The C8 Corvette breaks from tradition as the first-ever production mid-engine sports car to wear the Corvette nameplate. With exotic-style performance and a price tag that starts just under $60,000, the new eighth-gen model brings broad appeal, something which is underlined by the fact that most C8 Corvette buyers are new to the Chevrolet brand.
During a recent meeting attended by GM Authority, vice president of Chevrolet Steve Hill discussed the new C8 Corvette and its buyers. According to Hill, two out of three C8 buyers are new to Chevy.
Interestingly, General Motors also indicates that the Porsche 911 is the most cross-shopped vehicle for C8 Corvette buyers.
According to the latest sales figures, General Motors sold 8,992 units of the Corvette in the fourth quarter of 2020, with 21,626 units sold year-to-date in 2020. That’s a significant increase compared to 2019, during which 3,491 units of the Corvette were sold in Q4, with 17,988 units sold year-to-date in 2019.
Now, however, as GM Authority reported last month, C8 Corvette production is holding steady at two shifts, with an average of 186 cars produced per day at GM’s production facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the only production facility in the world to produce the new C8 Corvette.
With its naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 engine, the C8 Corvette produces 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque right out of the box, with the optional factory Performance Exhaust system upping output to 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The sprint to 60 mph is accomplished in less than three seconds, while top speed is pegged at around 194 mph. Add in mid-engine handling and styling, and it’s easy to see why the new C8 Corvette is so popular, even among buyers new to the Chevy brand.