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Since it seems that 2004 is the last year for the C5, it appears that it surprisingly did not live too long, only 8 years compared to 13 years of the C4 and 16 years of the C3, although the C5 has such a great success in record sales, after all they call it “the Best VETT Yet”. What crossed my mind is that since the spy pictures seem to look remarkably similar to the C5, my guess is that in 2005 the CORVETTE is only getting a face-lift not a new generation, a C5.5 it makes sense because since its debut in 1997 the exterior and the interior of the car did not change a bit so it is definitely about time for some new features just like we experienced in the past generations, for example look at a 1984 C4 and a 1996 C4 the difference is huge, or a 1968 C3 and a 1982 C3 est.

C1 1953-1962 (10 years)
C2 1963-1967 (5 years)
C31968-1982 (16 years)
C4 1984-1996 (13 years)
C5 1997-2004 (8 years?????)
 

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We've had a few discussions here about the C6 really being a C5.5.

But, the public called it the C6, not GM.

That said, I agree with you. But, although they may look "similar" or not radically different, it may really be a completely new car (interior, exterior, motor, suspension, brakes).

So, it's probably earner the C6 title, even though it looks C5-ish.:thumbsup:
 

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Also, one has to recognize that the C2 platform is the same one used for the C3. Obviously the body changed, and enhancements occured throughout the years, but the chassis remained the same from 1963-1982.

The C4 lasted as long as it did for financial reasons. GM weathered some capital problems during the early 90's which postponed the C5 by about 4 years.

I read somewhere that conventional wisdom among the auto industry suggests that the lifespan of a particular generation of a car is about seven years. Putting the C6, when you consider it was supposed to be released last year, right on schedule.
 

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This "Does it really warrant a next gen" crap is getting too old for me to be patient with. First, the Gen #s are assigned by GM. It's their car, their gen decision. Second, there is no logic in gen # assignment so stop trying to find it.

IF the logic was body change, the Gens would follow something like this (open to some individual interpretation of course):
53-55 Gen I
56-60 Gen II (some would want to change gen with quad HL)
61-62 Gen III
63-67 Gen IV
68-73 Gen V (some argument here, no doubt)
74-77 Gen VI
78-82 Gen VII (another argument here probably)
84-90 Gen VII
91-96 Gen VIII
97-04 Gen IX
05- Gen X

If the logic was chassis changes, the Gens would follow something like this:
53-62 Gen I
63-82 Gen II
84-96 Gen III
97-04 Gen IV
05- Gen V (Folks the chassis is DIFFERENT!!!)

If the logic was most significant engine changes (dito interpretation):
53-54 Gen I
55-65 Gen II (V8 small block)
65-74 Gen III (Big block era)
75-82 Gen IV (Fed restriction years - smog / economy)
84-88 Gen V (L98 era)
89-95 Gen VI (ZR-1 era)
96 Gen VII (LT4)
97-00 Gen VIII (LS1 era)
01-04 Gen IX (LS6 era)
05 Gen X (LS2)
06- Gen XI (LS7 era)

To me the above proves there is NO logic to the vette generations. Even if you disagree with some of the finer points above, surely you see that GM calls it what ever they want. By the way in all three scenarios, the 2005 vette is different enough from the 04 to move up a generation. If you disagree, let's discuss.
 

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8 years is long enough for the C5. I love the C6. I can see some C5 in the C6 but I can also see some C3 and C2. I love this car.:thumbsup:
 

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Loggins1 said:
8 years is long enough for the C5. I love the C6. I can see some C5 in the C6 but I can also see some C3 and C2. I love this car.:thumbsup:
And also some C4 in the rear view as well Adam
 

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BTW WELCOME to digitalcorvette C6Stingray. Glad you are here.
 

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It seem's to me that technology is moving performance forward rather quickly these days. Look at the number of high performance cars coming out of Europe these days. Staggering H.P. numbers, increased competition from Japan (again) just around the corner and already started by the fabulous 350Z (yes, I like it). Maybe this rapid advancement (and loss of market share) has pushed GM to get the jump on these changes. It's better to lead the pack than to follow it trying to play catch up. Doesn't matter to me if it's C5.5 or C6, as long as it continues the Corvette heritage of stunning good looks with bargain priced performance. I think the next Corvette will really continue that heritage. :cheers:
 

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I agree. :agree:
 
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