A couple of days ago GM confirmed that there will be no new Corvette for at least next two years. Now Autocar reveals that they are taking their sweet time because the next ‘Vette is going to be “completely different”.
What do they mean by that? Well, the looks will certainly change, hopefully for the better as they are talking about bringing back the split rear window from 1963. But the more important change is about the powertrain. The word is that a new mid-engine platform is a strong possibility for the new Chevy Corvette. That will make the car a more global product, something that can rival Ferraris and Porsches.
The engine itself will be affected by the new policies, which means the current 7 liter V8 will be axed in favor of a smaller one but with greater power. GM is also looking at a V6 alternative.
I know these changes are to make the Corvette a better car, higher performance, better efficiency. But a large part of a car’s appeal is its character. And the ‘Vette has always been a front-engine V8-powered rear-drive car and it should stays that way.