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Old 01-24-2008, 04:40 AM   #1
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There are all manner of rumors concerning the next-generation Corvette, with stories ranging from the possibility of a mid-engined platform to AWD powertrains and even the arrival of a dual-clutch version. Although there isnít much substance to any of these rumors, one of them thatís starting to gain credence is the possibility the new car could be delayed due to the upcoming CAFE regulations. The new fuel economy law, which forces carmakers to lift their fleet average mileage figure to 35mpg by 2020, has already put several new cars and engine projects on hold.

Weíve already seen GM cancel its luxury V8 program and then we saw plans for a next-generation Holden Monaro/Pontiac GTO get the axe and now thereís talk even the new Corvette will be delayed. An inside source has confirmed to MotorTrend that the C7 Corvette program and RWD Imapala have been put on hold because of CAFE. The problem is that even though carmakers have until 2020 to meet the new targets, thereís no word on what interim targets theyíll have to meet in the meantime. These transitional fuel-consumption targets are not expected to be finalized until the end of next year at the earliest.


GM has several options itís considering for the new Corvette. It can go down the regular path of a big RWD V8 sports car, switch to a new an all-new mid-engine design, or downsize to the lighter Kappa and make the Corvette a lithe roadster. Thereís a strong faction who want to see the car become mid-engined. The design would allow engineers to give it better handling but primarily it would enable cylinder deactivation without the vibration issues caused by the front-engine carís long prop-shaft connection to the rear-mounted transaxle transmission.
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Old 01-24-2008, 04:41 AM   #2
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Why am I sad posting this stuff Today!!Well sometimes good comes out of the bad.
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:06 AM   #3
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If it's on hold, that's probably more due to the C6 still selling well, and still being more than competitive, than because of CAFE.

After all, how many Vettes does GM actually sell each year, versus how many pickups and SUVs and other guzzling vehicles are sold by GM each year? The Vette's numbers - which aren't that bad to begin with - are nearly insignificant when averaged in with those vehicles.

Couldn't find truly accurate numbers, but I believe GM sells around 4 million vehicles/year in the US. That means that Vette sales represents less than 1% of GM's sales volume each year. Even if the Vette got single-digit mileage numbers, it wouldn't even budge the CAFE numbers.
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I wonder how much of this is to stir up hatred and negative letters from rabid GM fans to get CAFE canceled or reduced.
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I wonder how much of this is to stir up hatred and negative letters from rabid GM fans to get CAFE canceled or reduced.
DING! DING! DING!!

I would be curious to see what the Vette boards have to say about this. If they are anything like the typically closed-minded Domestic websites (judging from some 'stang boards I have run through), I bet they are all up in arms over how dare teh 'goberment tell them what to do!
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I wonder how much of this is to stir up hatred and negative letters from rabid GM fans to get CAFE canceled or reduced.
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,after reading Hazdaz post, its true ,how much could it effect at 1 percent of GM sales.
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That said, I'd be satisfied with a mid-engine turbo-6 Corvette.
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I just spent a week with closed-minded Domestic (Corvette) people and most of the people at GM in charge of the Corvette projects for the release of the ZR-1.

Interesting story, the GM people are actually surprisingly open minded about foreign cars. In fact, the company that builds engines for GM's Le Mans racing programs (the C6Rs) used to do tuning for Renault in the US The Corvette owners, on the other hand, don't even get me started. I had to hear all week about "jap cars" and all that.

Anyhoo, I think it would be a great move for the Corvette to go mid-engined. They've been playing around with it for years so it's about time they made a serious move towards doing it. I'm surprised CAFE would be uppity about the Corvette, though, since even the Z06 can manage close to 28mpg on the freeway (weight, aerodynamics and gearing are wonderful things!). With cylinder deactivation and other techniques the C7 could easily manage the new CAFE standard of 35mpg. Adding a high power good fuel mileage V6 to the mix and making the car lighter altogether would help to get CAFE off their back too.

Will the purists get up in arms? Definitely, but what is GM's option other than cutting the Corvette altogether? That ain't going to happen.

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