GM Debates the Next Corvette's Future

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  1. TriShield

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    There's a furious debate going on in the halls of GM as you read this. The subject? The fate of the next-generation Corvette C7. On one side are the mid-engine Corvette boosters, who are absolutely convinced that the time has finally come for Corvette to become a mid-engined sports car.

    On the other side are the people who believe that taking the Corvette to a mid-engine configuration would immediately destroy the performance- for-the-dollar quotient, the one hallmark the Corvette has been famous for almost since Day One.

    After driving Audi's R8 this week, I tend to agree with the "keep Corvette front-engined" faction. The R8 is a very nice car, but just how many six-figure sports cars can exist in the U.S. market, and do so profitably?

    Look for the debate to go this way: The next-generation Corvette will still be front-engined, but it will be even lighter than the current car and have more than one engine option - including a new, small-displacement, aluminum V-8 to go along with yet another development of the current V-8.

    This car will be the mainstream Corvette that will still deliver on its performance-for-the-dollar imperative. But wait, that's not all. Then look for an extremely limited production run (less than 500) of an advanced, mid-engined Corvette that will play in the plus six-figure category - and deliver blistering performance that will surpass exotic sports cars from around the world costing hundreds of thousands more. This will be the technological "statement" car from GM that the "True Believers" within the corporation have long been waiting for.

    You read it here first, folks.

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    What kind of timeline would we be looking at for the next corvette?
     
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    in for reading this.
     
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    this makes me :hs:
     
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    How can GM justify the expense of engineering a front and mid engined sports car, especially since the mid-engined version will be sold in such small quantities for a relatively low price.
     
  10. DefBringer

    DefBringer Ronnie, if I don't do this, *that's* when I'm goin

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    I'd be interested in seeing GM make a new Corvette clone that will step out of the Corvette shadow and appeal to people who would never consider buying the Corvette due to the stigma which follows owning one.

    Maybe a Saab?
     
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    they should just stick a small V10 in there, would raise the hype about it
     
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    How about a Cadillac XLR
     
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    DefBringer Ronnie, if I don't do this, *that's* when I'm goin

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    The people who won't buy Corvettes based on the brand won't find Cadillac a much better name.
     
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    You're talking about a stigma associated with a nice sports car like the Corvette and your idea is for them to build a Saab sports car? :hsugh:
     
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    What stigma is that? The "I've got a car faster than a Ferrari for half the money" stigma?
     
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    How long until "Corvette" is spung off into it's own brand similar to Hummer? Then they can make all the vettes they want in all forms.
     
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  18. Jake!

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    corvette is its own "brand" in many markets
     
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    this is the same process they went thru with the C5. Whatever design is cheaper to produce will win out in the end.
     
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    and leno's one-off last year:
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    more like how every time you see a dude driving a vette its always a 40+ balding guy
     
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    every time they start thinking about a new vette they bring up the mid-engine layout, or a TT v6 or some other shit. The vette will always be a front engine V8, save the first 3 years
     

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