Very nice. 0 to in the ditch/wrapped around a tree/in the river in 3.2 seconds
I would not rag on the interior too much myself. Yes it would be nice to dress it up, but every other manufacturer does this. A $60k M3 still has the same basic interior of a common $30k 328i. A near $200k Porsche GT2 still has the same basic interior layout as a $70k poor man 911 Carrera which is also very similar to the "secretary" Boxster. Maybe some Suede or alcantera to dress it up and really nice seats. How dare they mark up such a cheap car to such high prices? People still lust after those cars despite sharing components with the "pedestrian" models.
I think Chevy is smart for pouring all the money for that car into performance. No matter how much they would dress up the interior, people would still moan because "its still just a Chevy". Just like Volkswagen Phaeton. A nice car, but no one will ever get past the badge. Or a Yamaha R1. Fantastic bike... but its still no Ducati/MV/Aprilia. So instead, Chevy put their money where it cannot be disputed and where people will be willing to pay for it, performance for getting the best bench racing numbers
Nissan did the same with the GTR. You can't out badge snob the established players for appeal, but you can beat them on the track or street.
Bascially, I think most will not pay big money for a nicer Chevy, but they obviously will pay for a ludicrously faster one
My humble opinion of course.
And you will always be able to make the argument that you can buy X cheaper and add Y and be faster. Why spend on a Z06 with a blower. Just get a plain LS3 C6 and have even more money for modifications? Or better, buy a Miata and spend that money on track time to instead improve driving skill. Whats impressive to me is that the GTR, 911 Turbo, ZR1, etc are all stupid fast with a full warranty and no funny business. No finding the right tuner, poor everyday driveability, poor resale because others wonder where you did or did not cut corners with modifications. Just plunk your pile of money at the dealer and take off at warp speed
I wonder how much they will mark this one up? About 100k new, will Chevy dealers actually try to command $120k or more for this fastest Chevy ever? The car is certainly capable enough to command the price, but as is hinted, I think people gnerally have a hard time swallowing a 6 digit figure from the same dealer that sells $13k Cobalts. They seem to have no problem with this in Europe, selling a Mercedes A class next to an S class. But over here, we seem to like to be treated "special or separate" from the commoners when we splurge