As Marcus is now a bonafide Old Person you will not be surprised when I say that I was looking thru a recent Pension statement. I'm now of an age where I can preemptively take this hard earned money pot and blow it on something, well like a Chevrolet C8 Corvette.
I already wrote about the impressive first impression of the 2020 year Corvette (release is 2019 in the US, they always name the year wrong sic. )
But then the very complete Jay Leno documentary above made me think more seriously. Having watched that great 56 minute expose I was really impressed.
Here are my summary of thoughts for UK ownership though:
- It's more a car for sunnier climbs. For a hot US state and at US prices, I'd have no other car (in my stable)
- But for wet and mostly damp England the value and enjoyment proposition is very limited
- It does not make sense in any UK urban environment since it is 1933 mm wide and 4630 mm long. Also, if I was ordering one I'd double check it would fit in the garage prior to ordering please.
- This is a proud new metal design, with a claimed un-named single part carried over from the C7 (!!) This means great chance for cockup, and best to wait for early adopters to find problems and not you
(Expect the car to be vastly oversubscribed at launch and to command a premium for immediate resale, there will be flippers everywhere)
- The Convertible design (even the Coupe has a removable roof) will be of limited value in wet England.
(Dear Chevrolet, if you want to loan me one for the purposes of leak testing it in my wet English climate, contact me immediately!)
- There will be a RHD version for UK, Australian and Japanese markets
- The car contains a 6.2 Litre V8 with 495 Horsepower. It's not going to be very economical on fuel, though this ancient engine has proved over decades to be very reliable
(Note the custom dual clutch gearbox is new, so nothing can yet be said of its reliability)
- Although the car could be called traditional American there is not even a nod to the environment with for example a mild Hybrid, it's petrol, petrol, petrol
- Global car markets are now transforming faster than any time in the last 20 years. Petrol only Personal motor vehicles risk becoming not just unfashionable but unacceptable and un re-saleable within the decade. Well, this is true for First world Europe, less so for Eastern Europe, and for the USA, who really knows.
If the shift to Electric (only) vehicles moves as quickly as many foretell, this could indeed be the last generation of Petrol only Corvette or even end of the Corvette line altogether.
I think owning this car in the UK would be a frustrating though initially entertaining experience. If you really must have one in England's Green and Moist Land, make it your Occasional or European GT car, just not a daily driver.
Corvette C8 2019 First Impressions