Saab confirms mid-engined Corvette...Wait, Saab?
A few months ago a senior GM insider said that the C7 would be "the last of the traditional, old-style Corvettes" and that statement has resonated with a lot of us chomping at the bit to see the next generation of the Corvette. At that time, we reported that the change coming at the Corvette would be a mid-engined setup. Well, we were right.
Coming from a very unusual source, a senior Saab source to be exact, the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette project has been confirmed for us all. The Saab engineer said that Saab had developed a double clutch transmission for a "mid-engined version of the Corvette" back when Saab was still under the GM umbrella and that the wet clutch transmission was designed to cope with up to 590lb.-ft. of torque. FYI: That’s only a little less than the 604 lb.-ft. of torque produced by the Corvette ZR1.
AutoCar seems to think that the DCT project was put on hold due to the economical distress that occurred in 2008. We would tend to agree with that statement as many projects from a variety of places, professional and personal, had to be put on hold when the economy fell.
The latest rumors circulating the next generation C8 Corvette is that GM is considering downsizing the engine to a V6 and backing it up with some turbochargers. The new C8 will be lighter and more compact then the cuurent Corvette and should utilize an aluminum construction to pull off the weight reduction.
Source: AutoCar UK