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2013 Chevrolet Corvette
The things that CAFE regulations will make automakers do is pretty frightening for us car enthusiasts. Even some of America’s famous sports cars, like the Corvette, aren’t safe from wrath of strict fuel-economy regulations.

Well we have some good news for you today. No one at GM is talking about a mid-engine C7 Corvette anymore. Previous reports suggested that Bob Lutz and other GM exes were leaning toward a mid-engine layout for the next-generation C7 ‘Vette since it would be easier to cut fuel-economy from a mid-mounted LS3 V8. Basically, GM decided that due to the high-cost of switching from the current front-engine layout to a mid-engine was not worth it.

Still the C7 Corvette is not likely to launch earlier than 2013 as a 2014 model year. According to Motor Trend, a 3.6L direct-injection V6 for the C7 could be on the drawing boards.


The rendering looks great.
 

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The day a Corvette is built with a V6, is the day it will die. It's being reported that it could be a TT though. I still can't fathom the thought of this car without a V8.
Then you should probably kill yourself already.

Google the "Blue Flame 235ci I6" and "C1"





that's right - Corvettes WITHOUT a straight six betray the original vehicle.
 

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That's still not helping the cause of the dying American muscle V8...
 

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Then you should probably kill yourself already.

Google the "Blue Flame 235ci I6" and "C1"

that's right - Corvettes WITHOUT a straight six betray the original vehicle.
Except that it's the V8 that really "made" the Corvette. I could almost dare to say that if it had kept a straight six like the original C1 it would have died off long time ago.
 

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Except that it's the V8 that really "made" the Corvette. I could almost dare to say that if it had kept a straight six like the original C1 it would have died off long time ago.
I personally think they should stick a straight six in the Solstice to have a Z4 competitor at half the price.

I also agree that a modern Corvette should have a V8, just like a modern Carrera should have a flat six. But just as Porsche went to water-cooling, I think its time for Chevrolet to embrace DOHC technology.

Both of them must use variable valve timing and direct injection (Porsche already does).
 

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The last straight six I recall Chevy having was the huge DOHC 4.2 in the Equinox. Probably wouldn't fit in a Solstice. I'm a huge fan of straight sixes obviously because of the Crown. (On a side note, yesterday I went to look at a donor Celica Supra for my Crown porject, they fit the 5M-GE into an S13 body, looked right at home.)

As for the DOHC, variable cam/lift and direct injection I agree wholeheartedly.
 

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Chevrolet C7 Corvette put on hold indefinitely
We told you earlier this month that the C7 Corvette won’t arrive until 2013 as a 2014 model year. Well, according to AutoWeek it could be longer than that. Sources have confirmed that since GM is in a financial crisis, plans for the next-generation Corvette are on an indefinite hold with no official or set schedule.

Not only is the new C7 Corvette a couple years out, plans to refresh or upgrade the current C6 ‘Vette is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

AutoWeek says another version of the story goes that the current Corvette was planned to be upgraded in 2012 as a 2013 model. At that time, the car would be eight years old and if the C7 is continued to be delayed like it is, it’ll be at least 12 years until the C7 arrives.

Other than that - Tom Wallace, Corvette’s vehicle-line executive told AutoWeek: “Whether [you are talking about] the C6 or C7, I’m not going to comment on future product [specifics], including engines or any of that. We’re still working on future Corvettes, but the scope of change is not yet decided. There are changes, some neat stuff, coming for 2010 that I can’t talk about yet.”
Yeah, not surprised.
 

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This is why I'm going to vote for Obama. He made the biggest reference to U.S. automakers out of everybody, and sees their need for help.

Now if GM decides to cut weight on all models and make a performance oriented hybrid vehicle with V6's and V8's...like how the Toyota FT-HS was supposed to be...they could corner a market and keep the sports car alive IMO...
 

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This is why I'm going to vote for Obama. He made the biggest reference to U.S. automakers out of everybody, and sees their need for help.

Now if GM decides to cut weight on all models and make a performance oriented hybrid vehicle with V6's and V8's...like how the Toyota FT-HS was supposed to be...they could corner a market and keep the sports car alive IMO...
the only market shrinking worse than trucks right now is sports cars.
 

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The only way I see a C7 staying alive is if it makes money on its own. They might stretch the current C6 platform just like they did with the C4 that nearly made it to 15 years.
 

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Based on a 5yr plan (to get out of debt or stay above water) they will not build a new corvette. Thats why the date is 2014. It will in all liklihood be longer because the 5yr plan as of now is economy cars. They need to turn the company around before they spend tens of millions on R&D and new tooling. To retool any fabricated part is expensive, let alone an entire car!

Has anyone look at the values of american sports cars lately, its terrible? You can buy a 2 yr old loaded vette for $32k.
 

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Based on a 5yr plan (to get out of debt or stay above water) they will not build a new corvette. Thats why the date is 2014. It will in all liklihood be longer because the 5yr plan as of now is economy cars. They need to turn the company around before they spend tens of millions on R&D and new tooling. To retool any fabricated part is expensive, let alone an entire car!

Has anyone look at the values of american sports cars lately, its terrible? You can buy a 2 yr old loaded vette for $32k.
or a 3 year old GTO for $15,000

This is going to kill the Corvette vis-a-vis the endlessly refining and updating competition.
 

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You can easily get a c5 vette for under 20k now which is why I still will never understand why people buy 350z's for that price.
 

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You can easily get a c5 vette for under 20k now which is why I still will never understand why people buy 350z's for that price.
mad tyte JDM dorifuto yo!


In all honesty, I'd take a Z over a C5 Vette - I hate the leaf spring rear end and the interior came straight out of the 1995 Cavalier.

And keep in mind, I really hate the Z too.

Now, the GTO - that's got a great interior and the LS1/LS2 motors, not to mention an IRS on coil springs. It looks kinda like a suppository though.
 
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