The Bugatti Veyron and the Porsche 918 Spyder, two of the most advanced hypercars ever, have four driven wheels. Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car, the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, is all-wheel drive. Audi’s quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system was deemed an “unfair advantage” and banned from use in road racing. AMG is building more all-wheel-drive Benzes than ever. My colleagues and I have discussed it, and we agree: BMWs with xDrive are generally better to drive than their rear-wheel drive counterparts, so would it really be that awful if the Corvette were offered with a state-of-the-art all-wheel-drive system?
I don’t believe it would be awful at all. Granted, it would increase the car’s weight and expense, and probably decrease its responsiveness, but what would an all-wheel-drive system add to the Corvette?
I’m not saying all-wheel drive would make Corvettes better — I’m just saying I would like to experience how AWD affects the car’s character. Haven’t you ever wondered what it would be like if you were given the use of a new talent for a day? I wonder that about America’s sports car. I wonder what the Corvette would be like if it were offered in a different flavor.
I know I’ll see Chevrolet produce an all-wheel-drive Corvette around the same time rain decides to fall up from the ground … in other words, I know an all-wheel-drive Corvette will never happen, but I still want one … I want one badly.
In the meantime, we have to make do with the existence of lifted 4×4 Corvettes … a different genre of Corvette with four driven wheels, but still entertaining.