• Oct 7th 2008 at 2:28PM
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With GM facing well-publicized challenges -- along with just about everyone else who needs a little thing called money -- certain high-profile and expensive programs are crowding up on the back burner. Even America's sports car, the Corvette, is not exempt, with CAFE regulations clouding the view inside the 'Vette Nation's crystal ball.

Motor Trend
, commenting on the C7 Corvette's delayed arrival, has said that the new coupe won't appear until the 2014 model year at the earliest. The mid-engined route has also been scrapped, since it would simply cost too much to re-engineer the entire car for the purpose of easier integration of fuel saving tech like cylinder deactivation.

That means a six-cylinder is still being talked about -- by GM outsiders only, at this point -- as an option for the C7. If we take the Camaro as an example, that 2014 introduction date could mean late 2012, but that still only gives you four years to mentally prepare for a budget- and economy-minded V6 Corvette. Get cracking.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Well the Corvette is known as a V8 powered muscle car.
      Take that away and you loose lots of interest, V6s are great and all, but in the end its not a V8.

      Unfortunately is looks like the internal combustion engine is pretty much dead after 5 to 10 years... I don't see myself going to car shows or races for electric cars at all, looks like the end of the line for me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        People have been calling for the death of the ICE for decades now. It hasn't happened yet and I don't expect it to happen any time soon.

        I fully expect to be driving an ICE vehicle for probably the rest of my life and I'm under 30yrs old.

        Not to say that there won't be many competiting technologies, I just don't see many of them taking the place of the ICE any time soon. Certainly not in the next 15-20yrs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Unfortunately is looks like the internal combustion engine is pretty much dead after 5 to 10 years..."

        I'll assume you've forgotten about the Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE and the production-ready BMW Hydrogen 7.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd reckon that a large portion of corvette owners will never even "race" their corvettes. As long as they put a big V6 in there that's loud enough to make people notice and still faster than your mommy's Impala, I don't think anyone should take issue.

      Besides, how do those 2 extra cylinders help you cruise at 70mph on I-95? They don't. But don't get me wrong. I'm not endorsing the deletion of the V8 variant at all!
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you left the gearing the same, the LS3 would have 50% more torque available at 70mph (about 1500rpm) than the 3.6 direct injection 3.6
        Hmmm, should the gearing of a 6.2 liter engine car and a 3.6 liter engine car be the same? I wonder.
        No, you'd shorten it.
        An approximate correlation would the be the square root of the displacement difference, but seeing as the 3.6 has more technology for improved mileage you can bias the gearing to the shorter without compromising the mileage.
        So with the LS3 pulling a top gear of 45 mph per 1K, you could have the 3.6 pull a top gear of 33.33 mph per 1K.
        Same gradeability, and the acceleration would be the same from 70-90mph (100-125hp)
        • 6 Years Ago

        Why would you want a loud DOHC V6 when an LS V8 will sound worlds better, will be hardly heavier, and get essentially the same mpg. And btw, those extra 2 cylinders DO help you cruise at 70 mph, as the extra low end power allows you to run a taller gear and make any mpg difference negligible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about the rebirth of the Corvair?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I always thought it was a lame idea anyways.
      • 6 Years Ago
      boo no mid engine....that C7 is very nice tho
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow!! This is news again?!
      Seems like the' mid engined vette' story comes around bout every 10 to 15 years. Some one not usually connected with GM shops a drawing of what it will supposedly will look like. Then, the auto press chew on it for a year or so before an unnamed source informs the media that something or other has forced GM to can the idea.
      I have seen it at least 3 times since 1975. The details change, but the plot line never does.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope there never comes a time when there is no Corvette at all. Its fine if we don't get a mid-engined 'vette anytime soon but if GM ever talk of selling/axing it a la Dodge's Viper im going to have a heart attack.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Never say never. GM may not willingly sell Corvette, but they could be forced. All it takes is for someone to buy enough stock and gain some control at GM. Look at Porsche's acquisition of VAG. Anyway, there will always be a Corvette. It is a brand unto itself with loyal customers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Isn't that yellow thing a Photoshoped Lotus Esprit?

        • 6 Years Ago
        it's a Cadillac Cien ffs... isn't it obvious?
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, that is a photoshopped Caddy Cien.

      • 6 Years Ago
      As long as the six is twin turbo'd over 400hp and named Blue Flame I'm on board!
      • 6 Years Ago
      There is pretty much is a mid engine vette out there already. It's called the Mosler MT900, the vehicle is largely Warren Mosler's vision of what a mid engined corvette would be. Plus it's extremely lightweight coming in well under 2500 lbs. I've known his son for years and my friends used to work in the factory in Riviera beach assembling the chassis, and I can tell you right now that we are truly missing out on something special with Chevy discarding the mid engine format.
      • 6 Years Ago
      2014? That is an 8-9 year C6 lifetime! I doubt that. I see it coming in 2012.

      6-cylinder Corvette? Well, if they also plan to make the C7 smaller, lighter, I see no issues with a 320hp V6 Corvette. 320hp (roughly), Weighing 3000 lbs or so... 0-60 in less than 5 seconds. Hard to beat that combo. Then a V8 on top of that is also good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't mind a 350 hp V6 as long as the car weighs between 2800-3000 lbs. That should keep the car running mid 12's in the quarter and that is plenty fast as the handling should improve because it's a lighter car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        A DOHC High Feature v6 won't be noticeably lighter than an LS V8.
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