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1990 General Motors CERV III concept

Before things went all tipsy in the auto market, the engineers at General Motors were apparently hard at work on some pretty interesting projects. How interesting? How about an actual mid-engine Corvette? Autocar says that an unnamed Saab engineer confirmed that the Swedish automaker had actually been charged with developing a transmission for such a beast when the company was still under The General's wing. Evidently, the cog box used a wet clutch setup and was built to handle up to 590 lb-ft of torque. If you're keeping score at home, you'll likely note that those twist figures are just south of what the ZR1 puts to the pavement right now.

How about them apples.

As Autocar points out, that project was canned when credit went tighter than a fat man's socks, but there may be a ray of light in this whole tale. The UK publication claims that GM has fired up the burners under the C7 project one more time, and that a mid-engine chassis will indeed be part of the recipe. If you're buying what Autocar is selling – and we're not necessarily in that group – a turbo V6 will supply the car's grunt, too.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Can I have a Camaro that handles better instead
        • 4 Years Ago
        Does the aftermarket make another chassis for the Camaro?

        Didnt think so.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        aftermarket not big enough for you?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would be a good idea if they could make a flexible chassis to serve the classic front engine model and mid engine duty for a halo model like the ZR-1. The TT V-6 isn'ta bad idea either from a marketing standpoint. If they can make a TT V-6 that gets few mpg better mileage than a small block, it would serve good as good base engine to lure younger buyers. The latest generation of car guys are more incline to tune a car by means of ECU tweaks and easy bolt-on power adders like turbos. It would satisfy the DOHC crowd and they can still keep the newer generation of small block V-8 for big power.
      • 4 Years Ago
      NSX>this Corvette
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you 12? Seriously most of what you say in comments is trash.
      • 4 Years Ago
      im sorry, my headed just exploded, what did you say?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Uhm...this really isn't anything new...GM has been dabbling with mid-engine 'Vettes for roughly 45 years now...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the time is right.

      The 'Vette's been due for a reboot for a while now. Front-engine, V8, yeah, okay (zzzzz...). Sales have been sliding for years.

      And, yes, a hi-po V6 could work. It would have to be really, REALLY good, though and it would have to be extremely torquey.

      Would this be the same car? No, it wouldn't. But as heretical as it sounds, maybe we've had enough of the "same" car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What is wrong with the Corvette now? Is this really nessary? why cant they just keep improving what they have?
      • 4 Years Ago
      na..nana..na ...gotcha back GM.
      Now lets go to the Fuc^in' Calf. wine mixer
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't want that as a vette, but perhaps a fiero revival?
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      Why would a mid-engined car need to be a Corvette?

      Why not an XLR (version 2), or Cien, or whatever?

      Why change the name of something that exists a certain way, when you can make a new vehicle, with a new name, and why Chevy? Chevy is the econo-brand, aside from traditional names Camaro and Corvette, and trucks.

      A top-end Buick, like a Wildcat, or Grand Sport, or something would make more sense than a Chevy, although Caddy might be better yet, since they KILLED the performance brand, Pontiac.

      Why not keep Corvette doing what Corvette has always done. A mid-engined car can bear a new name.

      I don't understand the drive on one hand to slavishly re-hash tradition on one hand... re-creating a 40 year old Camaro, to the point of bad visibility and poor interior design, just to be "retro", but then taking a 50+ year old name, and applying it to something new, that it has never applied to before, as a production car. Concept cars as flights of fancy don't count.

      New car should have a NEW NAME.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's called brand equity!

        The new 2011 Ford Explorer is radically different from the traditional Explorer, but it's still a capable family hauler.

        Just like this Chevrolet Corvette would be radically different from previous Vette models, but it would still be a capable sports car!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cadillac Cien = epic win. It's one of my favorite GM concepts of all time, and makes heaps of sense as an Audi R8-fighter.

        Maybe pull the Northstar-based V12 they were developing out of storage and refine that to today's standards. Or, heck, even use the CTS-V engine. Mid-engine, RWD with AWD option. Ultra luxury interior, no-excuses Art-and-Science exterior. $90K.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i remember using it in the game Race & Track if i remember correctly.. with that exact name, Cerv III
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