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Karl Stracke, General Motors VP of global engineering, has unequivocally denied the recent rumors about a mid-engine version of the next-generation Corvette with a wet-dual-clutch transmission. Stracke spoke with editors at Automotive News and Autoweek and addressed the latest batch of rumors. For decades, speculation about what will be done with a next-generation Corvette invariably pops up almost immediately after a new model is introduced.

For example, a mid-engined Corvette has reportedly been on the cards since at least the mid-60s, thanks in part to a string of concept and experimental models of that configuration. The last Corvette-badged mid-engine concept was the 1990 CERV-III, but that hasn't stopped the speculation – especially in recent years as the Corvette has gained increased respect among the ranks of high-end sports cars. According to Stracke, "There is no mid-engine in the plans."

The same goes for a the story revealed by a Saab engineer about development of a wet DCT. Automakers are increasingly moving away from wet-clutch gearboxes to dry-clutch units because they are less expensive and more efficient. While Stracke shoots down the wet DCT, no mention is made of a dry-clutch unit... if Chevrolet follows Ferrari and Porsche down the dual-clutch path, that is almost certainly the type we will see.

Stracke also put the kibosh on a V6 Corvette. GM has already announced a direct injected small-block V8 is coming soon for its full-size pickup trucks and the Corvette will no doubt follow. Stracke did acknowledge that a hybrid is a possibility for the sports car and since competitors are going that way it wouldn't be out of place.

That said, we want to know what you think – What should power the next Corvette? Click past the break to vote in our informal poll.


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  • The Corvette vision concept is unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in Chicago, IL Wednesday, February 11, 2009. The vehicle will debut as the character 'Sideswipe' in the upcoming DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures release, �Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.� The vehicle was dreamed up by the Corvette designers at GM and is influenced by the original Stingray race car introduced in 1959. The movie will feature four new Chevrolet characters and open in the United States on June 26. (Photo by Steve Fecht for General Motors)
  • The Corvette vision concept is unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in Chicago, IL Wednesday, February 11, 2009. The vehicle will debut as the character 'Sideswipe' in the upcoming DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures release, �Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.� The vehicle was dreamed up by the Corvette designers at GM and is influenced by the original Stingray race car introduced in 1959. The movie will feature four new Chevrolet characters and open in the United States on June 26. (Photo by Steve Fecht for General Motors)
  • General Motors Vice President Global Design Ed Welburn unveils the Corvette vision concept at the Chicago Auto Show in Chicago, IL Wednesday, February 11, 2009. The vehicle will debut as the character 'Sideswipe' in the upcoming DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures release, �Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.� The vehicle was dreamed up by the Corvette designers at GM and is influenced by the original Stingray race car introduced in 1959. The movie will feature four new Chevrolet characters and open in the United States on June 26. (Photo by Tyler Mallory for General Motors)
  • The Corvette vision concept is unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in Chicago, IL Wednesday, February 11, 2009. The vehicle will debut as the character 'Sideswipe' in the upcoming DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures release, �Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.� The vehicle was dreamed up by the Corvette designers at GM and is influenced by the original Stingray race car introduced in 1959. The movie will feature four new Chevrolet characters and open in the United States on June 26. (Photo by Steve Fecht for General Motors)
  • The Corvette vision concept is unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in Chicago, IL Wednesday, February 11, 2009. The vehicle will debut as the character 'Sideswipe' in the upcoming DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures release, �Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.� The vehicle was dreamed up by the Corvette designers at GM and is influenced by the original Stingray race car introduced in 1959. The movie will feature four new Chevrolet characters and open in the United States on June 26. (Photo by Steve Fecht for General Motors)

[Source: AutoWeek]

What should power the next Chevrolet Corvette?
Nothing but a front-engined V8 will do, thanks. 1 (25.0%)
Gimme a V8, but make it mid-engined 1 (25.0%)
It's about time for a twin-turbo V6... 1 (25.0%)
Performance and efficiency -- Hybrid for the win! 1 (25.0%)


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