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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That mid-engine Corvette youve been waiting for? Its now happening yet, but there are some interesting things going on behind the seats of Chevys sports car.
Noted Corvette tuner Callaway Car has confirmed the availability of the AeroWagen conversion that it first proposed in 2013. It replaces the glass hatchback with a carbon fiber one that transforms the Corvette coupe into whats typically known as a “shooting brake.”
This is a tough one. So many possibilities, so little space. But with spring finally here and classic cars emerging from hibernation across the country, we asked our Facebook followers: which car is the best cruiser?
First a disclaimer todays cars are decked out with so many modern (and standard) conveniences that an argument could be made that even the most basic of daily drivers could be considered a decent cruiser, depending on your trips length. So newer cars are out; were talking classics here.
Which brings us to the tough part. There are so many awesome classic cruisers out there that determining a top five that will resonate with the masses is a total crapshoot. Yes, wed take a Porsche 911 in a heartbeat. Yes, a Volkswagen Kombi would be fun as long as the cruise included scenic stops and overnight stays. And yes, a Mercedes drop-top (like a 280SL) would certainly fit the bill. But those three didnt make our list.
We went for length and luxury with a dash of sportiness. And we have just one requirement across the board: make ours a convertible please.
1955-63 Ford Thunderbird
Take your pick here. The 1955-57, 58-60 and 61-63 T-Birds arent identical, but they all have personalities that we like all with V-8 power. As the story goes, the Thunderbirds rapid development was Fords answer to the Corvette, but the car was a champion of comfort and convenience (personally luxury, as Ford called it), not sportiness. It worked.
1959 Buick LeSabre
The 59 LeSabre was actually rushed to market as an answer to Chryslers fresh designs, and GM did an incredible job considering it didnt have its normal lead time. The LeSabres fins were canted, and so were its dual headlights. Add a 364-cid, 250-hp Buick V-8 under the hood and there was plenty to like. Driving one is a pleasure no matter how close or far the destination.
1958 Oldsmobile Super 88
Redesigned for 58, the Super 88 was chromed out and badged to the max. It was also smooth and powerful. And what would cruising be like without a little music? The new Super 88 featured a transportable radio, which could be removed and used outside the car upon arrival.
1961 Lincoln Continental
The 61 Continental was based on a stretched version of a proposed 1961 Thunderbird two-door hardtop that had been rejected as too classy and not sporty enough for the typical Thunderbird buyer. But it certainly worked as Lincolns new and improved Continental. In an effort to limit the cars size as much as possible and to make the rear seat easier to access, the Continental featured suicide doors. The car was still massive though, weighing nearly 5,000 pounds, and it had an engine to match: 430 cid and 320 hp. Big car, smooth ride.
1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
The luxurious 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz had it all (and still does): Good looks, power (390-cid, 345-hp V-8), legroom and smooth ride, plus Biarritz was just a fancy name for convertible (in addition to a French Basque reference). For all those things plus the fact that not many were built (1,285) the Biarritz is one of the most desirable classic American automobiles out there. Its also an amazing cruiser.