The new, eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette delivers many impressive statistics. But none is more remarkable than the one with the dollar sign in front of it.
Persuade an American dealer to sell the base car at its official MSRP list price - unlikely for several months at least - and it will cost just $59,995 (£47,230). This for a mid-engined 483bhp sports car with performance that gets it close to supercar territory. Bargain is an overused term, but it's hard to think of any better way to describe the C8.
Of course, there is no chance that any Corvette would ever officially reach the UK with the direct sterling equivalent of that price tag. Context is everything here, and in the US that means the entry-level C8 is cheaper than the $60,250 (£47,410) base Porsche 718 Boxster.
Even selecting the plushest-available 3LT trim package for $71,495 (£56,260) and adding both the $5000 (£3930) Z51 performance pack (including a sports exhaust, a limited-slip differential, bigger brakes, upgraded aero and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres in place of standard all-seasons) and adaptive dampers for $1895 (£1490) still brings in a fully laden Vette for less than the $81,950 (£64,430) Porsche charges for an unoptioned Cayman GTS in the US.
While supercar makers can afford to throw exotic materials at structures, the C8 has been built around a far lower-cost aluminium structure. There are two carbonfibre parts to add strength in critical areas, one being a panel underneath the central "backbone", the other the rear bumper beam. Chevrolet claims the C8's structure is 19% stiffer than that of the C7.