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Chevy Details C7 Corvette's Global Ambitions

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On: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 4:42PM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy Details C7 Corvette's Global Ambitions

It's no secret that the next-generation Corvette, the C7 Corvette, is imminent. It's also not a secret that Chevy may just do something a little different with the C7. For years, media reports and rumors have suggested that Chevy might employ some drastic changes like a mid-engine layout and split rear windshield. GM executives recently fleshed out their motivation in making one of the most well-known, traditional icons of American automotives "completely different".

You see, GM isn't satisfied in having the pinnacle of American sports cars (in the absence of the Dodge Viper that's not even really debatable). What it really wants is to have a globally focused supercar that can compete with the European icons—think Ferrari, Aston Martin, and Porsche. Chevy didn't get into the details of what that will mean, but GM North American President Mark Reuss indicated that the goal of the new Corvette is to increase global appeal and success. A GM insider told Autocar that the C7 will be "completely different" from the C6. We're left thinking of a mid-engine layout and refined look.

One of the few details that Autocar gleaned from GM is that the exterior design will be "absolutely world class." Okay, that's not really a detail, but it does keep hope that the Corvette Stingray concept shown at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show will have a big role in influencing the production model. What better way to improve looks than to pull inspiration from a modernization of one of the most well-loved and collectible designs of your heritage?

Ever since I first got into sports cars when I was a kid in the 80s, I felt a very real class gap between the Lamborghinis, Porsches, and Ferraris, and the Corvettes. As hot and performance-ready as the Corvette is, and as good as it looks when put up against lesser American muscle cars like the Camaro or Mustang, it always kind of shrank when in the presence of true exotics. It’s almost there, but not quite on the same podium. It's like a stereotypical, uncouth American redneck eating a fancy dinner in Paris—he's hilarious and fun to hang out with here, but looks a little silly and out of his element over there.

Though rumors of a mid-engine layout have quieted recently, this report should bring them screaming back. A higher end interior is likely, as Chevy has been publicly unhappy with the current interior, something it's tried to remedy with some comfort upgrades for the 2012 Corvette.

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