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    Spying: Mid-Engine Chevrolet Corvette Shows Off A Little More

    The plot thickens

    It is no secret that Chevrolet is working on a mid-engine Corvette, especially when a set of spy shots clearly showing the vehicle came out last fall. A new batch of spy shots have hit the web and we now have a better idea of what it could look like.

    The pictures reveal that the front end will look somewhat similar to the current Corvette with a pointed nose. There appears to be a curved windshield and a tapered roofline. Other pictures reveal the outline of the hood where the V8 engine resides.

    Speaking of the V8 engine, there are reports saying the mid-engine Corvette will have three engines on offer - codenamed LT2, LT6, and LT7. We know LT6 is possibly a naturally-aspirated V8 with 700 horsepower and LT7 is a twin-turbo V8. LT2 might be a hybrid of some sort.

    Everyone seems to think General Motors will unveil the mid-engine Corvette at the Detroit Auto Show next year. We'll be keeping a close eye to see if this happens.

    Source: Car and Driver, Motor1


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    Meh, I have mixed feeling about moving the Mid engine corvette from behind the front wheels but in front of the driver to behind the driver but still in front of the rear tires. Be interesting to see how this changes the 51% / 49% weight distribution.

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    I haven't seen anything definitive, but my understanding is this is going to be the top-of-the-line Corvette?  And that the current C7 Stingray will carry on as the 'volume model'.  

    Of course, if they were paying attention to the market, they really should be developing a Corvette CUV to compete w/ the Cayenne....and a Corvette 4dr to compete w/ the Panamera... ;)

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    Cadillac should have done an SRX-V back in 2010 when the 556 up CTS-V came out.  With a front drive small crossover under that if they needed something where the XT5 sits now.  Then when the 640 hp CTS-V came out they could have had an XT6-V.

    Interesting that they will have 2 Corvettes, I don't like when you have multiple of the same car like all the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.  Why not just call it Land Rover Evoque?  Unless maybe the mid engine Corvette gets a new name.

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    1 minute ago, smk4565 said:

    Cadillac should have done an SRX-V back in 2010 when the 556 up CTS-V came out.  With a front drive small crossover under that if they needed something where the XT5 sits now.  Then when the 640 hp CTS-V came out they could have had an XT6-V.

    Interesting that they will have 2 Corvettes, I don't like when you have multiple of the same car like all the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.  Why not just call it Land Rover Evoque?  Unless maybe the mid engine Corvette gets a new name.

    No one calls a Range Rover a Land Rover Range Rover, though.  

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    I take any engine speculation with a grain of salt at this point. The Corvette Z06 and ZR1 were both disappointing to me when the facts came out. Z06 because it was far more like the C6 ZR1 and it lost the unique charm and spirit of the C5/C6 Z06 models, and the upcoming ZR1 because it's just a C7 Z06 with a bigger blower and more aero.

    I hope the mid engine Corvette and the eventual Z/28 Camaro are more special.

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    ^^^Cool.. we can go back to disagreeing. The Z06 is a beast.. even more so over my Z51 or a Grand Sport. Its just better. An upgrade on the Z06 as the ZR1.. for around $100K+ will be the ultimate slap in the face of anyone owing a so called exotic. Most likely it will be in the 700HP range and fuck up anything moving. Z06 is already a car pulling in high 10s stock.. and ZR1 will be in the 9s. U can't more special than that without spending $1Mil. 

    I'll hold off and simply buy the Mid-Engine in its second year I think tho.. unless they say its on sale date isn't til 2020.. and then I might have to upgrade in 2018-2019 to a Z06 or ZR1

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    My guess is that they will want over $100k for it.   Mid engine cars are expensive.  I am surprised to hear of 3 engine options.  Do they really need 3 on a low volume car?

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    27 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    My guess is that they will want over $100k for it.   Mid engine cars are expensive.  I am surprised to hear of 3 engine options.  Do they really need 3 on a low volume car?

    Sure. The ZR1 C6 touched $100K when it came out. It was a slow seller...but the market got used to $100K Vettes. If this rear mounted mid-engined Vette is to be the best of the best of the Vettes, then it seems plausible to assume it will be north of $100K.

