First rumors said the new Corvette C7 would be revealed sometime in 2011, but now it seems there will be a longer wait for the next generation of the gas-hungry American icon. General Motors has delayed the next generation Covette C7 until the 2014 model year.

This delay comes with some good news for Corvette purists. The idea to go mid-engined looks like its been scrapped due to budget concerns of creating a totally new car. Other possible good news is that by the time the new Corvette hits the streets we may have sorted out the gas crisis, and the rumors of a V6 base version (a sin in Corvette circles) may have time to die out.

Both pieces of news are nothing new to Corvette. The C6 was introduced in 2005, and by the time its replaced, the nine-year life cycle is almost average for the sports car (the C3 lasted for fourteen years and the C4 was around for twelve). As far as a V6 under the hood, the Corvette’s first engine was a V6, the V8 wasn’t available until two years later.


Source: MotorTrend

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  (2) posted on 11.20.2011

Another biased article sourced from MOTOR TREND. Seems like every time they write something about an American car, you can pretty much bet that they’re going to dog it one way or another. I don’t know what kind of Corvette they’re driving, but my 2008 Z51 hardly is a "gas guzzler". I average around 30 mpg, which is really good for car with 436 hp. Nothing coming out of Europe with that kind of power gets even close to that kind of gas mileage.

As for a mid engined Corvette, most of us Corvette purist want nothing to do with it. That will be one sure way of screwing up the car. It makes no difference where the engine is as long as your outcome is a balanced vehicle, and the current Corvette is about as balanced as you can get, not only from front to back, but also from side to side. Porsch can’t make that claim.

Last but not least, there was NEVER a V6 in any Corvette in the history of the car. Did you hear that MOTOR TREND?!?!?! The six cylinder engine that was used during the first two years of production was the Blue Flame Six, and that was a straight six, not a V-6. Nobody built a V-6 in the early to mid 50s.

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