Saab confirms mid-engined Corvette...Wait, Saab?

Chevrolet prepares radical mid-engined Corvette C8 Exterior
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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.

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Source: AutoCar UK

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14 comments:

  (530) posted on 06.10.2011

I hope by this time, they’re going to uplift the value of this car. In other words, it should be brought back to the spotlight.

  (462) posted on 04.4.2011

Im not really sure if they could increase the torque that much. But well, I do believe on the capability of Saab engineers.

  (831) posted on 04.1.2011

Well, I do believe that Saab need to trimmed down the weight of Corvette in order to perform at its best. However, I don’t like front of this car,it looks like a stingray concept.

  (532) posted on 03.22.2011

Well, i think there plan for the next production "mid-engined Corvette" would be a modified version. I do hope that will convert their current engine transmission into v8 since we are talking about a supercar. Don’t just plan about a lighter weight a better mileage also!

  (619) posted on 10.15.2010

(BTW, with all due respect on your point about people complaining about the interior, I’m pretty sure GM can improve the interior based on the fact that all car manufacturers (including GM) have made huge strides in interiors recently without changing the price point. The C6 is from a GM under Wagoner and was designed in 2002-2003 or before, so it’s too late for this. Also, a lot of folks (like myself) have been eying the Corvettes for awhile now but don’t commit as we’re looking for a nice place to sit during the commute that also matches the Vette classy looks. With competition like the new Shelby and even the CTS-V and M3, the Vette is harder to stomach. There are Audi and BMW owners etc who are def looking at American rides these days for the performance, value etc but want a nicer experience to make the switch and it’s possible as GM and Ford are demonstrating.

  (340) posted on 10.12.2010

Me too! I have been waiting for a mid-engine Corvette since birth.

  (460) posted on 10.3.2010

they are picking up where they left off, all new 5.5L v8 will be behind the driver

  (257) posted on 09.30.2010

Nothing against a force fed V6 mind you, just not my flavor of hot sauce in a Corvette.

  (247) posted on 09.27.2010

Mid engine are coming back. This rumor keeps popping up every so often its kinda funny.

  (462) posted on 09.1.2010

Cheering for GM, one of my favorite cars, the Corvette.

  (807) posted on 08.18.2010

I believe MotorTrend had a section of mea culpa for when they announced the birth of a mid engined corvette on their front cover.

  (939) posted on 08.12.2010

Woah!. This beast needs to be controled, Saab has released a great car and it’s a mid engined too.

  (1) posted on 08.10.2010

V-6 Corvette? With a non-manual transmission? Count me out. I’m agnostic about the front-engine vs. mid-engine thing, but this looks like an excuse for more computer-operated crap like cylinder shutdown that is antithetical to what the Vette should be. This sounds like something Government Motors would come up with — change for the sake of change contrary to the wishes of the ownership base.

  (340) posted on 08.8.2010

v6 mid engine..Caddy CTS shows 3.0 L, 270 HP 18 / 27 mpg and 3.6 L 304 HP at the same MPG. I could be interested.

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