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Old 03-14-2019, 12:13 AM
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Sports car buyers don't typically cross shop Corvettes and Porsches, but this mid-engined 500HP C8 may be the exception.
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:26 AM
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Hard to tell from camo shots, but it looks awesome. It'll never have the feel of a 718 or 981 though.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:39 AM
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Hard to tell from camo shots, but it looks awesome. It'll never have the feel of a 718 or 981 though.
I agree but having a md-engine will help. The next challenge will be the weight. If GM can keep the C8 to no more than 3300 lbs, it will be formidable.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:46 AM
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Competition is always good. It beats the heck out of regulation for improving things. Bravo!
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:21 AM
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I can't wait for the C8. No interest in buying one at the moment, but curious to see what Chevy brings to the market.

I think you'd have to be nuts (or ignorant) to buy one for a few years. It's been in development forever and there are still HUGE problems with the platform.

Also, no manual transmission...
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Old 03-15-2019, 06:58 PM
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Also waiting patiently to see the unveiling of the new mid-engine C8 Corvette. Not sure if it will be a good competitor for the 718, likely more vs. the 992.

Seems that the new Supra will also present some new competition along with its BMW cousin.
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:17 PM
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I think you just insulted the Corvette crowd. The C8 will be a competitor to the 911 not the 718.
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Old 03-17-2019, 09:10 AM
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I think you just insulted the Corvette crowd. The C8 will be a competitor to the 911 not the 718.
Kind of both isn't it? I know when I was car shopping most recently and landed on a 981S, I test drove a new Corvette Grand Sport, 981, 981S, and 718/S. I'm sure 911 buyers may go to the dark side too, but it will take some sales from both 718 and 992 IMO. I looked at 991's too but decided I'd rather have a 981S than a base 991 for similar money, and couldn't justify the significant price delta for a 991S. Anecdotal, but still.
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‘vette is more-directly competition with the 718 due to 2-seat-only design and price point. 2+2 configuration of 911 opens market for those that need the +2 for whatever reason (e.g. “See Honey? I can take the kids to day care...”, etc.) So while there’s a lot of overlap on the Venn Diagram there’s a bit of the 911’s area that doesn’t overlap with either the ‘vette or 718.

’vette is a lot of car-fun bang for the buck. It’s a (tasseled and sequined) War Hammer vs. Rapier argument.
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The Vette *should* be competition for the Cayman based on price and configuration but there is a reason you always see it competing against the 911 in shootouts. In the hands of professional drivers the Corvette is on another level.

Iíd rather have a Boxster/Cayman though. Spent some time in a friendís C6 Grand Sport and C7 Stingray. Came really close to buying a 7MT C7 Grand Sport just for the heck of it (they are stupid affordable). Got a 991.2 instead. Decided Iíd rather try PDK twin turbo Porsche alongside 6MT NA Porsche.

I need to swap my BGTS/911 with a friend that has a C7 for a week or so. Curious to see if I could live with the interior and get used to the enormous feel of the Corvette.

My main point of curiosity with the C8 is its personality. Will it be docile and balanced like a Cayman or borderline homicidal like current Corvettes?
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Originally Posted by CaymanSinAR View Post
My main point of curiosity with the C8 is its personality. Will it be docile and balanced like a Cayman or borderline homicidal like current Corvettes?
That and reliability.

First year vettes don't have the best reputation long term...
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Old 03-17-2019, 09:13 PM
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That and reliability.

First year vettes don't have the best reputation long term...
Oh I expect the first couple of years to be nightmarish in terms of reliability. No question about that. But Iím also prepared to give them a pass because this is such a huge departure and new platform. Heck, Iím willing to give them until the first refresh.
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