;Sorry, have to base my desgn criticism on pictures. All I reallly need to know is: What's in that black area below the rear window? A perforated section that lets out hot air? And can you see the engine from leaning over the fender, as on certain Ferraris? Tomorrow I'll be revisionist once I've seen pictures of the actual car but like to hear opinions from pro designers and scholarly fans. DESIGN ANALYSIS: SIDE: Big mistake to put the leading edge of the side scoops in plastic. Why? Because it looks cheap. And they made it so wide that to replace it with a chrome aftermarket piece ( which will no doubt be available within weeks…) will look too flash. Maybe with stainless steel, though….Wheels are tasteful, will not detract from the overall design by being too glitzey all on their own. REAR: The rear spoiler is one of the biggest mistakes. It looks like a suspension bridge that was poorly engineered and sagged in the middle before it opened for traffic. Maybe they could have just had a ducktail molded into the rear deck. Or a spoiler that rises automatically when you went over a certain mph (as did the Chrysler Crossfire four cylinder version) The rear –what would you call them—hot air exhaust vents (not for the exhaust pipes though) are tastefully not overly large. When they are too large it looks too much like look-at-me-ma-I’m-a-race car. The round exhaust pipes are more like Ferrari, makes me wonder if there will be an Ansa exhaust from Italy for this car? That would add a touch of class. The taillights are disappointing, horizontal units right out of the Camaro reject pile. Why not a single round one per side, like, say , certain Ferraris? Why make an expensive car look like a mass produced one from the same brand that’s one third the price? The dip at the bottom of the rear window is really unfortunate. Since I didn’t see the car in person I can’t see if the area below the glass is porous, to let out hot air from the engine compartment, but with the vee-shape, of the bottom of the rear window, it looks too overly feminine (can we say that in the Me Too era?) FRONT: A plethora of character lines in the front bonnet when say either the V-shaped ones or the center mound would have been OK by themselves. The shiny bar across the front intake holes (the intakes probably for subsidiary radiators) helps reduce the scoops-stolen-from-a jet fighter look. Jet fighters don't have chrome, last I looked. IN SUM: Good for a first try at a production mid-engined Corvette. Not great, and conservative really, breaking no new ground whatsoever. But thank our lucky stars they went for a targa roof because as a coupe, it doesn’t have that much to offer against an open Ferrari. But since this is an open car and a lot of Ferraris are open cars there will be precious little separating the 2020 Corvettes from Ferraris except the Ferraris will be three times as much (The 488 Spider will be replaced when the F8 Tributo Spider is announced, but for now it is Ferrari's V8 powered mid-engined spyder. at $280,900) PS Some want to know credentials of a critic; Suffice to say I've written 18 automotive books, three on Ferrari, have owned two, bought and sold more, and include friendships among many designers including ones I met in my native Detroit.