- The eighth-generation Chevy Corvette debuted with a much-anticipated mid-engine design .
- But the new Corvette Stingray also arrived with a stunning price tag, just under $60,000.
- Most of the world's mid-engine supercars cost much, much more.
- Here's a rundown of the Vette's competition, from Ferrari to Lamborghini to McLaren to Porsche.
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"Mid-engine" and "affordable" aren't generally two concepts that show up in the same automotive sentence. Mid-engined vehicles are, for the most part, exotic supercars from brands with Italian names. Should you crave one, you'd best be prepared to dent even a considerable bank account.
That all changed in dramatic fashion earlier this year when Chevy unveiled its long-awaited mid-engine redesign of the Corvette, a car that has been front-engine since its debut in 1953.
The eighth-generation Vette got a lot of attention for moving its V8 motor rearward, positioning it between the driver and the back wheels. But just as many headlines were prompted by the staggering price: the base Stingray trim could be had for just under $60,000.
That's a near-miraculous bargain for a car with a 6.2-liter, naturally aspirated V8 engine, making 490 horsepower with an option on a few more ponies with some minor performance upgrades.
In fact, more than a few folks noted after the Vette's debut that its specs were evocative of the Ferrari 458, the last no-turbo Prancing Stallion mid-engine supercar, which drove off into the sunset a few years back when Ferrari introduced the 488 and a twin-turboed V8 amidships. The 458, of course, would have set you back $230,000.
In fact, nearly all mid-engine supercars come with eye-watering price tags.
Here's a rundown (and for the record, some of these cars can no longer be bought new):
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