I figured it would only be a matter of time before someone got hold of a GM executive for comment on the recent rumors of a mid-engine C7 Corvette equipped with a V6 and a wet dual-clutch transmission. Vice President of Global Vehicle Engineering Karl-Friedrich Stracke spoke with Automotive News and Autoweek on Tuesday and said the next-generation Corvette C7 will not be a mid-engine sports car and no V6 is planned or being tested.
Stracke’s comments come on the heels of multiple outlets (us included) reporting rumors of a twin-turbo V6 powered mid-engine Corvette complete with a dual clutch transmission. While most of these stories have been floating around the web for a year or two, they were pushed back into the forefront by Autocar.co.uk who claimed an unnamed engineer for Saab said the Swedish automaker had developed a wet dual-clutch transmission for a V6 powered mid-engine Corvette. Autoweek then put out the twin-turbo V6 story again just one day before its meeting with GM’s Stracke.
Stracke was also asked if the Corvette will ever be offered with a hybrid powertrain:
“That is an interesting idea.” Stracke added “Porsche has announced a full hybridization for their complete lineup. What can they do? They need it” to meet CAFE standards, he said. “The customer always wants power. That will not go away.”
Karl-Friedrich Stracke has been head of the GM’s global engineering since December. GM Spokesman Dan Flores was asked about Stracke’s comments and said he “is quashing those rumors” while adding “The rumors and speculation about the Corvette are just that. There is no mid-engine in the plans.”
Thanks for the tip, Mario!
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