Apparently Autocar sources were wrong this time! A while ago they started a rumor that for the next gen Chevrolet Corvette General Motors is considering a mid-engine layout and dual-clutch gearbox. It’s been revealed by some Saab engineers who said they’ve been involved in developing such a platform when they were working with GM.
Now though Karl-Friedrich Stracke, GM’s vice president of global vehicle engineering has confirmed in his interview with Autonews that they do not have such plans. He also ruled out the possibility of using a wet dual-clutch transmission for the new Corvette. So the good old Vette will retain its classic configuration.
But it’s not going to be all traditional and old school though. Stracke also gave a hint that there’s a good chance for GM to try out a hybrid powertrain for their sportscars to lower the CAFE and meet emission regulations. Don’t despair though, because they are promising that there will be no compromise on power.
“The customer always wants power. That will not go away.”
Said Stracke: “You could keep a normal powertain configuration for a small amount of very excited car enthusiasts and turn 80 to 90 percent of your sports car portfolio to hybridization.”