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Old 03-15-2017, 08:47 AM   #81
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I talked to a BIG Chevrolet exec at Bloomington Gold last year and asked him about the mid engined Corvette this was his response. Right now we are selling the C7 I sure hope everyone stays interested in what we are selling now and don't get distracted by our future product. So what does that say?
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:20 PM   #82
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I talked to a BIG Chevrolet exec at Bloomington Gold last year and asked him about the mid engined Corvette this was his response. Right now we are selling the C7 I sure hope everyone stays interested in what we are selling now and don't get distracted by our future product. So what does that say?
That's if C7 sales slow the midengine project (whatever it is) has a good chance of getting publicly cancelled, to protect things making money now.
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Old 03-19-2017, 11:35 PM   #83
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That's VERY unlikely (cancelling the mid engine car), no matter what happens with C7 sales. GM has plowed over $800 million into Bowling Green in the last 2 years, to not use all that additional space would be crazy. A GM exec saying we need to sell "current" product is basically the only thing he CAN say. The C7 has already been a rousing success, with the buzz/unveiling/intro of the ZR1/whatever they call it months away, the line is clearly very viable.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:36 PM   #84
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I talked to a BIG Chevrolet exec at Bloomington Gold last year and asked him about the mid engined Corvette this was his response. Right now we are selling the C7 I sure hope everyone stays interested in what we are selling now and don't get distracted by our future product. So what does that say?

It says that if he hyped a future car, why wouldn't people wait for the C8, rather than buy C7s?
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:31 PM   #85
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It says that if he hyped a future car, why wouldn't people wait for the C8, rather than buy C7s?
Exactly. In business school this is called The Osborne Effect. Osborne was a company that made some of the earliest portable PCs and it was quite successful. Then the CEO talked up how great the Osborne 2 was going to be. Customers instantly stopped buying the Osborne 1 and because he had talked about it too early, the sales slowdown killed the company.
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:37 PM   #86
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Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter flat-out denied reports of an upcoming mid-engine Corvette during a recent interview on Autoline After Hours.



Read the rest on the Corvette Forum homepage. >>
It was seemingly less than a month ago that we had that GM C7 and C8 mid pics leaked, fact!(Schizoselling 2018's101!)

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Old 05-18-2017, 10:41 AM   #87
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^^^^^

No, he didn't.
Next time, try some FACTS instead of just reading what someone says on the internet and parroting it.

Here's your answer (on this very forum). Took me ONE minute to find it:

https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...er-thread.html

It's the 3rd down, titled "C6 Z06 question for Tadge"
the kool-aid tastes great, doesn't it?
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Old 05-22-2017, 01:00 PM   #88
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I bet Cadillac gets the mid engine first and its built in the vette plant alongside the
progression of the C7 to the C8. Look at who is winning at Daytona and Sebring,
GM is pumping a ton of dough into the Cadillac division, a halo sports car for
Cadillac would really get them incredible PR and prestige. And then in a few years if the mid engine goes over then transition it into a Corvette but if the mid engine thing flops then all it is is a deleted model in Caddys lineup and not the loss of Chevy's halo car.
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Old 05-22-2017, 01:29 PM   #89
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That's not happening. The mid engined mule definitely is based on the Corvette body panels. You can clearly see the body panel overlays from the A pillar on. And GM has already trademarked the Zora name. It will be a Corvette first than possibly a tamed GT version for Cadillac if at all.

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Old 05-23-2017, 07:43 PM   #90
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The mid-engine Corvette has been the automotive version of Bigfoot/Nessie for 5 decades now. To squander the marketing potential of this event by giving Cadillac the ME car first would go down in history as one of the worst F Ups of all time. Cadillac needs to figure out how to MARKET it's existing lineup....they surely don't have time to enter the fray against Ferrari/Lamborghini/McLaren/etc...
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Old 05-23-2017, 08:20 PM   #91
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Cadillac would make total sense and a mule is just that a mule...
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Is going to be hard for Tadge and his crew to admit that the upcoming Ford GT is going to be America's best so i am pretty sure they will like to make a Mid engine Vette to compete against it and against the Ferraris 488 of the world.
Actually, the first YouTube reviews of the new Ford GT are not all that great. It was designed primarily as a race car and then adapted for road car use. As a result it is loud, cramped and has an underwhelming interior. The engine sounds like a V-6...that's not a complement.

It handles and rides very well and has a truly innovative suspension design, but drivers claim that it is too sharp in chassis response to feel comfortable in for long drives - it is not a cross-country vehicle. It has next to no storage space.

It also does not hold up well in comparisons with the Ferrari 488, which costs about half as much, is much more comfortable and has a much better interior....in fact the C7 Corvette has a better interior.

They will sell all they can make, but I doubt you'll see many on the road. Most of them will be used as expensive garage sculptures.
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Old 05-26-2017, 01:12 PM   #93
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Been a rumor and rumor only since 1960's. Never expected it now to be real either. When you have a C7 with perfect 50-50 weight distribution, not much to be gained by going rear engine.
Fine for the street. Need something closer to 40/60 for the track.
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"The engine sounds like a V-6" No **** really?
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"The engine sounds like a V-6" No **** really?
My John Deere twin-cylinder lawn tractor sounds like it has bigger cajones than any V-6 I have ever heard. The only 6-cylinder engines that sound like something that should be in a race car are in-line, (think Jaguar Type D or Aston-Martin DB-1).

That is what I meant. I know that some of my insights are hard to comprehend, but if you read enough of my posts, you may get the hang of it eventually.
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Been a rumor and rumor only since 1960's. Never expected it now to be real either. When you have a C7 with perfect 50-50 weight distribution, not much to be gained by going rear engine.

thats right im agree

thats right...

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