• Aug 9, 2010
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Fans of classic Americana, here's yet another anniversary to keep in the back of your mind: 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette. And, while we don't have to tell true Corvette aficionados this, here's another interesting little nugget of knowledge: the original version of Chevy's iconic sportscar came equipped with a six cylinder engine.

Where are we going with all of this? According to Autoweek, there is a distinct possibility that a downsized six cylinder engine will be offered in the next generation (C7, for those keeping track) of the Chevrolet Corvette, and there's an apparent push to try and get the car out the door in time to celebrate the car's 60th anniversary.

Yes, we know a downsized engine for the Corvette isn't exactly the newest rumor 'round the block – we've been hearing whisperings about the C7 'Vette since before the C6 model went public – but with the recent revelation that Saab had been working on a transmission for a twin-turbo V6-powered Corvette, it's worth sharing once again.



[Source: Autoweek]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I would buy a mid-engine twin turbo v6 corvette. If this thing comes out with at least 430hp to match the ls3, it would be really easy to up the boost and get it to 500hp, maybe even 600 if the internals are made strong.

      However, i think it would be easier for gm to use a v8 with direct injection and displacement on demand to increase mileage for the c7. The c6 is now 5 years old and a replacement is needed. I don't think they have the time to develop a new enigne and have it ready for production for the new corvette.
        • 4 Years Ago
        why wait? there are NSXs available today.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't one of the other magazines report this already? Then the person they claimed to have gotten the information from came out and said it wouldn't be V6. Does anyone else remember this?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes -- look at the Autoweek article, clearly a general-purpose "product line" summary cobbled together from multiple sources, surely many of them less than fresh.

        Yet another echo of the same old "due diligence" statements made months ago by Corvette chief engineer that were taken out of context and beaten to death by every other industry rag. With every new Corvette generation they start with a blank slate and consider everything, and they don't publicly commit to anything at all until the car's being built in the production assembly plant -- and no real info or images leak until about 12 months before release.

        Consider that a turbo V6 will be taller, as heavy if not heavier, more complex, and more expensive to build than a smallblock V8 -- because the V6 has large top-heavy DOHC heads and turbo plumbing, and the V8 has small OHV heads and cam-in-block design. It makes no economic sense for Corvette to have such an engine. That's an engine you put in a car with a shared FWD architecture, or a sedan where engine height isn't an issue but block length is, or a car where the difference between 17mpg and 16mpg city matters to your customers and your CAFE numbers. Corvette sells ~30,000 units a year (when the economy's good) and its buyers aren't cross-shopping for 1mpg better. Consider that until Porsche introduced direct injection for the 911, Corvette had the best fuel economy of all high-powered sports cars; expect the C7 to retake the lead.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's about time they decided to spit out another one....:))
      • 4 Years Ago
      And this is exactly why I am glad I bought an 08 Z06 when I did. 427 cubes? yes please.

      I'm going to laugh if)

      1) the next vette looks like THAT
      2) there is a V6 in it.

      ever hear a straight piped 427 in person -- its orgasmic when you get on the trottle. If they come out with something that's just a wussy version -- the value of my Z06 will jump overnight :) Alright maybe not jump, but definetly go on a positive slope.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It'll be even funnier when someone with a lowly turbo car swaps fuel/boost chips, and then smokes your ancient relic. Next year I'm going vette hunting. I'll be in the big green station wagon with four rings on the front.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The power of rumors.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Personally, I don't care either way, since I can see the benefits of either engine. But I still think it's a bad marketing move, and it'd complicate things for guys who toss larger V8s under the hood for drag racing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not going to happen any more than the Wankel rotary powered Corvette, or the mid-engined Corvette, or etc.

      Count on a GM cranking out a V-8 rear drive Corvette until our sun goes dark billions and billions of years from now... and that's ok.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A twin turbo V6 mid engine Vette? How on Corvette is that?
        • 4 Years Ago
        mike mike mike, while you are technically correct, to an average none uber car person if you opened up the hood in the front and saw an engine it would be Front engine. Because the engine is still in front of the driver.

        Now people really need to think before they start going "OMG you philistine, mid-engine and twin turbo v6 is far superior in almost every way". Because think about the people that mostly buy a NEW Vette. They tend to be older men, that have always known a Vette to have a big lazy V8 in the front of the car. Most of them will have nothing other then a V8 in a Vette. You can't honestly change a car drastically like that when it has been in production for what 57 years now? If GM wants to build a Boosted V6 mid engine super car, fine, just dont use the Vette name. The formula has worked for 57 years, why change it now?
        • 4 Years Ago
        If some Kentucky GM employee said it, then sure.

        But when some European guy says it, out of American context, and it gets all blown out of proportion........

        I really don't understand this whole "Mid engined means rear engined" argument. Everyone wouldn't be freaking out because it was going to be offered in Barbie Pink if they said they were offering Red.

        "Bbbbbbbut Pink is a shade of Red"

        Give me a break.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you people really so ignorant to where you can't realize what the term mid-engine actually means?

        The Corvette has been mid-engined since 1984...meaning the engine is between the front and rear axle. Mid doesn't mean Mid Rear, its means somewhere between the axles.

        Geez.


        Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @mikespeed95: You are technically correct. However, in practice, that definition of "mid-engined" only seems to be insisted upon in forums where modern Vette owners get all insecure about Ferrari comparisons. And in truth, the polar moment of inertia in recent Vettes does not compare to that of something like a V8 Ferrari that is really mid-engined.

        Put another way, it's a front-engined car, and you know what people mean when they talk about the possibility of it moving to mid-engined, and your car really is not exactly the same as a $230k Ferrari, so get over it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it has to be a six, at least make it a inline six like the Atlas engine used in the Trailblazer. But a v8 is a must, also no gaylectics please!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Far to many dummies in GM,so much potential VERY LITTLE BRAINS. You dont have a under $35,000 sports car like the Nissan 370Z or Mazda Miata seriously. Ok, i hear some people saying what about the Camaro. The Camaro is in a different Niche,actually the can add them twin turbos to a the V6 Camaro.

      Anyway,like i was saying add (NOT REPLACING) a smaller or more affordable sport car,version of the Corvette (it doesnt have to carry the Vette name or badge,however the badge sales). Would bring in lots of $$$$,they should have had one years ago,Nissan's 350z/370z has been making boat lot of $$$,and the Mazda Miata even more then Nissan. Anyways.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thank you CAFE you've now gone and ruined it!

      On a serious note. I wouldnt mind it as a base model and leaving the V8's for the big boy models..... aw hell i can't do it.. its just wrong. Corvettes and V8's go together like Sex and Violence. You know its wrong and it should change but you just dont want it to.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the problem is that the corvette originally had a 6 under the hood. v8's came afew years down the road. with most of the corvette's life having a v8, having anything less is a down grade! dont mention fuel economy either, sports cars are not ment to be economical! instead of subtracting two cylinders, add two! it is time for an upgrade! keep going forward not backward! you can get more power out of a v8 than you can a v8. you put two turbos on a v8 and that twin turbo v6 will be laughed at! look at bmw with its twin turbo v8. 400-hp and 450 lb-ft of torque! on m models its 555-hp and the torque is 500 lb-ft! it takes more effort to get that out of a v6! the last time i checked, bmw's 4.4 v8 without turbos made 325-hp and the torque was 330. that is 230-hp increase and the torque increased 170...why mess with a v6 when a v8 or bigger is more fun! to me(yes i have driven a corvette before), a twin turbo in a corvette says cheap and lack of financial backing to make a real car!
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