Comments - Mid-Engine Corvette C7 Rumor Arises (Again)

Published: May 16, 2011
Description: This rumor never seems to go away, even after 30 years. And every time the rumor comes up, GM predictably denies it. So it goes. Now, UK car magazine, Autocar, is reporting that statements coming from...
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Michael Davidson Aug 20, 2011
Guys, they said a v6 option, meaning the v8 will still be there
Jamie Mcpherson May 22, 2011
Please GM! Do not put a v6 in the vette!! How bout a small block in the 5-5,1/2 liter range with DOHC's and an 8000 rpm redline!
Mike Hawk May 18, 2011
Great answer, Patrick! (in a nutshell) I sure wouldn't like to see a skinny Santa or a beardless Jesus.
Patrick Schalk May 18, 2011
Because that completely destroys the history of a Corvette
Phillip Fitchew May 18, 2011
It's like you guys are diametrically opposed to change... Off the top of my head I can say that Vette would be lighter and/or have better balance if one/both of these changes were to be made. What's actually, factually bad about these changes?
Andy Rogers May 17, 2011
@Wildabeast Couldn't agree with you any more The Vette should stay the way it has been for the last 7581 years
Zamiyaad Kausmally May 17, 2011
Yea I would say call it something else
Wildabeast Jenkins May 16, 2011
... Although I rather do like mid engines. As a rule, vetted should only be front engine RWD. Otherwise call it something else please.
Eddie Filipovic May 16, 2011
V6 in a Vette is a horrible idea.
Wildabeast Jenkins May 16, 2011
Get over the number of V's the vette will have! Let's get pissed about it being a mid engine!!!!!!!
Duncan Jolley May 16, 2011
V6 are for wimps!! At least in a sports car or muscle car.
Bilal Saeed May 16, 2011
Not gonna happen......
Patrick Schalk May 16, 2011
That's exactly what they did in the late 90s. They put the LS1 in both the Camaro and Vette. Shot themselves in the foot.
Greg Lewis May 16, 2011
But also in the vettes favor is, they wouldn't want to split the sales of 2 v6's (camaro) so safe bet for now no 6. (but Shelby and 6's are near for ford) so beware!
Greg Lewis May 16, 2011
You have to adjust to the market or die off. There isn't room in gm's stable for a new mid engine car AND vette. Same reason the charger isn't 2 door, would fight the sales of the challenger.
Patrick Schalk May 16, 2011
This would be a Dodge Charger incident all over again.
Michael Palazzo May 16, 2011
I don't care if you can get just as much horsepower and better fuel economy with a V6, its a muscle car, needs raw V8 power.
Jonathan Newcastle May 16, 2011
As far a V-6? Resounding NO. All the people screaming V-6 want justification for driving their cylinder deficient vehicles. Why not just make a smaller displacement V-8?
Jonathan Newcastle May 16, 2011
Why not keep the Corvette, position it slightly downmarket, and introduce a new model with DISTINCT nomenclature. I think a mid-engine supercar is a great idea. Just don't bane it corvette, and keep the entry fee around sixty.
Steve Arico May 16, 2011
So even if GM has a halo model mid Engined kickass v8 supercar with a split rear window, and most of the models are v8s,theres people willing to give up on the corvette? Well brace urself for a reality check, One day they might have to offer a
Markel Brown May 16, 2011
If they ever make it a mid engine or a v6 I'm done with corvettes
Greg Lewis May 16, 2011
V6's are making great strides, but as stated, leave it to the camaro. Mid engine? Would be interesting. I'm open to that if it can improve the car.
Greg Lewis May 16, 2011
Gm has made a seriously fast car, but it's getting stale. It's time for a major overhaul. Rather it be a style change than a dt or cylinder change.
Dennis Rech May 16, 2011
Got in too big a hurry Rooks. Your right about it being a straight 6. Like Ken I wish they had made a dedicated track model like Porshe's GT3 RS. The Z06 was a half step in the right direction but fell short.
Ken Madison May 16, 2011
But they shouldn't go under 6.2L for any model. The 5.5L is the same block, so it will weigh as much. I have heard that the 5.5 is the same block.
Steve Arico May 16, 2011
Ken i was thinking the same thing, didnt wanna say it for fear of being wipped for speaking blasphemously about an american icon.
Patrick Schalk May 16, 2011
This will be the worst mistake GM ever makes if they put a 6 cylinder in a Vette
Ken Madison May 16, 2011
And the LS1/2/6/7 gets better fuel economy than most performance V6 engines. So CAFE can go to hell. I make 30+ mpg in 6th going 65
Taylor J. Blake May 16, 2011
No way in hell will this happen
Ken Madison May 16, 2011
A top trim over the ZR1 should be made that doesn't have o follow tradition. A hard core track car. Mid engine, light weight, TT LS7.
Wildabeast Jenkins May 16, 2011
Another mid engine sports car would be great! .. Just DO NOT name it Corvette!!! Corvette should ALWAYS be FRONT engine RWD. That's all
Steve Arico May 16, 2011
Wat noone cares about the mid engined possibilites? Or noone believes it will happen? I think it might happen for the zr1, any of the lower models would have to be front engined for cost purposes.
Thomas Vorholt May 16, 2011
V6 is a great idea. All the posers who drive their Corvettes like Camry's can have that one. I'll have the v8.
Michael Palazzo May 16, 2011
this car isn't fit for anything less than a V8.
Dennis Rech May 16, 2011
The Corvette makes cafe standard through gearing and the skip shift. The only time the Vette had a V6 is at it's inception in 1953 with the Blue Flame which was rectified by 1955. Corvette is a V8 car by heritage and should remain so.