    Please dont tell me that Vettes are affordable...Best of the best Vettes were NEVER affordable. Not the 1965 396 Vette, not the 427 1966-1969....certainly not the 1969 ZL1 nor the 1990-1995 ZR1s. Not the 1996 Grand Sport nor the C5 Z06s...Not the C6 ZR1 nor the C7 Z06 and the upcoming ZR1...

    Ive covered 52 years of best of the best Vettes that were not affordable by the average joes...so spare me that argument please.

    Vettes always had a plethora of engine choices in its history. I wont delve into the rockin' 50s and crazy '60s where the engine choices were mind exploding overwhelming...but dont tell me that in your era that is not the case as from 1990 forward...there was always at least 2 engine choices. It even grew to three as of late. The C6 had 3 engine choices. The C7 will soon have 3 options....

    Plus...the good thing about that is that Chevy gets to use these in their Camaros and watered down versions in iron form in their million a year sales pick-up trucks....so...

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    1 hour ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

    ^^^Cool.. we can go back to disagreeing. The Z06 is a beast.. even more so over my Z51 or a Grand Sport. Its just better. An upgrade on the Z06 as the ZR1.. for around $100K+ will be the ultimate slap in the face of anyone owing a so called exotic. Most likely it will be in the 700HP range and f@#k up anything moving. Z06 is already a car pulling in high 10s stock.. and ZR1 will be in the 9s. U can't more special than that without spending $1Mil. 

    I'll hold off and simply buy the Mid-Engine in its second year I think tho.. unless they say its on sale date isn't til 2020.. and then I might have to upgrade in 2018-2019 to a Z06 or ZR1

    No disrespect to the Corvette's outright performance, it's just that in the past Z06 was always meant weight-conscious and naturally aspirated. The C5 and C6 Z06 were both under 3200 lbs, the C7 Z06 is over 3500 lbs. That's a clear change in approach that defies the name's heritage. It's an incredible supercar nonetheless, even if overheating issues put a damper on the release.

    Hearing the ZR1 is slated to be another supercharged 6.2L just seems mundane after rumors of DOHC and turbochargers (and knowing such an engine is well into development for Cadillac).

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    1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

    My guess is that they will want over $100k for it.   Mid engine cars are expensive.  I am surprised to hear of 3 engine options.  Do they really need 3 on a low volume car?

    Porsche has offered multiple engines on the 911 for years and is also low volume. Options are a good thing too, last time I checked. 

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    50 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

    Porsche has offered multiple engines on the 911 for years and is also low volume. Options are a good thing too, last time I checked. 

    Yes but the 911 has one flat six engine in a lot of different tunes and with and without turbo or maybe they are all turbo now they are headed there.  

    Since they already have a Corvette with 2 engine options, and this mid engine Corvette is a specialty car which I assume would be $100k and up, then 2 engines (like NA and Supercharged) would be enough.

    If however they kill the front engine Corvette then I can see 3 engine choices in the mid engine car.  I agree that choices are good, but there is a development cost and certification cost to that also.

    Last month 80% of GM's sales were trucks and crossovers.  That trend probably isn't getting reversed so you got to figure GM will put 80% of their R&D into more trucks and crossovers.

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    3 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    Yes but the 911 has one flat six engine in a lot of different tunes and with and without turbo or maybe they are all turbo now they are headed there.  

    Since they already have a Corvette with 2 engine options, and this mid engine Corvette is a specialty car which I assume would be $100k and up, then 2 engines (like NA and Supercharged) would be enough.

    If however they kill the front engine Corvette then I can see 3 engine choices in the mid engine car.  I agree that choices are good, but there is a development cost and certification cost to that also.

    Last month 80% of GM's sales were trucks and crossovers.  That trend probably isn't getting reversed so you got to figure GM will put 80% of their R&D into more trucks and crossovers.

    And? The Vette using two engines is not a big deal at all so adding one more is perfectly fine in this realm. Again, it's called choice which is ALWAYS a good thing. You are also assuming that this will be in addition to a regular Vette, which no one knows for sure at this point. If it replaces the current model entirely, then that makes this an even smarter move by GM to offer more choice in the engine department. However, even if they do keep the current Vette (front engine), then it still isn't a big deal to have three engine choice for the more expensive mid-engine model. BTW, you made my point about this by illustrating the 911 engine uses here. The Vette uses a similar formula so again, this is not a big deal except for those just looking to, yet again, nitpick GM.

