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Some Corvette fans and avid forum members over at GM Inside News have already asked the unfathomable question of what automaker should take over the reigns of America's longest-running sports car if its parent company were to lose custody. Their answer, rather shockingly, was Toyota. We sure hope it doesn't come to that. Still, tough questions deserve thoughtful answers, and Motor Trend is asking away. Even if The General survives, what does the future hold for Team Corvette, which has seen its ranks diminished in the past few weeks with the loss of key players including Vehicle Line Executive Tom Wallace and John Heinricy, test-driver extraordinaire and director of the performance division?

With such important personalities retiring from the 'Vette project, one might wonder if GM's iconic performance car will lose out on planned development. That seems like a real possibility, but we need to realize that R&D funds may be better spent keeping the leaky company afloat, something that the Corvette isn't a major part of. At least there's an excellent, proven platform for the new team to build from.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I own a Vette... absolutely love my car... but neither I nor any of my Vette owning friends would spend a dime on one NOT built by Chevrolet. Better to let it die with GM...
      • 6 Years Ago
      If GM were to go under, the best possible scenario for the Corvette would be for it to be spun off as it's own independent brand that could be sold to another car company intact and complete.

      The reason this is the best solution in such a scenario is that this keeps the Corvette name viable and quasi-independent, but allows another car company to pick up the line and fund it so the cars could continue to be built and sold, without getting sucked into the financial black hole that is the Big Three way of doing business (meaning massive Union overhead and penny-wise/pound-foolish accountants and massive layers of middle management).

      Imagine...a Corvette that looks like a Corvette but is made in Georgia or Alabama by Americans nominally employed by a Japanese automaker.

      Great looks, outstanding performance, and Toyota's reputation for quality.

      Doubt they'd lower the price any though.

      Now if we could only get them to pick up the long awaited and anticipated Camaro while they're at it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      larry a @ Nov 28th 2008 5:58PM
      lol i never said leaf springs were a bad thing, which is why theres a C6 in my driveway, seems like you're the ass, ass

      Either your FOS, a wazer or you got your Corvette at Matel

      Anyone with a fea brain knows the Corvette has never had LEAF Springs.

      The 1984 C4 was the first mass produced car to achieve 1 G in cornering.
      Base C4 and ZR-1s were the first mass produced to break world long distance speed records and you try to give this BS propaganda as we all were pea pickers and believe what we read on AOL BLOG where it is bias against Americans and their products.

      You all just never will understand Americans so I will tell you a hard core Corvette owner is also very American loyal and would walk before they bought ANY non American owned/built car.

      So if GM dies so would the following so the Corvette brand and American Corvette trademark be useless.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know this is a thread about the Vette, but the other manufacturers have their own signatures. I've been wondering for weeks now with Chrysler on the brink, what will happen to the iconic Jeep?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nobody does muscle like Detroit does! Nobody!
      Ricer and European attempts at it lack the understanding of what muscle cars are all about. Cars with open center differentials and traction control need not apply.

      FWIW, there is a difference between a sports car and a muscle car.

      There is a difference between a Super Car and a sports car also, and a Super Car and a Muscle Car as well.

      Muscle cars offer tire blistering straight line performance first and fore-most. Sports cars are all about handling.
      To achieve Super Car status, like the Corvette, you have to offer both in spades.

      Then there are Boulevard Cruisers like the Dodge Charger that differentiate themselves from Sports Sedans like the G-8 and Muscle Cars like the Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger too. They are all different animals intent on pleasing different requirements. Some do one or two things extremely well while others offer a blended stew of compromise in trying to do it all, but perhaps not particularly as well.

      AWD, and FWD do not even factor into the equation when talking about muscle cars.

      The Supra was and will likely always be the closest Japan ever comes to offering a true muscle car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Let me correct you... Nobody does muscle cars, ONLY Detroit. Others can't be bothered.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not to mention, a Corvette isn't a muscle car in the first place.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Your post is full of prejudice and ignorance... I wish you would go away.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ramontez @ Nov 28th 2008 6:32PM Clearly you do not understand what a true muscle car is or what they are really alll about. After a forty year hiatus it's no wonder. From the mid seventies on up there simply wasn't one up until 2005, short of the Supra. Take the time to educate yourself and take a ride in one sometime and you might have the ability to grasp the concept of what I have stated. Putting 20 inch rims on something and pouring octane booster in the gas tank does not qualify.

