If you're burnt out on musings about the Chevrolet Corvette, you'll want to go ahead and skip this post. Motor Trend reports General Motors is hard at work on a low-cost version of the seventh-generation sports car for 2015. Rumored to be called the Corvette Coupe, the car will forgo the Stingray and skip the 450-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine in favor of a 5.3-liter V8 with under 400 ponies. If you're keeping track, that's a shade of the same engine found behind the headlights of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.

The report also suggests the Coupe will receive a number of aesthetic tweaks to separate it from the Stingray, including different front and rear fascias as well as new front fenders and a rear diffuser. Motor Trend says the point of all this is to cut the car's price tag, which means we may see a Corvette on showroom floors for less than $50,000 if this car comes to fruition.


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      Dreez28
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love the idea, this will help them hold more true to atracting younger buyers. Fact is, most younger buyers just can\'t afford a $50k+ car.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      It seems like this would undermine the Stingray and Grand Sport. I'm not a likely buyer but I would rather have a turbo 3.6 V6 instead of the 5.3 V8. There are a lot of Corvette buyers that appreciate having a V8, though, as long as it can go 50-60mph in the fast lane.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      And one step closer to the brand 'corvette.' Is it still true that the word chevrolet doesn't appear anywhere but the build sticker? I think the idea that a Viper is an SRT will likely make GM more brave to make this move.
      Christopher
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh boy, here we go... This is NOT going to happen. There is talk of doing a \"cheap\" Vette every single time a new one is introduced. Back when the C4 came out, there was talk of installing the THE V6 turbo from you know where. C5 was supposed to have a 5.3, however the fixed roof of the C5 was a flop, which is why they made the Z06 of it. That was an attempt at a \"cheap\" Vette. C6 had two \"cheaper\" Vette engines. a 5.3 and a 5.7. And Like I said before, here we go...again.
        Christopher
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Christopher
        87 was when there was talk of a cheap Vette and the fixed roof C5 was the cheaper attempt, not the Z06.
      Jaybird248
      • 1 Year Ago
      This makes sense. Corvette is trying to attract a younger crowd, which likely doesn't have $50K plus for a Stingray. In fact, GM worked on a "Billy Bob" version of the C5, built around the fixed roof coupe. In fact, that coupe was used for the even more costly ZR-1 C5. Do it, Chevy. We can never have too many Vettes.
      racetrked
      • 1 Year Ago
      AND TO THINK i only paid 6500 for my 63 fastback split window with injection
        jdhegnes
        • 1 Year Ago
        @racetrked
        Which probably has sold for six figures at Barrett-Jackson or Mecum. How's that for consolation.
      MarkP
      • 1 Year Ago
      Based upon comments made by Corvette Engineers on page 5 of the Corvette Action Center's review article on the 2014 Corvette, I would be very surprised to see a low-cost, budget Corvette come to light: http://corvetteactioncenter.com/specs/c7-corvette/2014-c7-corvette/2014-c7-corvette-review.html
      psyabe
      • 1 Year Ago
      "the Coupe will receive a number of aesthetic tweaks to separate it from the Stingray, including different front and rear fascias as well as new front fenders and a rear diffuser." I hope GM is using this as an excuse to come up with less controversial styling that will appeal to a wider range of people including me. The Stingray's rear fascia from spoiler to diffuser is polarizing an not elegant at all.
      f19671992
      • 1 Year Ago
      By the way, it's Corvette .. not vette
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dumb move. Its not going to be THAT much cheaper than $50k, so what's the point? Even at $50k, the Vette is still a steal in the sportscars world so I don't get the point of decontenting the car, diluting the name, all so someone might buy it for $45k. While a different type of car, of course, Chevy already has the Camaro which can be optioned-up to well past $45k, so they don't have to bring the Vette down. Because of that, I really don't think I believe this rumor.
        Ducman69
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        A cheap Camaro is not a cheap Corvette. A cheap Camaro still weighs as much as a tank, isn't particularly aerodynamic, and is a "style" over function vehicle that happens to have a beefy engine. The Corvette is a sports car, not a muscle car, and aerodynamics, low weight, low center of gravity, optimal weight balance and centralization are key design factors and will not be harmed by a version with a slightly less powerful engine (400hp is still a lot) and cloth seats and the like. In fact, the "cheaper" Corvette may be a darling for real racers that are looking for a track ready production vehicle that they can drive to work and yet still swap wheels/tires on for the weekend and be good to go.
        BooBooKF
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I actually think it's a pretty smart move. who knows, they could make it low 40s to compete with different classes of cars... And not the Camaro either, it's a totally different driving experience between huge 4100 muscle car and a 300 pound sports coupe. They already have the stingray, z06, and zr1 to come so why not sell to as many people as possible
      vpprince88
      • 1 Year Ago
      didn't caddy try this with the cimarron huge flop
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vpprince88
        The Cimarron was a gussied up, FWD econo-box. I don't see how anyone can compare that to a sleek, RWD, two seat sports car with V8 power. Unlike the Cadillac from the 80s you are referring to, this cheaper Corvette would at least look like something worthy of its name.
        sbaillie25
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vpprince88
        Yes they did. It was called the XLR and it was build on the Corvette chasis and it looked very sharp in my opinion.
      IOMTT
      • 1 Year Ago
      This kind of reminds me of all the engine options in the mid sixties. Usually there were two or three small block versions and one or two big block choices. If they wanted to stay in the 2 seater market at a lower price point, it may have been a little to hasty to kill the Solstice/Sky platform which could accept a V8 ala the Mallett Solstice. I am not sure there would have been a business case for this though. Most AB readers look at things through the lens of an enthusiast, but companies have to take real risks with real resources and many enthusiasts forget that.
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