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New Corvette May Not Be As Radical As Expected

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On: Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 1:27PM | By: Chris Weiss

New Corvette May Not Be As Radical As Expected

For over a year, rumors have suggested that the next generation Corvette (C7) will be one of the most radical redesigns in the car's history. Some aspects, like the split-glass Stingray-style rear window, have been attributed directly to GM sources, while others, including the mid-engined layout, have been loose rumors. Between the official sound bites and rumors, it has long appeared that the C7 Corvette would be somewhat of a revolutionary redesign.

A new report this week suggest that the new Corvette will benefit from evolution, not revolution. While GM will look to update the Corvette, the sporty flagship will likely look a lot like the same, ol' Corvette that we see now.

About two months ago, Chevy global design chief Ed Welburn explained the catch 22 of redesigning the Corvette: "You want it to be a new design, but it needs to be recognizable as a Corvette...You don't want to be the guy who screwed it up."

It looks like that type of thinking is leading Chevy to be pretty conservative, if we're to believeGM Inside News. The website reports that GM has a very modest design change in mind for the Corvette, which will not include a split rear window. While it will be more "European looking," the Corvette won't diverge drastically from the C6.

GMIN's report contradicts past reports from GM executives, however. Ed Welburn admitted to a split rear window in 2009, and GM North American chief Mark Reuss promised that the next Corvette would be "completely different" earlier this year.

It's possible that GM nixed some of the more drastic changes to make the redesign more humble, and it’s possible that GMIN's report underestimates the level of change on the C7. We'll have to wait until the model debuts next year to know for sure.

In addition to sharing the C6's looks, the C7 will use the standard 6.2-liter V-8 engine, according to the most recent news. That contradicts past reports of a smaller displacement V-8 or V-6 and possible turbo.

The only place that GMIN has the C7 changing radically is the interior. Perhaps the only fact that survives from one C7 report to the next is that Chevy is unhappy with the current model's interior and plans to upgrade it with higher quality materials.



Stephy21 | 9:34AM (Thu, Nov 17, 2011)

you would think after a while GM would want to come out with a fresh new look for the corvette but i guess it might just be the same as all the other ones.

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