In a recent post, Gastelu proclaims that the new mid-engine Stingray was “the best car I drove this year.”
While he was impressed with the way the Tesla Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E, GM’s new full-size SUVs, the rebooted Land Rover Defender, and the first Ford F-150 hybrid MET his expectations, Gastelu says the one car that impressed him more than any was the C8 Corvette because it EXCEEDED his expectations.
“Chevrolet threw out over six decades of tradition to transform the Corvette from a front-engine to mid-engine design in an effort to better compete with exotic models,” he says. “It was an undertaking fraught with challenges to both engineering and identity that the Bowtie boys and girls pulled off perfectly.”
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the car is that nobody on the Corvette team had ever worked on a mid-engine vehicle before.
“They just made it up as they went along,” he says. “Not bad for winging it.”
He terms the Corvette’s performance as “simply outstanding,” especially at its starting price less than $60,000. “Its refinement, execution, and street cred,” he says, “embarrass some cars costing twice as much – not to mention the old Corvette.”
In fact, he opines, though the 2020 Stingray isn’t an electric or hybrid, its fans consider it to be innovative because it still has a trunk big enough for two golf bags despite the location of its 6.2-liter V8.
Gastelu also points out that if anyone was worried that American customers “would spurn such a foreign creation wearing one of America’s most iconic car names, they needn’t have.” The first year’s production, though limited because of all the challenges created by the pandemic, still managed to sell out as quickly as the car accelerates, and he believes Chevy will have no trouble “moving the metal … uh, fiberglass next year.”
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