Even though it’s kept the same basic design for almost 60 years, long design cycles, a rabid fanbase and several tantalizing concepts mean there’s always wild speculation circulating about the next Corvette. Here are the five most talked-about rumors:
5. The Corvette is Getting a V6
With automakers facing stricter fuel economy requirements and details of the upcoming LF3 Twin Turbo V6 leaking out, it seemed very possible that the C7 would be getting this engine instead of a small block V8. These rumors were bolstered by the news that the LF3 and the new L86 V8 had almost the same power output, making it seem like a no-brainer to use the V6. Instead, GM revealed a high output L86 with cylinder deactivation to keep fuel use in check.
4. There will be a Hybrid
In an interview with the L.A. Times, GM President Mark Reuss made some casual remarks about a hybrid powertrain, saying drivers would “love it.” However, the Corvette’s most-bang-for-the-buck approach makes it highly unlikely that Chevy will add so much weight and complexity to the car.
3. The Next Corvette will be All Wheel Drive
Shortly after Haldex introduced their high performance “XWD” all wheel drive for the Saab 9-3, a wide track mule was spotted on their testing grounds, spurring rumors that it would be applied to the Corvette. It turned out the mule was built to adapt the system for Cadillacs.
2. The Next Corvette Will Have a Rotary Engine
In the 1970s, GM had licensed NSU’s rotary engine and planned to build a version for the upcoming Monza. To promote the new technology, two Corvette-like prototypes were displayed: one used the Monza’s twin rotor and a second “Super Rotary” that put two motors together to make an engine producing a projected 420 hp. The project was quietly dropped after oil embargos made the gas guzzling engine uneconomical.
1. The Next Corvette Will Be Mid-Engine
Rumors of a mid-engine Corvette started in the 1970s thanks to the XP-882, Super Rotary and Aerovette show cars. Based on the same chassis, these mid-engine projects showed a clear path of development toward a future production car. The Aerovette was openly touted as a preview of the 1980 Corvette, but when the C4 finally arrived, it shared nothing with the concept. Although the project was dropped long ago, the subject comes up every time a new ‘Vette is under development.
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