• May 10, 2010
Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter on the next Chevrolet Corvette – Click above to watch the video

At the annual C5/C6 Bash at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter took the mic to dispel a few myths about the next-generation C7 Corvette. The first myths he addressed were those he said could be found in Automobile Magazine, and his manner of dispelling them was to give Automobile and the entire automotive print journalism industry a beatdown worthy of an MMA pay-per-view bout.

Then, having saved a few backhands and knees-to-the-gut for the Environmental Protection Agency, he preemptively addressed any erroneous ideas that CAFE requirements will emasculate the next-gen Corvette, which is still a few years away. There isn't much hard content, but it's good enough to hear him make sure everyone knows that the next Corvette will still be a suitable mascot for hairy chests. Follow the jump to watch the vid.

UPDATE:
Automobile Magazine has published a response to Tadge Juechter's criticisms.

[Source: YouTube via Corvette Blogger]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Is he really "dissing" car mags or just pointing out the fact that they pull stuff out of their a$$?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @visconti24

        I get what you're saying, but it's hard to show disrespect to something lacking in respect.

        One point where I differ from Mr. Juechter is that this is somehow new. Car Mags have done this since the beginning. Car Blogs are no better. The only thing that has changed is that the automakers can now give information directly to their fanbase without having to filter through the hands of an auto journalist. Creating situations like this post where Chevy comes out and calls them on it. Journalists hate being fact-checked.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He's doing neither: He's destroying his career, publicly.

        GM has worked hard to curry favor with the press and is spending major bucks in response to environmental concerns, the world over. For this one guy to smash all of it in a Youtube video, showing GM's total lack of concern for the press or the environment, well, he's not going much further.

        GM has bigger problems than Corvette. Talented as he may be, they should put him on notice, ASAP.
      • 4 Years Ago
      After reading the article in question, I think he's overreacting, probably because he saw it as a personal attack rather than simple prognostication, "When chided for the lack of transmission and driveline innovation during the C6 era, Juechter became defensive." Or, "Given Juechter's staunch defense of the C6 Corvette's engineering during the years that he and I have debated the merits of a mid-engine layout, a transmission moved behind the rear axle, and alternatives to fiberglass leaf springs..." which I read as an ongoing and fundamental disagreements between the two.

      But at the end of the day, to me, the article definitely read as clearly delineated between the quotes, and the author's thoughts, "...here's what we see in our C7 crystal ball". Really, I'll bet he has a beef with the author's use of the bully pulpit more than the content, really.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Porsche 911?

      Isn't a plain ole 911 Carrera (not a 4s, and definitely not a turbo) like $90k?

      Z06 will smoke a 911 Carrera for like $80k.

      I just hope that the C7 will be smaller. Have proportions like an M3. Make the hood shorter and make it narrower.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well the base price for the carrera is about $75k but it's almost impossible to find one from a dealership for under $90k so you're right, you're getting more with the z06 for less.

        I agree that GM really needs to make it smaller (with at least the same power, of course), but the proportions should always be long hood, with a wide body style because that defines the corvette body. Maybe sleeker, and not as bulky
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you sure the current Corvette hood is longer than a BMW M3's? I don't have a tape measure with me but they don't look much different.

        The Corvette already has a shorter front and rear overhang than the M3 and the greenhouse isn't going to get taller to match the M3 because it's a sports car, not a coupe.

        Narrower is interesting, but given the far overemphasis given to skidpad numbers, it's not going to happen. Just looking, the BMW M3 and Corvette are somewhat similar widths. They have near identical tracks in the back, the Corvette has about a 2" wider track in the front and overall the Corvette is perhaps 2" wider.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You don't need a Z06 to beat a regular Carrera. The base model can do the job for you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The base Carrera starts at 77.8K, the base Carrera S starts at 88.8K.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ ragtopdodge

        I agree, the Z06 will smoke the 911. As for the Next gen Vette, I hope it is a tad smaller, lighter more brutal. I dunno, but I think the hood and the width of the car is great, kinda like pro football players stance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking at the evolution from the C4 to the C5 to the C6, I have no doubt that Corvette will remain a serious contender in the sports car segment in the future. I think part of this whole "watered down" nonsense is how the developers/engineers for the Corvette seem to be focusing less on straight line performance and more on handling than what many Vette fanboys care for. Speaking strictly from personal experience with a few Vette owners, there seems to be a lot of animosity against the C6 because of its design and "techy influence". I.e., less chrome & flames and more CF. Personally, I think it's just an old vs. new conflict, but either way, considering the success the Vette has been having through arguably the most difficult period on automotive history (particularly for Detroit) on both the track and in reviews, I seriously doubt it'll be any less of a performer than the current model. But if you measure manliness by the amount of chrome and how loud your car is, then the Vette may become too "silly" for you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Things I'd want from the C7:

      A more modern, attractice side profile. The C6 looked dated right out the gate, almost like a refresh of the C5.

