My buddy is retiring 1-21 this year and just showed me a copy on line of the new 427 Vette he ordered. Green ,tan interior ,convertible. 1K less than the Z out the door.
Saw the vid of the Z ,awesome ! But I think Chevy has gotten away from the target crowd of young people who can afford a "hot" car that can keep pace with a 75K car (stop light to stop light anyway)
Other end of the spectrum from my retiring buddy: young guy comes on, appears secure in his job. Saves for a year and puts some money down on a new Mustang. Whatever the "hot one" out there is--I don't follow the models. Black convertible top ,black leather, charcoal body. Sounds and runs strong. 36k. Of course he priced the supercharger at 8k---add headers, exhaust say he'll be at 46k--a lot of money but not so bad for a single guy with a good job. This package turned high 8's in a stock engine/suspended mustang on small slicks--no cage and should not have been able to run. But a very noted Mustang builder, guess he got a pass. Read the article last year.
Update on the new guy: getting married this September so plans for the supercharger are on hold for now
Would not be as funny if not 100% true ! He's been getting offers in the low 20's for the Mustang at work- LOL.
Timeless story and I'm sure a past most of the "hot cars" on this site share. But how many 69 Z's alone were sold ? And who was buying them? Pretty sure they were able to run stop light to stop light with a Vette. Or hold their own. I know with 4:88's and headers they turned in to quite a SOB. Don't call me names, but maybe GM should be putting out some affordable (see Ford in affordable) muscle out there. Save the high dollar iron for the empty nesters who planned well for the future. Anybody read stats on average student loan balances ? Younger crowd not lining up to buy 75K cars anytime soon...