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

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.”

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.

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.

  • Todd W says...

    I currently own a C6 and a C7. I drive them daily, weather permitting. I too, prefer enough space for a couple suitcases or a couple bags of groceries. I also refuse to pay 6 figures for a C8, for that money I’d rather own two C7’s. My biggest concern, and the primary reason I will never buy a C8, is because I’m very uncomfortable with all of that engine sitting directly behind my head. A head-on crash above 40 mph’s seems fatal for sure.

    On February 26, 2019

  • Sean says...

    Current c7 owner. I will definitely be trading to get a c8 upon release. If you want cargo space, buy a truck or suv.

    On January 29, 2019

  • Gary B Dyck says...

    Lack of storage space would be a problem for me also. I like to do some of the car shows so need a little luggage space for road trips. Also if I couldn’t pack a set of golf clubs I’d be looking for something else.

    On January 23, 2019

  • Clarence says...

    Lack of storage space would cause me not to buy one – I have owned 11 Vettes and like to travel in it. Lack of luggage space would be a NO more Vettes 😭

    On January 22, 2019

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