• Jan 24, 2007
Mr. Peter DeLorenzo is in the know, or so he talks a good game and has got us wondering whether the Corvette will abandon its tried-and-true front-engine format for a more exotic engine placement between the rear wheels. In his latest issue of the Autoextremist, DeLorenzo clues us all in on a furious debate taking place within General Motors concerning the next-generation C7 Corvette. One side wants to finally make the Vette a mid-engine sportscar, while the other, lets call them traditionalists, argue the car's bang-for-the-buck would be destroyed by such a move. Knowing that the Vette's value as an affordable supercar is one of its main selling points, the outcome of this debate could potentially sink the car's sales.

DeLorenzo has a theory of how this will play out, though. According to him, we should expect the next-gen Corvette to be similar to the current model with a engine up front, but it will be lighter and feature at least two engines: a new, small-displacement aluminum V8 and a updated version of the current V8. Above the traditional "People's" Vette will be an extremely exclusive mid-engine version of the car that will cost six-figures and be produced in extremely low numbers, like 500 or so. Will it happen? Who knows, but we've always wanted to see something like the 1990 Corvette CERV III Concept (shown above) go into production.

[Source: Autoextremist via Jalopnik]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      OH, FER CHRISSAKES!
      Are we going to have a few years of this old discussion? Everyone knows that if they go to a more exotic setup and price, sales will not increase. This car sells largely to loyalists, because the "bald with gold chain" image is going to take awhile longer to go away, spmetime after Chevy returns to daring styling and finally makes a cockpit worthy of the price.

      THE 2008 VETTE ought to be the present model with a facelift to get rid of the bland, non-controversial,generic front end, plus an entire interior upgrade and some mechanical updates. I dont think this is happening.
      Hello, Mr Lutz???
      • 8 Years Ago
      Doesn't the CERV have a XJ220-esque quality...but it is pretty.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Accordsforall - do you have a mental condition that results in not being able to type a coherent sentence? Your post is an un-ending stream of consciousness upchuck. Good work.
      mike
      • 8 Years Ago
      that picture is a concept from years ago.

      i say no, dont make it midengines, instead put all the money that it would take to make it rear engined somewhere else. or, if you must make a new car like this, make the cien. a cadillac supercar would be amazing. the cien would be perfect for this setup. a corvette is supposed to be the true american sports car, fron engine, 2 seats, big v8. (and even a trunk!)...give this to cadillac.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This car was released a decade ago as the Jaguar XJ220. Google image it and compare.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Moving the engine back behind the driver provides more weight on the rear wheels giving added traction. It also allows the hood to be lowered, which reduces frontal area and gives an increase in top speed. The down side is that you end up with a luggage compartment barely capable of holding the spare tire. But if done right, the end result will look like it could do 200 mph laps at Indy. The problem that GM faces is that as their market share dwindles, they need something to bring Joe Blow back into the showroom. The Ford GT 40 and the Viper provide more or less exotic American alternatives to the Vette. Audi just brought out a mid-engine sport car, an upgraded NSX is due out at any time, and there are a number of other European models. But what is worse, any Asian builder can challenge the dated Vette with an NSX copy just by moving their front drive engine/trans behind the driver. Anyone for a mid-engine KIA?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think there is no real advantage to a rear/mid-engine car over the current front/mid-engine, rear transaxle, torque tube setup. The current Corvette layout is the same layout that the most powerful post Enzo Ferraris use.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #5 - yes, lets rename it. How about "Fiero" :-D

      #7 - actually, yes porsche has considered making the 911 mid-engine...
      • 8 Years Ago
      never gonna happen. I have a 2006 corvette Z06. supercharged, blah blah blah. 626 hp on the dyno. engine upfront, wheelspin in the back, my baby pulls 1.07 g on the skidpad. all these numbers are better that a ferrari enzo, ehich is more that 6 times as expensive. if chevy wants mid-engine handling, keep the engine in the front and put a pair of subwoofers in the back
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cool idea, although I think it was also a cool idea when it was called an Acura NSX.

      • 8 Years Ago
      #9 and #10 are right on. I think they should go the Mclaren SLR/Ferrari SLR route, and make it a front mid-engined sports car.-that is if they decide to do it at all. We should remember that the sting ray was a departure from traditional corvette styling, and that without innovation and risks, we'll all still be talking about the same classics over and over again.
      Ben Beauvais
      • 8 Years Ago
      Marko: you must go to the wrong Wal-Marts...

      I have seen a Ferrari, a Lotus, some Maserati's, a slew of AMG's, M's and S's, and a few Bentley's in a parking lot of a Target in Chicago (not all the same time, but...)

      I guess those arn'e exotic any more, either. *sigh*
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