Autoweek, through its sister publication Automotive News, included some future product news for Chevrolet in yesterday’s News Brake which includes a couple nuggets on the C7 Corvette. The podcast tells us nothing new and I’m having flashbacks to Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter’s rant back in April when he called out the automotive magazines for making up stories which contain pure speculation and no facts to support the argument. Now that I’ve set the table, let’s see what Autoweek is serving.
Yes, 2013 will be the year the Corvette turns 60, and we heard early on that the target for the C7 was initially 2012 as a 2013 model. Autoweek says that timeframe is just a little too early and anticipates that a 2014 release is more likely. Why, isn’t 2014 the 30th anniversary of the C4? It sure is, and if history serves us correct, that Corvette was also destined to be released on the 30th anniversary of the 1953 Corvette, but production delays pushed it back far enough for it to become a 1984 model year. So don’t expect GM to get all misty-eyed over these anniversary dates. They’ll release the C7 when its ready.
Autoweek also reports the new Corvette will be powered by a twin turbo V6. With so much hay being made about a V6-powered Corvette, I do wonder if this an attempt to get us comfortable with the idea of a smaller displacement engine. I would say most enthusiasts still believe the V8 is a requirement, but I disagree. The only real requirement is that the C7 Corvette must provide owners with a bullet-proof powertrain that can dominate higher end sports cars like the current configuration does today. In the end, if engineers go with a V6 that is turbo-charged or supercharged and can blow the doors of a Porsche, what does it matter?
From a speculative standpoint, the V6-powered Corvette is an interesting narrative that sparks dialog and contention whenever its mentioned. Combined with recent revelations from a Saab engineer about a dual-clutch transmission for a twin turbo V6, it’s just one of the major C7 plotlines that will be around until GM proves otherwise.
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[VIDEO] Tadge Juechter Talks About the C7 Corvette; Calls Out Automobile Magazine for Misinformation