Goldilocks, your Corvette is here.
Chevrolet has introduced the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport at the Geneva Motor Show. Part Corvette Stingray, proportion Corvette Z0 6, it may be more appealing than both.
It may be the answer to the $729 million question.
Several media outlets have published spy photos of what appear to be the long-rumored mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette undergoing testing at General Motor Milford Proving Grounds.
Shot from a great distance, the grainy images show a camouflaged prototype bearing the hallmarks of a mid-engine auto, including a rear end featuring wide bodywork and flying buttressings with an empty space between them where an engine could be.
Only seen from the side and behind, the car is being driven in the company of a present generation front-engine Corvette, and shares the models signature twin taillights.
Car and Driver reports that its debut will take place at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show and mark the end of the front-engine Corvette. Its cost is expected to start at $80,000, about the same as todays top of the line Corvette Z06 and $25,000 more than a base Corvette Stingray. By contrast, the mid-engine Ford GT will cost around $400,000 when it goes on sale afterwards this year.
While General Motors has not officially confirmed it is even considering a mid-engine Corvette or Corvette replacement, when asked about it at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, GM product chief Mark Reuss told FoxNews.com to stay tuned the brand that sells more performance cars than anybody else in the world, were known for astonishes .
Several recent moves by the automaker indicate one could be on the way.
The first were trademarks for the names Zora and E-Ray filed over the past couple of years. Zora Arkus-Duntov was the engineer that turned the Corvette into a true performance car, so a next-generation model honoring him is possible, while E-Ray indicates a hybrid powertrain option could be in the works, pitting the mid-engine Corvette against the likes of the Acura NSX and BMW i8.
More recently, General Motors announced a $290 million investment in the Bowling Green Assembly facility where the Corvette is built to modify the plants vehicle assembly operations with new technologies and processes, without spelling out exactly what those are for. This follows a $439 million investment for a new paint shop at the factory, which only constructs the Corvette at the relatively low rate of about 25,000 autoes annually.
It is possible that General Motor has plans to amortize that investment by building a auto for another one of its brands on the same platform, as it did with the 2004 -2 009 Cadillac XLR. Cadillac President Johan De Nysschen lent credence to such a move at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, telling FoxNews.com I think there is room for a halo performance car such as that in our lineup ,~ ATAGEND adding that one will come.
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