      Even shorter. The C6 took a step in the right direction being shorter, it still could use some trimming, especially up front in the hood.

      Non-bargain-bin interior look. The stitching made a huge improvement, but still doesn't look like a luxo-sports car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Print mags are not doing well nowadays.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "he preemptively addressed any erroneous ideas that CAFE requirements will emasculate the next-gen Corvette"

      I suppose I'll take him at his word for now. He shouldn't be surprised by anyone's apprehension, however. Government standards dramatically impacted Corvette performance toward the end of the third generation. Fourth generation performance was, erm, uninspiring (though I am a huge fan of the C4's styling).

        • 4 Years Ago
        4th generation was uninspiring? It was the 3rd generation that had the 190HP (V8!) motor in the early 70s.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think we need to worry much about CAFE strangling the 'Vette. When the oil crunch strangled cars in the '70s, GM, Ford, etc didn't really have time to prepare. That, plus the insurance industry plus the new smog restrictions are what crippled American performance cars back then. These days the auto rags can see everything coming and can develop their tech appropriately so that performance is not so heavily diminished. Besides, while they do sell every 'Vette they build, they don't build all THAT many. Compared to the number of vehicles GM sells the 'Vette doesn't account for a whole lot of that. I'd be more worried about CAFE strangling something like the Camaro--which is selling in significantly higher numbers--than the Corvette.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Over Promise and Under Deliver (years away).... typical GM... he should learn to STFU.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's a yearly Corvette bash for Corvette enthusiasts. He has to say something. Someone from GM has to say something every year there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @reader1, @Dude, @Greg Aryous

        PUT DOWN THE CRACK PIPE!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hell yes I am interested, but not today. Must wait until my daughters (junior & sophomore) are done with college.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dr. Greenthumb

        I know someone who is selling a white C4 ZR1 with
        15k miles, and immaculate interior (he keeps clear plastic wrap on the handles and armrests) for $40k.

        Interested?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's a crazy idea: How bout a decent interior?

      I don't care how great the performance is, a 1998 Chevy Lumina-like interior turns a lot of buyers off.
        • 4 Years Ago
        New GM models are getting improved interior quality, so I expect the same will happen with the Corvette. Some people would like to see the C7 go mid-engined, but I think the front-engine, RWD layout is fine. The only major change I could see is switching from the current torque converter automatic to a dual-clutch auto. Keep the six-speed manual and maybe add something like the Nissan 370z's RevMatch capability (and maybe make it so that it can be turned off).
        • 4 Years Ago
        @why not the LS2LS7:

        I'll give you that, but you have to admit that even the current interior is years behind other cars, even other Chevys. I can understand being defensive, but the interior is widely accepted as one the worst in its class.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not a 1998 Chevy Lumina-like interior, no matter how many times you say it. You could have said that about the C5. But then again it was a car that came out in 1997 wasn't it?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the current interior is a good one if you get the cut-and-sew and the nav system. Then you are still left with a Malibu-looking steering wheel but everything else inside is good. Too bad the price for this configuration is so high.

        I do agree the base model could use a lot of improvement. There's no reason it couldn't look like one of the recent Buicks inside as a bare minimum.
      • 4 Years Ago
      just get rid of that ugly, flat rear-end the corvette has had for god knows how many years and it'll all be good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The last time GM shortchanged development of the Corvette was during the later part of the C3 run and the later years of the C4 run. If I recall, in those time frames the Corvette was non competitive with the more expensive cars it will inevitably be compared with. I would say they need to invest in a profitable product. The question is, exactly how good does it need to be to ensure it is profitable enough and will attract new buyers. For the record, I owned three Corvettes and I have driven Porsches of similar vintages. I would hands down take the Porsche any day if I could afford it. Not that I could afford the Vette either! Simply put, if I had both a Vette and a Porsche, the Vette would not have very many miles on it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Porsche has had the same basic exterior design since it came out.......and the Vette is old and clunky?


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