Brady Fereday May 16, 2011
Ya I saw this on motor trend the other day and chevy better not put a v6 in this iconic car it would be horrific they should just make a different model car to make up for the vett
Rueben J Yslas May 16, 2011
The only other option so the corvette can pass the CAFE restrictions is too add an electric motor too the v8 engine which is basically turnin it into a hybrid witch do u want???
Blaise Stevensen May 16, 2011
A V6 in a Corvette is blasphemous. If people want V6 fuel economy, they can buy the Camaro.
Rueben J Yslas May 16, 2011
Gm's new 330 hp LFX V6 engine would b a good option as long as it's a twin turbo version as a OPTION. I think they should def keep the new Gen 5.5 LS motor as the main engine option though.
Andrew Mullin May 16, 2011
Im sorry but this is BBBBUUUULLLLLLLLLLL-CCCCRRRAAAAPPPP!!!!!!!!!
Reece Trotter Jun 08, 2011
I have one of those corvettes and a grand sport
Phillip Fitchew May 18, 2011
@Ken: launch control isn't enough to outride the fact that NATURALLY, 2WD cars cant handle certain amounts of power. Two wheels just aren't optimal. Period.
Phillip Fitchew May 18, 2011
@ Wilson: you do know Corvettes have always had fiberglass bodies, right? Ever since C1...
Andy Rogers May 17, 2011
@Ahmeay That doesn't prove it. People hate on the AMC Pacer and Smart ForTwo but those still suck Yes the Vette is and always has been a fantastic car, but still
Patrick Schalk May 17, 2011
Haha how am I a hater?
Angel G. Ortega-Valentin May 17, 2011
See now this Ken character is The kind of person I needed to get a good laugh from this...a fan boy
Ken Madison May 16, 2011
David... Your some kind of 35 year old balding punk who thinks he knows it all. Take your daewoo (which is plastic by the way) and go show the world how cool you are. Your PLASTIC rifle is trash because it's PLASTIC.
Ken Madison May 16, 2011
Good joke, and doubt it. The new model has launch control. So even you could launch it from 0-60 in 3.6 seconds....
Bilal Saeed May 16, 2011
The guy in the plastic car is going ballistic on those tires!
Morgan Dame May 16, 2011
I like it in yellow and blue and grey
Michael Palazzo May 16, 2011
actually it may have some of that, but it also has a bunch of carbon fiber.
Angel G. Ortega-Valentin May 16, 2011
Here goes nothing and just for the hell of it: @ Wilson, the last time I checked, the Corvette was all of those three. Lets see how many fan boys respond to this...
Ken Madison May 16, 2011
Blue and grey are the best ZR1 colors!
Description: Through the use of turbocharging and direct injection, power output would remain high enough to compete against certain Italian stallions. The new car's styling is still a mystery, but GM has als...
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Andy Rogers May 17, 2011
And the Vette already competes with the Italian stallions. ZR1 is quicker than a Zonda F and an Enzo around the 'Ring. Is that not enough?
Andy Rogers May 17, 2011
They better not give the Vette a good interior. It would jack up the price to Porsche range for a base Vette
Sam Lucas May 16, 2011
Evan: A lot of people don't know that the owners paid to convert them back.
Reinaldo Puchu Piñate May 16, 2011
Maybe they're putting a V6 so they can use the money for the interior? Idk I just think that the V8 isn't that expensive, so why change it? People dont usually freak about fuel economy when buying a sports car with 2 seats... Especially at that price
Thomas Vorholt May 16, 2011
A world class interior in a Vette?? I'll believe it when I see it.
Brady Fereday May 16, 2011
Lol looks like there will be a need for displacement stupid tree huggers xD
Rueben J Yslas May 16, 2011
A couple years??????? Umm I think next yr is the unveiling
Andy Rogers May 17, 2011
@Vincent Same way I can tell the difference between 911s: looking
Patrick Schalk May 17, 2011
Dude go look at the drag race MotorTrend did with the ZR1, GT2, 599, and GTR. THEN tell me' that
Tom Castello May 17, 2011
It's possible they could go MR they did just spend a fortune on the Bowling Green plant in upgrades.. Can't wait to see what's coming out of there.
Taylor J. Blake May 16, 2011
Plus they aren't stickers like your civic. They are beautifully created plastic emblems. No sarcasm intended.
Vincent Butler May 16, 2011
How can you tell the difference? With each corvette? Stickers.
Ken Madison May 16, 2011
No. Don't make an excuse. Don't get your panties in a wad because this beats the 599 for less than half the price.
Joseph Flieder May 16, 2011
Now that's a center fold.
Jon Boring Jun 20, 2011
Some of you need to quit believing everything Top Gear says, and put your money where your mouth is. If a $400,000 Aventador couldn't beat a $110,000 Vette, I doubt they'd sell many. It's all relative. There is always something faster out there, no matter what you drive. And I'm doubting anyone on here can afford a Ferrari or a Lambo, so quit talking like you're some kind of Italian sports car...
Duncan Jolley May 17, 2011
I have major respect towards Andy. Just thought I would share that.
Andy Rogers May 17, 2011
What if the Corvette wasn't made with cheap materials? It would be Porsche or Ferrari price and be slower!
Ken Madison May 16, 2011
Heres David hating again. This guy is a punk.
Duncan Jolley May 16, 2011
I was just saying. And I'm pretty sure I wasn't talking to you Nathan. Excuse me, apparently I was rude, if the styling works then a company won't change it's body style. Sorry for being rude.
Duncan Jolley May 16, 2011
Why get new styling, if it works? Think before you say stuff like that.
Ken Madison May 16, 2011
The plastic that beats ferraris and lamborghinis? Yeahhhh, THAT plastic.
Bilal Saeed May 16, 2011
Nice plastic..... No diffuser?
David Jones-Richerson May 16, 2011
Mmmm...I always was a backside type of guy. zr1 is godly