As exciting as the prospect of a mid-engine Corvette is, the criticism surrounding the move from a front-engine, rear wheel drive configuration is valid.
The Corvette has always stood for affordable performance and shamed many vehicles in the process with a lower price point. The same likely won’t be said about an exotic, mid-engine C8 Corvette with a presumably higher price tag.
But, that’s where we feel Road & Track has a valid argument: a Chevrolet Fiero.
Okay, not a completely reborn Fiero per se, but you get the idea. Let Chevrolet performance shine its light to a lower segment of buyers who couldn’t touch a Corvette to begin with. We’ve made this argument multiple times, calling for Chevrolet to offer an alternative to the STs, GTIs and WRXs of the world. The kind of car to put younger buyers in a Chevrolet early and keep them for life.
You can read all about the theory of an affordable mid-engine Chevrolet at R&T’s link above, but we’ll simply use this space to say it should be a no-brainer to offer up some sort of more affordable performance machine at a $30,000 price point. And the performance vehicle we’re imagining does not attract the same kind of buyer a turbo four or V6 Camaro would.
And this argument comes at a time when middle-of-the-road performance cars are resurfacing. The Toyota Supra is poised for a rebirth, Honda reportedly has an S2000 successor cooking and various other brands have affordable performance segments on lock. Again, not extravagant enough to take on a mid-engine Corvette, but a tad too exotic maybe for your standard Camaro.
We can argue for more performance vehicles all day. We simply hope our voices don’t fall on deaf ears.