• Oct 16, 2006
Rumors of a V6-powered Corvette model have been floating around for years but weren't taken very seriously until Motor Trend decided to spend some ink on it a few issues ago and predict the six-cylinder model would revive the "Sting Ray" name. The model would basically be a Chevy-branded version of the Kappa roadster that GM has liberally passed out to such brands as Pontiac (Solstice), Saturn (Sky) and Opel (GT). Chevy's version would be different in that power would come from a V6 rather than an inline-four cylinder, and rumor has it that it would be badged a Corvette. Kind of sounds like a long shot, but Rick "Corvette" Conti, the #1 Corvette dealer in Ohio (w00t!), cites sources somewhere in the universe that tell him the rumors are true and coming sooner than we think. He says the "Sting Ray" name, however, will not be used on this chuckable roadster that should come with a 6-speed automatic and a price tag right below $30,000. He also hints Chevy may drop a bomb in the form of this V6 Kappa at the Detroit auto show in January.

Personally, while a V6-powered Chevy Kappa car will be driving through my dreams tonight, it will most certainly not be wearing a Corvette badge. It's bad enough that Corvette faithful have to share platforms and parts with Cadillac (economies of scale, blah, blah, blah), but the dilution of this iconic car has to stop there. Nothing good will come of calling a V6-powered Pontiac Solstice clone a Corvette. Trust us. Call it the Equinabu, Impaleo or whatever, but don't call it a Vette. And what's with pimping out the Kappa roadster concept to every brand that's still breathing. Two in the U.S. is enough, how about a Kappa coupe for Chevy instead?

[Source: Corvette Conti via Jalopnik]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      @#$&@$ stupid bastards.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What kind of wart name for a "sports car" is a KAPPA?
      Sounds like S--- to me.
      What kind of a 6cyl does GM have to compete with the HIGHLY refined straight and V6 engines now in production ?
      My guess: Not one.
      Not one that will compete with the likes of Nissan , BMW or most any other manufacturer.
      This certainly will make the 350 Z a super bargin.
      It has a super refined V6; even more so when the 2007 model is introduced; or has that happened already?
      • 8 Years Ago
      For the love of everything holy, NO, don't do it! YOU WILL DILUTE the Corvette brand with this krappy kappa.
      Stoneman
      http://www.stonemanautoreview.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jesus, don't call it a "Sting Ray"! Steve Irwin's death is too fresh in everyone's minds!
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is what came of GM failing to join Nissan-Renault? I would buy a 6-cyl 350 Z instead of a 6-cyl vette!
      • 8 Years Ago
      For God's sake, don't call it a Vette. A Kappa with a V6 sounds like a good idea, as having something besides body styling to differentiate it from the other three is downright necessary. Just... don't call it a Vette. Have some respect for a carefully cultivated nameplate.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Rick: Well, Bob, the reviews on the Solstice/Sky are in and apparently, we're 400 pounds heavier than the benchmark MX-5.

      Bob: Well, Rick, we could all use to lose a little weight.

      Rick: Seriously, Bob, what's your plan for fixing this mess of a Miatawannabe?

      Bob: Well, we could introduce an even heavier Chevy version with a bigger engine, maybe.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have long thought that Chevy needed to "down-size" the Corvette, but building a smaller car and using the Sting Ray and/or Corvette name(s) is something that should NOT even be considered. Since Chevy is SUPPOSED to be the VALUE brand at GM, where would a small coupe or roadster fit...with the Camaro due to show up about the same time and the Cobalt under that car? IF they really have to resurrect a name/concept...how about a small car styled like the original Nomad, that is, a small, sporty 2 door wagon? Sort of a Chevy Miata, but with a useable load space.
      • 8 Years Ago
      History lesson time! The Corvette started out with what engine? An inline 6. Could it be that history repeats?
      • 8 Years Ago
      HAHA, This post is a prefect example of how biased people are against GM. It's amazing!!! It looks like commenter's are purposely ignoring the facts just so they can make an excuse to bash GM. Again, this is AMAZING!!! Mass ignorance...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love the idea but if it is called a 'Vette Ill throw up
      • 8 Years Ago
      Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Talk about diluting a brand.
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