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Secret, mid-engined C8 Corvette to be THE American supercar

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Serious dirt on the revolutionary next-gen Vette.

By Don Sherman October 5, 2014 / Photos by Nick Kaloterakis

GM’s head of global product development, Mark Reuss, confirms that the company is working on the next Corvette. Our sources elaborate on this salient piece of information, telling us that, after 61 years of evolution, the C8 will be revolutionary. The new Corvette will be the mid-engined American Dream Machine that Chevy couldn’t, until now, muster the courage to build. In truth, the factory is still not prepared to detail what’s coming, which is why you’re looking at the 2017 model year through our freshly waxed crystal ball. Continue reading Secret, mid-engined C8 Corvette to be THE American supercar

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High-revving Supercharger Key to LT4’s Impressive Power Curve

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While 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft peak torque are impressive numbers and certain attention grabbers, there’s another figure buried in the presentation for the Corvette Z06’s supercharged LT4 engine that is quite intriguing.

“The LT4 is only one inch taller than a naturally aspirated LT1 engine,” says Jordan Lee, chief engineer and program manager. Continue reading High-revving Supercharger Key to LT4’s Impressive Power Curve

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2015 Corvette Stingray Valet Mode PDR May Violate Wiretapping Laws, GM Working On Update

Aside from testing for top speed, it’s not often that using a new car’s features could land you with a hefty fine or a stint in jail—but that could be the case with the 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray’s new Valet Mode for its Performance Data Recorder system. Continue reading 2015 Corvette Stingray Valet Mode PDR May Violate Wiretapping Laws, GM Working On Update

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Mid-Engine Corvette ZR1 To Bow In 2017, Cost $150k: Report

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Work has commenced on the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette, the C8, and word on the street is that the car will ride on a new mid-engine platform under development at General Motors Company [NYSE:GM]. While the C8 isn’t due until the end of the decade, a car riding on its platform may appear much sooner than that.

No, we’re not talking about the new sports car recently hinted at by Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen, although it is a distinct possibility Cadillac may eventually launch a car based on the new mid-engine platform. No, we’re talking about a new generation of the Corvette ZR1, which Car and Driver reports may be launched as early as the 2017 model year and sport a price tag of around $150,000. Continue reading Mid-Engine Corvette ZR1 To Bow In 2017, Cost $150k: Report

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Zora Mid-Engine Corvette To Show Face By 2017

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Yes, you read that right. In 2017, the Corvette will finally introduce a mid-engine layout it was always meant for, with the C8 Corvette Zora, or perhaps the C7 Corvette ZR1.

Of course, those in-the-know have long heard murmurings of a mid-engine ‘Vette, and Chevy has even built several prototypes in the past – such as the 1976 Aerovette and the 1990 CERV III. But General Motors has always entertained the idea with caution, knowing that it’s an expensive change, and one that could potentially alienate a lot of the brand’s die hard loyalists.

Apparently, Chevrolet has decided that America is finally ready. The new Zora-ZR1 supercar will sit at the top of the Corvette range, above the 650 hp Z06, and (for a time) stand alone in offering the MR layout, likely sold alongside the current C7. It’s expected to still maintain Chevrolet’s beloved Small Block in some form, although specific powertrain details are a mystery. And while reports believe that the Zora will keep the aluminum space frame currently seen in the C7 in some way, we have reasons to believe the Corvette C8 will introduce a new platform entirely.

As for the body, we could see carbon fiber doors over the current fiberglass ones. and while Car and Driver believes the chassis will still make use of reworked magnetorheological dampers, control arms and composite leaf springs, we also believe a new suspension system will be introduced.

Though, at this moment, the shroud of mystery is still very much covering the 2017 Corvette Zora-ZR1, and only serves to pique our interest even more. After all, the news of a mid-engine American sportscar is something we’ve not had since the Pontiac Fiero. We just want to buy the C8 a drink and ask all about its powertrain options, new architecture, when it thinks it’ll be ready to become America’s only Corvette, etc.

But as they say, good things come to those who wait.

Credit: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2014/09/zora-mid-engine-corvette-to-show-face-by-2017/#ixzz3D8tbQZRd

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