the other day. He feels that the average Corvette enthusiast will not spend upwards to one hundred fifty thousand dollars. A price that high will kill demand and the future of the Corvette will be questionable. If GM does go mid engine it will have to coexist; Z06 ($100,000) versus Stingray ($60,000).
I could get a Stingray at $60k, even though I drive a 30 year old Vette today. But if I'm going to spend over $100k on a machine, it needs to have a turbo and a service ceiling of 25,000 feet. Or at least floats and fishing gear.
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Old 06-01-2016, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by 86C4Z51 View Post
It looks Corvettish, but is there THAT much to be gained with a mid-engine arrangement?
If there were no advantage you would still be seeing front engined roadsters at Indianapolis. Don Panoz tried competing in sports car racing with a front engined car. Maybe it's not that important with street cars, but Chevrolet is trying to compete on the international stage in Motorsports and use it as a marketing tool.
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Old 06-11-2016, 02:19 PM
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No V-8, no chance I would ever buy. Period.
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Forget about building a mid-engine Corvette to compete with the Ford GT, how about competing with Porsche and Ferrari?

Read the rest on the Corvette Forum homepage. >>
When Ford brought back the GT-40, it set the mark. It's a monster that can deal with P and F. Corvette has to get cooler then this to make the mid-engine a car we all want.
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Old 06-11-2016, 03:27 PM
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If you travel much you might not want a mid-engine car.




Trunk of a mid-engine Ferrari




Trunk of a C7

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Old 06-11-2016, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Detroit Steel View Post
Do we know the provenance of this rendering? It appears to be someone's best "guess" as to what it MIGHT look like so I wouldn't base any comments on what we're seeing The Corvette design studio is probably laughing at all the speculation.
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Old 06-11-2016, 04:39 PM
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There are 4 reasons why I would never buy a mid-engine car:
1. I've driven many mid and rear engine cars - Ferrari, 911, Cayman, Boxster, and more, and my first car was a Corvair. On the freeway, every one , the front of the car bounced a lot - very annoying, uncomfortable and disturbing.
2. No luggage space - I like long trips.
3. They are usually more difficult to get in and out of because of wider door sills.
4. Much higher price.
Not interested!
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Old 06-11-2016, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by C7 BOB View Post
There are 4 reasons why I would never buy a mid-engine car:
1. I've driven many mid and rear engine cars - Ferrari, 911, Cayman, Boxster, and more, and my first car was a Corvair. On the freeway, every one , the front of the car bounced a lot - very annoying, uncomfortable and disturbing.
2. No luggage space - I like long trips.
3. They are usually more difficult to get in and out of because of wider door sills.
4. Much higher price.
Not interested!
My first car was a Corvair, too. What a doozy of a car! Ralph Nader was right!

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Old 06-11-2016, 07:30 PM
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It would look much better with chrome wheels..
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Old 06-11-2016, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by C7 BOB View Post
There are 4 reasons why I would never buy a mid-engine car:
1. I've driven many mid and rear engine cars - Ferrari, 911, Cayman, Boxster, and more, and my first car was a Corvair. On the freeway, every one , the front of the car bounced a lot - very annoying, uncomfortable and disturbing.
2. No luggage space - I like long trips.
3. They are usually more difficult to get in and out of because of wider door sills.
4. Much higher price.
Not interested!
Totally agree with you on all points. We don't need the only new Corvette offering to cost 150k! Funny thing, I had a '62 Corvair in '65 and the front end would raise up so much on the freeway, I put a sand bag in the trunk (up front). Guess they didn't worry much about down force back then.
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