Early reactions among the automotive media to the midengine Chevrolet Corvette C8 unveiled this month:
"Entering its 67th year of production, the new Corvette is an engineering moonshot, a marketing leap of faith, and a statement about what an American sports car can truly be."
John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver
"Corvette has again delivered an incredible bang for your performance buck. That's its key trademark, and GM didn't lose it with the switch to a mid-engine design. Some of the styling elements, both inside and out, may or may not work for everyone. But in terms of American performance at a great price (starting under an estimated $60,000), this new car nails it."
Karl Brauer, executive publisher, Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader
"The interior is a revelation, crafted specifically to address the most consistent complaint about recent Corvettes: great car, chintzy passenger compartment. Other than buttons and switches, there's not a piece of plastic to be seen."
Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press
"Shifting the motor to the middle clearly necessitates a radical redesign, but Chevrolet's designers did an admirable job of making the thing still look like a Corvette."
Tim Stevens, Roadshow by CNET
"The C8's design avoids the awkward proportions that often plague mid-engine cars (the rear-heavy 1990 Acura NSX and sideburn-clad Audi R8 come to mind). It bears comparison to mid-engine lookers like the Lotus Evora and Ferrari 488."
Henry Payne, The Detroit News
"I am deeply sorry to be severely disappointed by the styling of the C8. I hoped for something really new and exciting, not a boringly generic supercar, mostly indistinguishable from the many and varied unimaginative devices that show up regularly at the Geneva auto show."
Robert Cumberford, Automobile
"This is a radical new look for Corvette, and historic design cues are quite limited. The Stingray badge and Corvette logo are evolutionary. The windshield, roof, and door glass shapes look familiar. But that's about it."
Jeff S. Bartlett, Consumer Reports