This V8 offers great performance for not that much money.....
$49,000 for the base model is "not much money"? Man, I'd love to be making your money.
The better bet in my opinion is the 2011 Camaro if you like Chevy and want the big V8. Their top of the line model is around $34,000, V8 engine, 426 HP in manual transmission. Or, you could go one step down, the Camaro 1SS, same V8 engine, same HP, just a few less bells and whistles, for $31,000. You still get the rumble of a V8 and if you ask me, the new Camaros are absolutely badass. Lots of people drive them down where I am and I love seeing them, really sharp looking car......and I'm not even a Chevy guy.
When I look at a Corvette, I simply can't stop thinking about either Barbie or middle aged men going through a midlife crisis. OH, that and gold chains and hairy chests.