Late Night Speculation: C7 Corvette Moving to Kappa Platform?

Late Night Speculation: C7 Corvette Moving to Kappa Platform?

A Kappa-Platform Corvette?

Yet another tip from my new friend George led me over to Automotive News where a preview of an article that’s related to the recent GM-UAW agreement and the now famous summary outlining the distribution of future GM products states the following:

Two GM plants are left without long-term products
Orion Township, Mich., and Wilmington, Del., will wait
General Motors’ Orion Township, Mich., plant and its assembly plant in Wilmington, Del., did not have new vehicles designated for them as part of broad job guarantees in GM’s tentative new contract with the UAW. Wilmington does not have replacements for the Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky and Opel GT roadsters after 2011. The contract says the next generation of Solstice and Sky will be built at Bowling Green, Ky.

Whoa, Kappa designated platforms will be moving to Bowling Green AFTER 2011? And the C7 Corvette is now slated to be introduced in 2012. And Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tom Wallace is also the Vehicle Line Chief for GM Performance Cars, which in addition to the Corvette and Cadillac XLR includes the Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky and the Opel GT.

Do you see where I am going with this?

A year ago this month, a bomb was dropped by CorvetteConti.com who wrote about an inside source saying there was a possibility of a Kappa-based vehicle wearing a Corvette badge and sporting a V6. The enthusiast community cried NOOOOOO while Zora rolled over in his grave (I know his ashes are in a urn at the NCM, but that visual doesn’t work here).

But let’s drop the V6 aspect of that story for a minute and concentrate on the core concept: a Kappa-based Corvette. Sure we know economies of scale and the dollars saved when the brands share a platform. Motor Trend even mentions the Kappa C7 Corvette possibility in their Nov 2007 issue. We also know that the Kappa can handle a big V8, as Mallet proved by dropping an LS2 into the Solstice. The downside though is that one kappa looks like the others: The Opel GT looks like a Saturn Sky, which looks like a Pontiac Solstice. Imagine driving down the road, seeing a familiar looking car and throwing out a Corvette Wave, only to find out it wasn’t a Corvette at all. Remember the front view of the Fiero anyone?

Of course this is all just late night speculation on my part. I don’t have an account to Automotive News (help anyone?) so the complete story could be just the opposite. For all I know it could say that the Kappa platform vehicles are going to be sharing the Corvette platform in 2012. But I don’t even think “Maximum” Bob Lutz could sell that story…


Source:
Automotive News
CorvetteConti.com

Related:
A V6 Corvette? Hell No Chevy!!!

 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. thanks corvetteblogger…..you bet the community yelled NOOOO. They called me names too, no biggie. The C7 has a lot in store for us, stay tuned. I want to help share any and all we can….

    Thumbs up!

  2. I love the idea of a kappa based corvette. Priced and powerd right the corvette brand could build a real boxter fighter. With far better performence. Maybe even a true performence based stripper model. Like the RS 911s. At less then half the price. With a small displacement v8. The buzz about the new 4.8 v8 makes me think. But this kappa corvette must look like a corvette. The sky/solstice should continue to evolve alone. Priced right it could steal sales from cars priced just below it. Such as the 350z, s2000 and mustang GT. At a higer price point could more wholy challenge the lesser porsches, And at the highest price point, porsches track cars masqurading as street cars.

    Corvetteconti? I know you from digitalcorvettes.com.

  3. I love the idea of a kappa based corvette. Priced and powerd right the corvette brand could build a real boxter fighter. With far better performence. Maybe even a true performence based stripper model. Like the RS 911s. At less then half the price. With a small displacement v8. The buzz about the new 4.8 v8 makes me think. But this kappa corvette must look like a corvette. The sky/solstice should continue to evolve alone. Priced right it could steal sales from cars priced just below it. Such as the 350z, s2000 and mustang GT. At a higer price point could more wholy challenge the lesser porsches, And at the highest price point, porsches track cars masqurading as street cars.

  4. This is very interesting news indeed! This just adds to the already large pool of speculation revolving around the highly awaited C7 Corvette. This is an article that I will definetely have to put up on Smokinvette.com and see what the members have to say about it! Can’t wait!

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