        Luke @ Nov 28th 2008 7:19P Please take the time to read before commenting from the peanut gallery. I clearly stated that the Corvette is clearly a Super Car.

        Frank @ Nov 28th 2008 6:35PM
        The GTR beats a ZR1 off the line in the below video below but watch what happens in the end. Additionally There have been a lot of reported problems with Nissan backing up warranty claims already in regards to turning off the launch control of the GTR and mashing the throttle. Apparently they just aren't holding up to all of the hype as far as reliability goes. AWD also becomes much more problematic when dealing with those kind of H.P. numbers.


        As for the rest of the comments...The Corvette will live on as a Chevy regardless of what ever else happens in the G.M. product line-up. Bank on it.

      • 6 Years Ago
      just make the corvette lighter with a 500 hp supercharged v8 and that all you need to make the next z06.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Then, within two years, the Corvette will be front wheel drive, and the Z06 and ZR1 trim levels will be reduced to two different body kits for the base Corvette.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not to mention it will be sharing a platform with the Camry. Toyota has proven how good they are at killing sports and sporty cars. They should be the last automaker allowed in the same room as a Corvette.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The ALL NEW 2012 CORVETTE

        Mind boggling acceleration of 0-60 in 13.8 seconds.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not to mention 5 new shades of beige, 15' hub-cap wheels (17' alloys on the ZR1), seating for seven and a small 120HP I4 to make room for more trunk space.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Look on the bright side. You'd finally get a modern, OHC V-8, a quality interior commensurate with the price, and an expanded export market improving plant efficiency and balance of payments. How bad would that be?
        • 6 Years Ago
        BS, the CSB will be getting vvt on intake and exhaust and getting DI.

        power will continue to go up and economy will also benefit.

        ...if GM survives
        • 6 Years Ago
        If GM goes, so does the high overhead engine plant, producing a 55 year old design constantly tweaked to continue to try to make money on the tooling. I've work3ed on them since high school in the fifties. Their day is long over. They're dead. They just haven't fallen over yet.
        • 6 Years Ago
        umm have you ever seen side by side a LS3 engine next to an OHC V8? The size difference is quite significant. Toyo would need to redesign the entire chasis to accomodate the taller OHC which also shifts some weight higher up in the vehicle destroying handling. For what reason, so people can say it's a high tech engine? Cannon to kill mosquito comes to mind.

        I don't think this is a fit for toyota as the expense to

        A purchase the brand
        B design a high performance variant of their tundra v8 with dry sump oiling or use their nascar pushrod v8 which is a $$$$$ race engine with no economy of scale
        C redesign the chasis to accept the physically larger, taller and heavier engine
        D retool the entire assembly line
        E safety testing, emissions certification etc...

        Economically speaking, this would need to be viewed as either a loss leader brand or a very long term investment with a questionable outcome.

        The costs involved are significant compared to a company purchasing the brand then continue buidling and selling AS IS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As much as I hate to admit it, I agree with MJL...

      You aren't going to convince a muscle-car lover than a car built by a Japanese automaker is 'the same thing'.... even if they do build better pickup trucks.

      I hope, for the sake of the economy, the auto-makers survive these tough financial times, but if they continue to act they way they are, then they seem to be sealing their own fate:

        • 6 Years Ago
        You mean "especially when they don't build better pickup trucks". Tundra has been riddled with problems for years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whatever happens, I think Chevrolet will survive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You guys are crazy. Nothing but doom and gloom in your posts.

      Proud 07 Tundra 06 Z06 owner.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You guys are high if you think this brand would go to Toyota. I'm thinking more along the lines of comer auto industries like India's or China's (or yes, even S. Korea (Kia's making serious strides in quality and appeal, for instance; and they've got MONEY).

      These Indian and Chinese brands that are only very recently beginning their efforts to break out internationally would love to capture a halo like Corvette (or, more likely, a Corvette/Cadillac twofer) and use it as (1) a springboard into the N. American market, (2) instant credibility-builder, and (3) something of vast inherent aspirational value in the home market (which both the Vette and Cadillac brands are more likely to be in India/China than in Japan or Europe).

      This talk of Toyota stepping in is frankly idiotic; note their direction is bland "people's cars", also note their market performance has been abominable lately too. It's not just the US companies that are in the crapper right now, although the others aren't as close to the drain.
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