The C8 is a tremendous value, but it isn't the answer to some people. With that said, what other car would you buy besides the C8? This is using your own hard earned money and you aren't some super rich person so bang for the buck should be a priority. Let's just stick to sports cars. If you are buying a suv or truck, etc, your needs are probably not going to be a corvette anyways.
The only thing I can think of is a V8 Miata and that's about $60k.