My first response: Finally! After trying off and on for only 47 years
(or 62 years
depending on seriousness of effort) GM finally quit calling a fiberglass-bodied Camaro a sports car. Yes, this is hyperbole. Seriously: mid engine isn't exactly a new idea, and at this late date, it's pretty obvious
that mid engine cars make better high performance road cars.
My second response: Yeah, the Evora is
awesome (so's the McLaren F1). Imitation remains the sincerest form of flattery.
All snark aside, I'm glad that GM has finally figured out that front engine/rear drive is pretty good for trucks, but inefficient for most everything else. I'm curious to see how the Corvette fanboys respond - their culture is almost as hidebound as Harley people, and they are the reason that a big V8 in front and two sets of golf clubs in back are key performance indicators for a Corvette.
That said, I welcome GM raising the bar at this price point. It's going to do the same thing to a lot of cars in that range that the Miata did in its. I still remember the look on the Porsche dealer's face back in 1998 when I asked him why I'd want to pay twice the price of a Miata for a Porsche (S1 Boxter) that didn't do anything any better than the Mazda did. The Corvette (particularly in its high performance variations) has long been a pointed question to ask at the sports car dealer when considering one of their midrange cars. If it delivers the goodness the layout suggests it might, it could force Ferrari, BMW, Porsche, etc. to get clever with design (and pricing) to retain customers below the supercar price range. Let's hope they push it hard in GT racing and make a name for it.
I can't say for sure how much this is going to affect the Evora, though. The Evora doesn't primarily sell in the US, which is the primary Corvette market. We'll see how well GM does with weight control on this car, but I doubt it will be light as an Evora. I expect they've benchmarked the driving experience against a Cayman, which isn't the same flavor as an Evora either.
The other huge question is: will it have GM disease? I have a coworker with a Chevy Cruze that has been in the shop for weeks pending a turbo replacement (nobody can find a turbo). GM has had bad supplier relations for decades, and it has resulted in cruddy vehicles for those same decades... Even in the mostly congratulatory All Corvettes Are Red
, there's mention of GM nickel-and-diming its way into fuel pump problems with the then-new C5. From recent evidence, I have no reason to believe anything has changed.