• Oct 17, 2008
According to multiple unnamed sources speaking with Autoweek, General Motors has put its plans for a C7 Corvette on "indefinite hold, with no official or set timetable." That's a pretty broad admission, but not entirely surprising considering the financial issues plaguing GM, the rest of the domestics and the world as a whole.

Originally it was thought that the current C6 Corvette would undergo significant upgrades over the course of the next five years, with the C7 coming to market in 2014. That timeframe doesn't appear to hold water anymore, and Autoweek maintains that GM's leadership doesn't have a clear plan for what the future holds for the 'Vette, not to mention the rest of the General's lineup.

However, Corvette vehicle-line executive Tom Wallace assured the weekly pub that the halo coupe isn't going anywhere. "We're still working on future Corvettes," Wallace said, and "there are changes, some neat stuff, coming for 2010 that I can't talk about yet." Wallace went on to say that the 2010 model wouldn't be considered an all-new car and that the 35-mpg CAFE standards for 2020 are having an effect on future drivetrains specs of the next Corvette.

[Source: Autoweek]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Current vette is already world class and it's not like the vette ever undergoes a major visual change each generation.

      After the first stingray we've gotten subtle updates to it every gen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why fix what isn't broken? The C6 could stand to hang around the market for a while longer, it's that far ahead of its competition. Plus the longer it's on the market then the greater its chances for eventual price drops. GM needs to save some money for the moment and shouldn't waste that money making a C7 when the C6 will be just fine for a while. Don't worry GM, we understand.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. As much as I'd love to see new sports cars, it doesn't really make financial sense right now.
        • 6 Years Ago
        P.V., it's important to remember that GM is a business, and businesses need to make money. GM doesn't need to burn capital developing a C7.

        If Honda came out with a new NSX every 5 years they'd be bankrupt, especially with GM's current sales figures. Between discontinuing production or keeping such a great car alive, I'm glad they kept it alive. But I'd rather see Honda make a profit than lose money because they want a halo car. Plus, the NSX was theoretically never a car that could age well because average horsepower-per-car was naturally going to increase in its age.

        I wish I had either an NSX or C6 though!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I beg to differ. The Acura NSX was way ahead of the competition for years after its introduction. However, right around (IMO) the middle of its life, it was getting completely outclassed by newer competitors, it not having been redesigned at all.
        I have a feeling the Corvette will face the same fate.
        • 6 Years Ago
        agreed
        • 6 Years Ago
        As a C6 owner, I fully agree. 4 years into its life cycle, and there is still nothing even close to a base C6 in terms of price, performance, practicality, and style.
        • 6 Years Ago
        A rebody and a better interior would be nice to keep it current.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, isn't that a tragedy.

      Although I for one, think it's a good idea to put the C7 on a hold because the ZR1 is going to be released pretty soon enough, and this one's going to be the one Corvette that's pretty much going to give GM all the cash it needs.

      And besides, like Machina said, the C6 could stand to hang out a little longer on the market. It's pretty popular as it is in my opinion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      *cough*unfoundedrumormongering*cough*

      slow news day, huh?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Corvette looks fine the way it is anyways.
      • 6 Years Ago
      At first it made no sense, but I think it does now. GM has to put its limited money supply into models that produce high MPG numbers, then it can work on the Corvette. Yes, it can keep the Corvette as its low production numbers don't affect its corporate average much.

      Really, minor changes to the engine should be fine (I think DI is almost ready for it), and then just update the interior and most people ought to like it just fine. No need to do a massive change to the chassis and suspension for a while.
      • 6 Years Ago
      IMO, this is great news. It's a great design/style and really doesn't need to be changed just for the sake of being changed. I say leave it alone for another 6 years, making only slight efficiency upgrades (lower weight, better MPG) to improve performance.
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't see this as any problem. I would rather GM work on creating better quality production cars and leaning out their production process than make a little bit of money in a niche.
      • 6 Years Ago
      truck guys can get big power out of that 5.3 with an sts turbo system (372hp,453tq) to the wheels i belive without much else and running through the truck trans. and they get around 20mpg. 5.3L vet with cylinder deactivation and turbo? runs and gets fuel mileage like a cobalt when your putting around town or down the highway. then stand on it to light up all 8 and make that turbo put out some boost and hold on!! sounds like a good combo to me!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just make a smaller DI engine with variable valve timing, which is possible today on even cam-in-block engines.
      It also takes less space near the inlet manifold area since you don't need a wet manifold and external injectors.

      A dry manifold sounds better aswell as the fuel spray often dampens the air intake sound.
      It might sound a bit more diesel-like on idle, but that's compensated for the lovely sound it gives you when you hit the accelerator.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ooops I underestimated the gas mileage for the Corvette.

      It's 26 mpg on Highway already.

      Now if tweaks, as suggested to others (reduced weight) and minor engine upgrades, I can see this reaching 28 mpg Highway within a couple of years and that's with the standard V8!!!!
      http://autos.yahoo.com/newcars/model/overview.html;_ylt=AtcxaSWHIRts.bkhC5IcZKsEc78F;_ylv=3?modelId=5897
      • 6 Years Ago
      C6 is a very good car with decent styling. I really hope they can delay the C7 until I can garner enough cash to buy the ZR1 or Z06 and drive that for a year or two.

      I have a feeling the updated C6 in 2010 will have either have a V6 engine or a small electric motor at the back to qualify it at a hybrid... lexus style.
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