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Old 01-30-2011, 03:02 PM   #1
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Just wanted to pass this along, March's Car and Driver magazine, pg.18.

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"The Corvette continues as front-engine, V-8 powered, but GM is reportedly working to reduce mass (or at least hold the line) to maintain C6 performance. Slightly longer than before, the C7 will have styling allegedly inspired by the split-widow '63 Sting Ray. Interior quality, not a Corvette strength, is now a high priority, and GM has set Audi as the benchmark for materials and fits. Three versions will be offered: base, Z06 and ZR1 (base versions may be called Grand Sport).
At launch, the V-8 portfolio will mirror today's, ranging from 430 to 638 horsepower. Later, all three engines will undergo displacement reductions to improve fuel economy."



I am wondering if the base version will be dropped and replaced with the G.S.?

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Old 01-30-2011, 03:07 PM   #2
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No, won't happen. Every other car magazine on earth keeps mentioning the split rear window styling. Nobody outside of GM knows what they're going to do for the C7. Even GM probably doesn't know what they're going to do.

Take this post to the C7 Forum and see how hard they laugh.

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I saw that. Same old rumors. I believe the 430 hp is correct. The rest who knows.
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I wouldn't want a rear split window. If that's the case have a front split window like the '40s cars. They're ugly. The '63 split window was ugly. In '63 why do you think GM stopped making split window Corvettes - no demand! People didn't want it. Only reason they hold their value now is because they're rare. Ever drive a Prius with the horizontal split window. It screws up the rear view image. I think it's a safety hazard.
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:19 PM   #6
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The idea that anyone would perpetuate that kind of back window now, let alone in 1963, is ridiculous. Now, I suppose some kind of see-thru paint or dye could replicate the look but there just isn't going to be any kind of bar like that in the back window.

Once again, I don't care who says what, until it comes officially out of GM's mouth, it is all just speculation, likely brought about and based on the Transformermobile.
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I wouldn't want a rear split window. If that's the case have a front split window like the '40s cars. They're ugly. The '63 split window was ugly. In '63 why do you think GM stopped making split window Corvettes - no demand! People didn't want it. Only reason they hold their value now is because they're rare. Ever drive a Prius with the horizontal split window. It screws up the rear view image. I think it's a safety hazard.
Actually,it was ZORA ARKUS-DUNTOV that didn't like the split window.He pulled strings and it was done away with in 64.The public had nothing to do with it.
As for the C7, it'll be big/small,with the same,less or more HP then current cars.In other words,when GM tells me what it is then and only then will I know for sure.
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Later, all three engines will undergo displacement reductions to improve fuel economy."
I think I'll hold onto my LS3 equipped 08 coupe.

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From a very reliable source at Chevy, the 5th generation Chevy small block will be 5.5 liter, still single cam pushrod engine obviously, but with variable valve timing set up much like the system in the Dodge Viper. Also direct injection and cylinder deactivation. Nearly the same HP, maybe slight increase, but better MPG.
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From a very reliable source at Chevy, the 5th generation Chevy small block will be 5.5 liter, still single cam pushrod engine obviously, but with variable valve timing set up much like the system in the Dodge Viper. Also direct injection and cylinder deactivation. Nearly the same HP, maybe slight increase, but better MPG.
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From a very reliable source at Chevy, the 5th generation Chevy small block will be 5.5 liter, still single cam pushrod engine obviously, but with variable valve timing set up much like the system in the Dodge Viper. Also direct injection and cylinder deactivation. Nearly the same HP, maybe slight increase, but better MPG.
1970's all over again (I was there). Downsizing to make a small group of evironmentalist wackos happy. I don't spend big bucks for a sports car to get good mileage. If I want good mileage I'll drive my accord. Beginning of the end folks.
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1970's all over again (I was there). Downsizing to make a small group of evironmentalist wackos happy. I don't spend big bucks for a sports car to get good mileage. If I want good mileage I'll drive my accord. Beginning of the end folks.
I was there too. Yet somehow, we can go out today and buy a STOCK small block 430hp Corvette that would kick the livin crap out of any 60's car you can mention while still getting 25 mpg or better when you want it to.
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Just wanted to pass this along, March's Car and Driver magazine, pg.18.

2013 Corvette C7

"The Corvette continues as front-engine, V-8 powered, but GM is reportedly working to reduce mass (or at least hold the line) to maintain C6 performance. Slightly longer than before, the C7 will have styling allegedly inspired by the split-widow '63 Sting Ray. Interior quality, not a Corvette strength, is now a high priority, and GM has set Audi as the benchmark for materials and fits. Three versions will be offered: base, Z06 and ZR1 (base versions may be called Grand Sport).At launch, the V-8 portfolio will mirror today's, ranging from 430 to 638 horsepower. Later, all three engines will undergo displacement reductions to improve fuel economy."



I am wondering if the base version will be dropped and replaced with the G.S.?
Bye bye Base C6. We all thought it might have been the Z06, but with the increase in GS vs Base C6 sales, I'm not surprised at all.
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It'll be 2014 at the earliest before we see the C7 and will be anyone's guess as to the model's they keep/drop.

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The '63 split window was ugly. In '63 why do you think GM stopped making split window Corvettes - no demand!
I gotta check with Racer but I believe there is a CF rule against posting while drunk or on drugs.
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I was there too. Yet somehow, we can go out today and buy a STOCK small block 430hp Corvette that would kick the livin crap out of any 60's car you can mention while still getting 25 mpg or better when you want it to.
... and what more could you ask for??
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In '63 why do you think GM stopped making split window Corvettes - no demand! People didn't want it. Only reason they hold their value now is because they're rare.
You might want to check your facts before posting crap like this. 1963 coupe production was 10,594, more than any other year of C2 production.
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You might want to check your facts before posting crap like this. 1963 coupe production was 10,594, more than any other year of C2 production.
Isn't that about the same as the 2010 production numbers for ALL Corvette's?

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A 2013 Vette means it will have to be released next summer. Personally I don't see that happening. I wouldn't be surprised if they have a 60th anniversery C6 edition. If Chevy goes with the retro look (IE split window) then I'll either keep my C6 or buy the last year model of it.
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I think I'll hold onto my LS3 equipped 08 coupe.

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I think I'll hold on to my LS7, because they sure aren't going to produce a Z06 the first year and certainly not an LS7 based model.

Go Buckeyes!

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