     

    One last thing. How many engine choices are there for the low volume S Class? I bring it up because they sell fewer models of it than Chevy does for the Vette so I'm curious how you address that

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    3 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    Yes but the 911 has one flat six engine in a lot of different tunes and with and without turbo or maybe they are all turbo now they are headed there.  

    Since they already have a Corvette with 2 engine options, and this mid engine Corvette is a specialty car which I assume would be $100k and up, then 2 engines (like NA and Supercharged) would be enough.

    If however they kill the front engine Corvette then I can see 3 engine choices in the mid engine car.  I agree that choices are good, but there is a development cost and certification cost to that also.

    Last month 80% of GM's sales were trucks and crossovers.  That trend probably isn't getting reversed so you got to figure GM will put 80% of their R&D into more trucks and crossovers.

    This is just pure, unadulterated trolling.

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    8 hours ago, surreal1272 said:

    And? The Vette using two engines is not a big deal at all so adding one more is perfectly fine in this realm. Again, it's called choice which is ALWAYS a good thing. You are also assuming that this will be in addition to a regular Vette, which no one knows for sure at this point. If it replaces the current model entirely, then that makes this an even smarter move by GM to offer more choice in the engine department. However, even if they do keep the current Vette (front engine), then it still isn't a big deal to have three engine choice for the more expensive mid-engine model. BTW, you made my point about this by illustrating the 911 engine uses here. The Vette uses a similar formula so again, this is not a big deal except for those just looking to, yet again, nitpick GM.

     

    One last thing. How many engine choices are there for the low volume S Class? I bring it up because they sell fewer models of it than Chevy does for the Vette so I'm curious how you address that

    S-class sells near 100,000 units per year world wide, I believe they have 2 diesels, which are probably going to be gone soon, a V6, a hybrid, 2 V8s and 2 V12s.  But the 4.7 liter and 5.5 liter V8s are getting dumped this year for the 4.0 liter.

    There is a front engine ZR1 coming, so they will have 3 engine options in the front engine Corvette.  If the mid-engine car has the same 3 then that makes sense.  My original point was that I don't see GM making 3 new engines for a low volume car.  But if they use the same 3 in the front engine model  then the engineering is already paid for.

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    51 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    S-class sells near 100,000 units per year world wide, I believe they have 2 diesels, which are probably going to be gone soon, a V6, a hybrid, 2 V8s and 2 V12s.  But the 4.7 liter and 5.5 liter V8s are getting dumped this year for the 4.0 liter.

    My original point was that I don't see GM making 3 new engines for a low volume car.  But if they use the same 3 in the front engine model  then the engineering is already paid for.

    Yes and if it was not for them using those engines in other products, all those engine options would not survive for a single auto that only sells 100K a year globally. GM like MB uses the engines in various tunes on various products throughout their portfolio. Thus spreading the cost of R&D around to allow them to have options.

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    2 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    S-class sells near 100,000 units per year world wide, I believe they have 2 diesels, which are probably going to be gone soon, a V6, a hybrid, 2 V8s and 2 V12s.  But the 4.7 liter and 5.5 liter V8s are getting dumped this year for the 4.0 liter.

    There is a front engine ZR1 coming, so they will have 3 engine options in the front engine Corvette.  If the mid-engine car has the same 3 then that makes sense.  My original point was that I don't see GM making 3 new engines for a low volume car.  But if they use the same 3 in the front engine model  then the engineering is already paid for.

    Thanks for proving my point because S Class worldwide sales are still low volume (and I should clarify that I was referring to US sales) by definition and offering multiple engine packages has clearly never been an issue for them. What's funny here is that despite having as large an R&D budget as Benz, you don't think GM has the resources or the need to spread that out on a world beating car. 

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    I'd imagine the volume on a mid-engine Corvette would be small, like 20% of front engine Corvette sales, maybe even 10%.  So we are talking low volume.  If they share the new engines with Cadillac they can spread cost.   This rumor of LT2, LT6, etc looks like they are making something new, and not using the current Z06 engine.

