Some things come to mind after reading through it...
The fact that the corvette is a performance bargain is nothing new. It always has been. In 2006 the zo6 was pretty untouchable performance wise with anything less than double its price. (Not literally but close enough)
The new car is very appealing, you cant argue the performance aspect. I think it looks very good, not in love with the back end, but....I guess only other drivers will ever see it.
Would I buy one?
Im not all about the all out performance at this point. Im more of a Viper guy anyway. Plus the track guys won't want the base model, z51 or no z51. The drivers car will be the other models they come out with, GS, Z06, etc....The guys who buy the base corvettes are usually just people who want a corvette, the drivers buy the upscale versions.
I had a c6 z06 and I loved the car but it is watered down so to speak as far as most of the sport/performance cars I have owned. Meaning it makes a lot of concessions to being a great street car as well as performance car.
The Vipers, Elises, Nobles, GT40s, etc are more purposefully built towards the sport end of things. They have feel and they don't make many compromises to the daily driver aspect.
Is that good or bad? Depends on what you want.
That said, people have often asked me of all the cars Ive owned which one is the "best?"
We all know that is too vague of a question but Ill say this....The z06 was the best "all around" sports car or performance car Ive owned. It was certainly fast enough, it handled well enough, stopped great, was able to haul stuff in it, comfortable, capable....Thats defines corvette.
Not sure we are all want the "best" car, whatever that means anyway.
For me, i don't care how much stuff i can bring with me. I drove my Elise from Chi to Vegas and back and loved every second. I travel light.
So for me, the new vette would have to "feel" more sporty. I like the steering weighted a certain way, I like the steering to feel a certain way, I want the pedals to feel just right, the sound, etc, etc, etc....
That said i believe the people who want an Evora will still want an Evora and the people who want a vette will still want a vette.
(I think Lotus compromised a little too much to practicality with the Evora but that's a different discussion)
The base model vette for sure won't "feel" much different to drive than the previous vettes. The dynamics will be different for sure, but I think the "feel" will be about the same. Maybe its smart on GM's end. Maybe I'm wrong, we shall see.
In the next year I was going to purchase either a 2013 or so Cayman, Boxster, or an Alfa 4c. Obviously Im not looking at the fastest car for my next purchase, but Im thinking I should at least get a test drive with Chevys new boy wonder.