The Future of the C7 Corvette

Perhaps GM is not as bullish on Corvette as we thought!

Keith Cornett (see his CorvetteBlogger posting on the subject yesterday) has queried why there is no communication from GM about management changes at Corvette, and it is a fair question.  Other bloggers (see The AutoExtremist yesterday, as an example) are wisely pointing out that GM is at the precipice of ruin.

With so many huge issues to deal with – federal government bailouts or loan guarantees, political changes, even survival — frankly it is not a surprise that the some of the standard niceties like press releases may get neglected.  However, we would still like to have them.

We need to hope, even pray, that GM survives to build the Corvette we love so much well into the future!  I think we’ll take a leaner, maybe even a meaner, General Motors and Chevrolet, but let us have more gorgeous and capable vehicles like the ZR1 and Z06!

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  1. Neil Collins says:

    They build this and its designed to fit my 6″3 frame comfortable in the driver seat. Its done deal I will purchase. I presently own a C1 Corvette and I barely fit. I need an everyday driver corvette guys.

  2. GMan says:

    It’s a shame the Corvette doesn’t currently incorporate an updated and increased displacement E-85 version of the “XV8″ (2001 era experimental design as an extra-cost option) or at least a current production AFM equipped V8. It was designed to include DI, AFM, and could also idle on four cylinders as well. If combined with the improved BAS-plus hybrid system (Li-ion battery), fuel mileage would today be quite incredible for a 400+ hp vehicle. Once warmed up, and stopped at a traffic signal, the Corvette could accelerate at modest to moderate levels using just four cylinders and the BAS-plus electric motor. At highway speeds under light load conditions, it could again cruise and operate on just four cylinders. This is a no-brainer — and some of us would “gladly pay” for these options — irregardless of their “payback period,” if ever. In the future, a “two-mode hybrid system” could be included, or made optional, with either an advanced twin-turbo V6 gas, or modern 4.5 liter V8 diesel engine. Volt/Ampera technology could also be incorporated as well. Maybe getting an electric drive motor for each wheel?

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