The C7 Corvette could be the last front-engine Corvette ever built and as is usually the case with such a major change, some people aren’t happy about it.
But despite the doom and gloom being spouted by some Corvette purists’, the designer of the mid engine Corvette C8, Tom Peters, is confident the car will be a hit.
Peters retired from General Motors this Spring, with the mid engine Corvette C8 being one of the last projects he ever worked on. He started working for the company in 1980 and has designed numerous Corvettes over the years including the C4 Corvette ZR-1, C6 Corvette and C7 Corvette.
In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Peters said he has “no question whatsoever this dramatic configuration change will be successful,” although he also acknowledged that Chevy may face criticism from some Corvette fans for moving the engine behind the driver.
This won’t be the first time Peters has had to face Corvette customers’ wrath, after all. Peters worked on the design proposal for the C5 Corvette and later received backlash for the car’s lack of pop-up headlights.
“I got a lot of hate mail,” Peters told WSJ. “We were going to these Corvette events and people wanted to get physical with me.”
WSJ managed to track down a few Corvette fans who won’t be buying the mid engine Corvette C8 for its article. One said he did not like the vehicle’s short front end as it makes it feel like you are driving a “bus” while another said he would be turned off if the car did not offer a manual transmission.
No matter what some Corvette fans think, interest around the nameplate seems to be at an all-time high ahead of the car’s reveal this Thursday and some dealers are already racking up lengthy waiting lists of potential buyers. GM is also anticipating high demand for the car, having recently announced plans to add a second shift at the Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky.
Source: Wall Street Journal