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    8 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    This rumor of LT2, LT6, etc looks like they are making something new, and not using the current Z06 engine

    Yeah....

    Just like every new generation Vette that comes out...there is almost always a new engine that goes along with it...

    There are exceptions of course when a new engine goes in the last of the old generation...but in general...a new gen Vette appears, so does a new engine...

    And in between, HP bumps and tweaks are offered and sometimes new engines are introduced mid-cycle...but usually...a decade goes by with the same generation platform so sometimes new engines are introduced to compliment the base engines along the way...

    Standard industry wide practice I would assume...and GM with the Corvette is no different...

    Why is this perplexing you?

     

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    it's hard to believe that after 50 years of mid-engined Corvette prototypes and speculation, it may actually happen.   Though I figure odds are good it will get cancelled before production begins...

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    14 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    I'd imagine the volume on a mid-engine Corvette would be small, like 20% of front engine Corvette sales, maybe even 10%.  So we are talking low volume.  If they share the new engines with Cadillac they can spread cost.   This rumor of LT2, LT6, etc looks like they are making something new, and not using the current Z06 engine.

    I do not care about volume. I only highlighted it to show you that low volume clearly doesn't matter when it comes to offering options. Surely if Benz, Porsche, and a host of other makes can get away with it, then so can GM. It's that simple, regardless of the obvious trolling attempt going on here.

    8 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

    Yeah....

    Just like every new generation Vette that comes out...there is almost always a new engine that goes along with it...

    There are exceptions of course when a new engine goes in the last of the old generation...but in general...a new gen Vette appears, so does a new engine...

    And in between, HP bumps and tweaks are offered and sometimes new engines are introduced mid-cycle...but usually...a decade goes by with the same generation platform so sometimes new engines are introduced to compliment the base engines along the way...

    Standard industry wide practice I would assume...and GM with the Corvette is no different...

    Why is this perplexing you?

     

    Because this is about GM. That's why it's perplexing him. If this were about Benz, the narrative would be completely different.  

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    54 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

    I do not care about volume. I only highlighted it to show you that low volume clearly doesn't matter when it comes to offering options. Surely if Benz, Porsche, and a host of other makes can get away with it, then so can GM. It's that simple, regardless of the obvious trolling attempt going on here.

    Because this is about GM. That's why it's perplexing him. If this were about Benz, the narrative would be completely different.  

    Yeah, his single-focus M-B fanboy bias really comes through clearly...

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    I am not against options, for the past couple years I have said there should be a V6 Corvette that undercuts the current V8 pricing to widen the appeal of the car.   My surprise was that the Corvette has 2 engine choices now and they were going to do an exclusive mid engine version then give it 3 engine choices?   I like the idea of a hybrid Corvette though.

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    17 hours ago, cp-the-nerd said:

    No disrespect to the Corvette's outright performance, it's just that in the past Z06 was always meant weight-conscious and naturally aspirated. The C5 and C6 Z06 were both under 3200 lbs, the C7 Z06 is over 3500 lbs. That's a clear change in approach that defies the name's heritage. It's an incredible supercar nonetheless, even if overheating issues put a damper on the release.

    Hearing the ZR1 is slated to be another supercharged 6.2L just seems mundane after rumors of DOHC and turbochargers (and knowing such an engine is well into development for Cadillac).

    Lotta extra hardware in going S/C, plus DOD and Direct Injection.. not to mention a certain level of luxury appointments in the C7 that are absolutely absent from the C5 and C6. Sorry.. the Corvette guys made the C7 a better car than either.. Z06 or otherwise. As an ex owner of both.. and 2 gens before.. I can attest that they made right decisions with exception to the small inter-cooler this time around and not giving the car a more up to the task cooling system considering the additional heat. Either way.. those negatives are fixed as far as I kno.. and again.. a better car. To me.. in a world of EVs getting press by not gear heads for simply being able to have instant torque and this faster 0-60 times.. I say a Z06, Z51, GS are absolute genius car making in the flesh. Perhaps the C8, utilizing some of the CT6's Omega engineering may be lighter.. but I still miss the issue of its additional 250lbs actually hindering any of the model's performance. A C7 will beat a C6 in any form, including the ZR1 C6. 

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