Corvette's chief engineer, Tadge Juechter, tells the Kansas City Star that the muscle car could be an "endangered species" because of the new CAFE standard Bush signed into law Wednesday. GM, the parent company of Corvette, would have to make a 45 MPG car, explains Tadge, to offset supercars. The 2009 Corvette ZR1 - a $100,000, 620 horsepower car with a top speed of more than 200 MPH - could be the last of its kind because "high-performance vehicles such as this may actually be legislated out of existence" says Tadge.
Sigh. It's always sad to read about the death of such a beautiful, majestic, natural creature. What do you think about the death of the muscle cars like the Mustang of Steve McQueen's 1968 movie Bullitt in the video above? Do you think polar bears are the real endangered species or should the Corvette be added to the endangered species list instead?