This is not about the buyer it is about survival.
the big players like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche are migrating to Hybrids and in time full l electric models too. This is to meet regulations set to change the world in more than climate.
Z06 as it is the one I would most likely buy.
GM best leave the V8 Vette alone and the very last car to convert.
I am not out to save the planet when I buy a Corvette. I am out to test the limits of the earths gravity.
I know they will have a very agile and fast Electric Corvette but the sound, feel and smell of a Internal combustion Corvette is part of the experience.
This will be me in the future. Words courtesy of Rush that I slight adjusted for my future.
My uncle preserved for me an old machine
For 50 odd years
To keep it as new has been his dearest dream
I strip away the old debris
That hides a shining car
A brilliant red Corvette
From a better vanished time
We fire up the willing engine
Responding with a roar
Tires spitting gravel
I commit my weekly crime
Wind in my hair
Shifting and drifting
Hot metal and oil
The scented country air
Sunlight on chrome
The blur of the landscape
Every nerve aware
Suddenly ahead of me
Across the mountainside
A gleaming alloy air car
Shoots towards me, two lanes wide
I spin around with shrieking tires
To run the deadly race
Go screaming through the valley
As another joins the chase
Drive like the wind
Straining the limits of machine and man
Laughing out loud with fear and hope
I've got a desperate plan
At the one-lane bridge
I leave the giants stranded at the riverside
Race back to the farm
To dream with my uncle at the fireside
Mine is a Silver Turbo "Barchetta". (Well Targa actually).
Jump to the ground
As the turbo slows to cross the borderline
Run like the wind
As excitement shivers up and down my spine
Folks this is bigger than California and bigger than Mary.
The cold harsh reality is automakers need to be global and the global regulations are driving this not California alone.
The automakers are all investing billions into this and have stopped fighting. They are not going to cut bait and run on this as they have no choice to sell cars in a global market.
Add to this the majority of the people who buy vehicles will make the change as the cars get cheaper and easier to charge.
Most car buyers are not enthusiast and only care about getting where they are going and could care less if it is gas or electric. In fact most would love to never change oil again. They are not like us who love the drive.
The change over is a matter of survival and the biggest players are well on their way not.
The only real variable is this. Th3 time line may be adjusted as development and accept is moved along.
So if you want to get mad get mad at the global community pushing the climate change crap and are forcing not only EV products in us but also are pushing regulate our manufacturing in our country that can effect our standing in the economic world.
You think a EV Corvette is horrible we have much worse things we are going to face and it is not of Mary’s doing. She is only looking for a way to keep the company she is in charge of viable in the future. That takes president over just keeping us gear heads happy.
I am working in the racing and performance market and we are looking and moving to any and all options to our path in the future.
The C8 is a smash hit no matter what the detractors like to portray. Even with no chip shortages the wait would be long.
Like the change to the Mid engine the change to EV there still will be a Corvette. We may not always like the changes but in the end this car will survive. Now if the rest of the market were not going EV then it may have been an issue but at some point they all will be at the same place.
If I were to worry about anything I would be more concerned what the EPA plans are for collector cars. We have enough old Corvettes to take care of everyone for a long time as long as we can get gas for them and the oils and other things that could be cut off.
Even worse we need to guard against the EPA restricting collector cars.
Don't day it can't happen. In some countries where you drive can be restricted and others they are looking to add more alcohol to the fuel.
Some countries charge more tax as a car ages so it is more expensive to keep. They can and odds are will try to price you out of the hobby.
This should be our front burner concern.