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Rumors of a mid-engine C7 Corvette simply refuse to die, despite a long string of denials that such a project is in the works from a number of General Motors executives. The latest such story comes all the way from the UK, as Autocar reports that statements from GM North America president Mark Reuss hint that the next 'Vette may abandon its front engine for 2013.

As we've heard before, General Motors is also thought to be downsizing the engines used in the Corvette – possibly even switching from a V8 to a V6 – though tricks like turbocharging and direct injection would likely keep horsepower at supercar levels.

As far as styling goes, we have no idea what shape the 2013 Corvette may take. Autocar indicates the classic split-window design from the 1963 Corvette may make a comeback, and the interior, the design of which is being led by global design chief Ed Welburn himself, will be fully modern and "absolutely world class."

In any case, we're expecting big things for the Corvette C7, and we're sure the 'Vette's German and Italian rivals are just as eager to find out the details as we are.


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      REGAN
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seems like blasphemy to the Corvette purists for GM to even consider a mid-engine design but since, apparently, the rumored "new" Honda NSX will not be MR, it will be nice to have an affordable MR sportscar option in the market.
        Autoblogist
        • 3 Years Ago
        @REGAN
        Not a bad way to look at it, but how affordable is affordable. I'm thinking a serious mid-engine design probably put the Vette in the mid $70K for starters, if they can keep costs that low.
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @REGAN
        I am so sick of hearing about the "purists".... they are the same ones that have held back the styling for the Vette for at least 3 generations now - all very evolutionary styling which has turned off many of newcomers. The reality is that is the next-gen Vette has amazing performance (which I am sure it will), then it could have a turbo-4 and the critics will quickly shut up about it. Performance is the ultimate test, not some meaningless spec sheet.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          Corvette does not need a turbo 4. V8 rwd is part of the Corvette's identity. It's a formula that has worked for decades, and copying Porsche would do it no favors in terms of performance or sales. There are different ways to achieve performance, and people should embrace those instead of complaining that not everything is the same. I prefer choices myself.
      Synthono
      • 3 Years Ago
      If GM wants a mid-engined model, why not make a Cadillac supercar? A halo model wouldn't hurt the brand, there's plenty of space in the line for an above-Corvette supercar, and as Cadillac does intend to race it would give them some cred. Plus they could use it as a showcase like Porsche's 918. The whole "Corvette must be the fastest GM car" thing is silly anyway. The Corvette has its niche, it seems like radically altering it might be ill advised.
      Hike15
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would be a bit disappointed with a mid-engine Corvette as it would most likely take away that classic and beautiful profile and the amazing trunk space. I'll probably love it either way, but I prefer Front engine.
        brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hike15
        That's what folks said when the Dino and Ferrari 308 series came out... ...and look at what a success the mid-engine Ferraris have been.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @brian
          Do you have sources to back that up? Seeing as Ferraris have always been out reach to everyone but the "uber rich" in all their rarity, I doubt many gave a rat's pa-toot about them building mid engined cars. Besides that, you are comparing a brand to an individual model.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @brian
          Sukairain Obviously I don't know, and I think the same can be said about most other car enthusiasts. That proves my point about Ferrari. Little is known because they remain so far out of reach for the general population. A Corvette in not a Ferrari, and shouldn't be.
      BigMIKE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Never gonna happen in the next 10 to 15 years. Too many hard core traditionalists to get past. I would however love them to build a mid-engine super car that takes the Stingray name. That way there is a connection to the Corvette but it will stand on its own as a separate model. I could never afford one, but it would be nice to drool on them at the dealership. By the way, the photo of the car in the post is front engine, not rear engine.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BigMIKE
        "I would however love them to build a mid-engine super car that takes the Stingray name." I could get behind that, and they can power it however they please, and put the engine on the roof for all I care. Just don't turn the Corvette into something it is not, and never has been.
      Pandamasque
      • 3 Years Ago
      Corvette is good for what it is. They can't make a better Ferrari or Lotus than the original Ferrari or Lotus. All they need to do is make a better Corvette and it will sell. The 3 things that stop Corvette becoming a hit worldwide are a). size b). crappy interior c). lack of availability on most markets. Why change the layout? Mid-engined Vette is like a front-engined 911.
      Lemon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't fix it if it isn't broken. I doubt this will happen any time soon when you consider the incredible performance offered be the current vette. Chevy has a winner now and should continue to build on what they have. Why should the corvette be exotic anyway? That seems like it would go against everything that it stands for. The Corvette is all about showing the exotics it's tail lights for fractions of the price.
      Catapult
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autocar = the National Inquirer of the car world. I'll believe it when GM makes it official.
      Mad_Science
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cowl induction hood on a mid engined car...right...
      ERA
      • 3 Years Ago
      they can do whatever they want as long as it has a v8 and a manual.
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Corvette is actually going to use a Mr. Fusion as the fuel source, a flux capacitor for power and it will fly. See? Anyone can just make stuff up. We won't know until something real leaks or is formally announced.
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