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Old 01-24-2007, 02:56 PM   #1
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Mid engine corvette rumor

This is from a very respectable auto journalist.


http://autoextremist.com/page6.shtml#table

The Corvette C7. Publisher's Note: 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. - PMD
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Old 01-24-2007, 04:19 PM   #2
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This new rumor has me thinking that the C7 won't be your average Corvette.
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if the next corvette is mid engine then i will become a viper fan
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if the next corvette is mid engine then i will become a viper fan
You know.....you could give it a chance before saying that.
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i will wait and see first
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if the next corvette is mid engine then i will become a viper fan
The corvette already is a mid engine car.
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The corvette already is a mid engine car.
Well is front-mid the same as mid?
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You know.....you could give it a chance before saying that.

I'm thinking a mid engine corvette will no longer be an affordable vehicle for many folks.
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People always mention high cost as a reason for not building a mid-engine Corvette. The only real increase in cost would come from initial retooling. If this is to be a long-term platform for the car (and perhaps a Caddy to share the platform with), there would be no reason to inflate the price to outrageous levels to get a return the first year. You have the potential to save in the long run if you create a more efficient facility that requires fewer steps (which would be automatic in this case; there are less assembly steps required since the drivetrains currently arrive in BG fully assembled. Mating a rear/mid engine car to a chassis would be less labor intensive. In fact, why not make the drivetrain truly structural?) Anyway, this isn't to say that there would not be a significant initial investment on the part of GM, but implemented properly with an eye on long term development, we would not necessarily see a huge increase in cost.
OK, all that babble aside, keep the 'vette front/mid. It is an established design that works. Until we get Saleens and Ferraris constantly handing the Corvette team devastating losses at Le Mans, I'm not worried about it.
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I'm thinking a mid engine corvette will no longer be an affordable vehicle for many folks.


It will be a cool concept, but the added costs will likely add a premium to the once "affordable" sports car... Only time will tell.
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If that happens I'm moving to the viper scene or just jump boats to the F-body cars.

The Corvette is a simple formula. RWD + V8 = Happy customers
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Well is front-mid the same as mid?
Only to people who've never driven a real mid-engine-behind-the-driver car hard.

If they can bring it in at something close to current Vette prices, I'm all for it.
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You know.....you could give it a chance before saying that.

Sounds like you have been listening to Bush to much
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Only to people who've never driven a real mid-engine-behind-the-driver car hard.

If they can bring it in at something close to current Vette prices, I'm all for it.
uh, no. A mid engine car has nothing to do with whether the driver is behind or in front of the engine. It is based on the weight of the engine in relationship to the front and rear axle. And I've driven Ford GT's, and F360 CS's on the track many many times, yet my mid engined corvette track car will kill them all. Also, all GT1 cars have the engine in the front. As far as the blurb, they are talking about a rear mid engine in small quantities just to tell other manufacturer's FU and the rest being front mid.
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I would be very much interested in seeing a new mid-engine concept. It's been years since the development of the Corvette Indy and CERV III and GM has made technological leaps since then. Just look at the development of the new Z06 Corvette compared to the first C5 Corvette.

Whether or not GM could afford to spend the money on the development of the concept that then translates into yearly sales of only 500 units is another matter.
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