One of the defining characteristics of the Corvette was that it was front-engined. It seems to me that GM just threw away the entire history of the car. A car with no connection to the past, except for the occasional auto show concept cars that never went anywhere. Basically take the Corvette badge and stick it on something completely different. Maybe that is the point, the new GM just turned 10 years old, maybe they are looking to separate themselves from their legacy and forge, or at least 3-D print something new. Will it sell? Probably, at least for a year or two. It might be popular with the "I need a new mid-engined car and I only have $60k" b-list social media crowd. I know that if I wanted a mid-engined car, it wouldn't make my short list, a sports car that doesn't have a manual transmission available is a complete, utter and massive fail in my book.
"And the government promised me a posse, which I figure will be long on promise and short on posse." - Rooster Cogburn