A mid-engined Corvette confirmed

by Alex

A senior GM insider a few months ago was reported to have said that the C7 would be “the last of the traditional, old-style Corvettes”. At that time, the statement was received and understood with a lot of chomping at the bit by the industry analysts and auto experts. This was because every one was eager to see the next generation of the Corvette. At that time, some experts had reportedly pronounced that the Corvette would undergo a modification only to be a mid-engine sports sedan. It seems that these experts were accurate in their analysis and predictions.

This time the information comes from a senior Saab source but a very unusual one, that the mid- engine Chevrolet Corvette project has finally received the official confirmation. According to the Saab engineer, Saab had already designed and modernized a double clutch transmission for the new “mid-engine version of the Corvette”. This development of the clutch had initiated as back as, when Saab was still the part of the GM umbrella. The Saab engineer also reportedly said that the wet clutch transmission was primarily contrived to churn out a total of 590 lb.-ft. of torque levels which is only slightly lesser than the Corvette ZR1 producing the total of 604 lb.-ft. of torque.

It is believed that the economical distress that passed off in 2008 had caused the DCT project to be put on hold. Automobile analysts and experts seem to be in agreement with that statement. This is because during to economic turmoil several projects from a variety of places, professional and personal, had to be put on hold.

The next generation C8 Corvette, if we go by the latest rumors circulating around that GM is considering and keen on curtailment of the engine to a V6. However, rumors also state that there are some plans to back up the engine with some turbo chargers. Therefore, the new C8 is likely to be much lighter and more compact as compared with the existing Corvette. It is believed that it could employ use of an aluminum frame to ensure that the weight is significantly reduced.

Source: topspeed

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Greg September 9, 2010 - 10:18 am

Well only time is going to tell as far as what the C7 is going to look like and what other specs it is going to have. I must say that this angle of the C7 is not to my liking. I don’t like the looks of the rear area, seems to be a tad bit soft compared to the rest of the car.

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