• Oct 3, 2007
Hot on the heels of discovering the next-gen Corvette could be offered with a dual-clutch transmission, word is now filtering out that General Motors may be working on adapting the Haldex-sourced XWD all-wheel-drive system currently available on the 2008 Saab 9-3 for use on Chevy's budget supercar. The Haldex XWD is a robust system, as it can send up to 85% of the engine's power to a single wheel.
Auto Motor and Sport in Sweden reports that GM engineers have been seen testing a mule with a wider rear track than any Saab currently available, which suggests the system is already in development for the next-gen Corvette. We're not sure whether to place this piece of news in the fact file or keep it on the rumor pile, as information surrounding the next-gen Corvette has been swirling since GM's contract with the UAW was leaked and revealed some juicy details. Will it switch to the smaller Kappa platform (production of the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky is set to switch to the Corvette's facility in Bowling Green, KY in a few years). What about rumors of a mid-engine exotic Corvette to be built and sold alongside the traditional model? There's too much static to pick out fact from fiction, though the dual-clutch transmission seems like a definite lock since it was referenced in official documents. GM, of course, is silent on the subject.

[Source: Auto Motor and Sport]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      So all the AWD Corvette haters wouldn't be excited about driving the 911 Carrara 4S?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Corvette name stands for great performance for an affordable price, and this doesn't mean they don't shrug off new technology for "heritage" sake. If GM could build a mid-engined car with even better handling dynamics affordably, I think they would. If an OHC could be built nearly as cheaply as the OHV and greatly outperform it, they would put it in (I think that will happen soon, maybe the C7).

      With AWD, I think the same rule applies. But as noted before by another commenter, it probably isn't feasible with the current transmission setup. I also think the added weight just might be too much to make up for the added traction.

      And I don't think its quite right to use the 911 as an example of what AWD can do. Its rear-engined, and that really changes the dynamics. One would have to look at BMW, Mercedes, Ferrari. Oddly enough, their high-performers don't use AWD. Its probably a driving DYNAMIC that AWD can't quite match that makes the buyers of these machines want the RWD.

      But hey, if GM could offer an AWD that is better performing and feels really good too (and doesn't raise the cost much), then why not? That is progress to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can see them making a touring car with AWD if they decided to branch out the vette name into different models. But aside from that the bread and butter vette will probably remain much the same.
      • 7 Years Ago
      AWD=hotness
      Carlos
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hahaha that was a good laugh... All wheel drive Corvette, who comes up with this? The Corvette faithful would hang the chief engineer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      New Nissan GT-R is going to be AWD and have a transaxle. All wheel drive adds weight, something the newer Vette does a good job of not having.

      The Corvette is whatever GM makes it to be . If you have ever driven a 1980 , 1982 , 1984 Corvette, you would realize that GM was off course for a while.

      There have been rumors of mid-engine, and all wheel drive for years. If GM thinks the market can bear it, and the market will buy it, they will sell it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      oh this fin reply system is shit
      • 7 Years Ago
      Whoever is starting these rumors is retarded.

      Have they looked at a Corvette Drivetrain? They are aware that the transmission is in the back, and that it is in fact a transaxle (meaning the differential is built in). It would be VERY difficult to add in a propshaft to travel all the way to the front and power the front wheels (considering that the engine sits directly between them quite low in the chassis).

      AWD isn't happening, Rear Engine is championed by many, but isn't happening. The Kappa rumor exists because the guy running the Corvette also ran Kappa, it is 100% baseless.

      The next Corvette like the previous models will be evolutionary, not revolutionary. The car is nearly perfect as is (much like a 911). GM would be stupid to mess with it, all they have to do is refine.

      The suspension while based on a "leaf-spring" isn't anything like a truck and works just fine. Those of you who didn't like the way the car felt, go drive a 2008 GM refined (aka fixed) the car.

      DCT is a possibility, it would replace the conventional automatic if offered.
        • 7 Years Ago
        There are 10-15 mini clay models of mid engine concepts in the GM Tech Center right now. No decisions have been made, but the idea is out there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Power is nothing without control.
        • 7 Years Ago
        People who know how to drive can control the power without AWD.
        • 7 Years Ago
        But given two cars of similar power and two equally good drivers the AWD would more than likely win out.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I win Bob!
      • 7 Years Ago
      the vette in the near future will have direct injection and overhead cams GM is already testing a 300hp 6cylinder with direct injection I have seen it on their dyno's and am told there wil soon be a v8 version maybe 2010.
      • 7 Years Ago
      would much rather have carrera s or gt2/3
      • 7 Years Ago
      My bet is that it is under developement for the next generation XLR, not the Vette.

      That would make way more sense.
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