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Old 11-12-2015, 10:24 PM
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Not sure this belongs in the C7 section, but don't really see where else it should go, either.

http://gmauthority.com/blog/2015/11/...ined-corvette/

has Cadillac President, Johan de Nysschen, just confirmed the reality of such a vehicle? You tell us, because it certainly seems he has.
In a new interview with Motor Trend, the question is asked bluntly: Is a halo car based on the forthcoming mid-engine Corvette in the cards for Cadillac? The answer?
“It has to be one of the options.” Not it might, or it may be, it has to be.
He elaborates on the question saying the following:
In the future there are going to be some architectures inside the corporation that will remain purely Cadillac, but then there are others where it just isn’t economically feasible to enter segments by trying to do a unique Cadillac. Then you look at what’s available in terms of corporate assets. And I’m sure you’d agree that a new, very advanced Corvette platform wouldn’t be a bad place to start.
If a mid-engined Corvette test mule kicked the rumormill into high gear, de Nysschen’s latest comments just injected such a vehicle with life.
Personally, I think the wording if vague enough to not prove anything, but who knows?

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Old 11-12-2015, 10:32 PM
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A Cadillac C8 mid-engine Zora thread? That's a new one.

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Other than the obligatory slam, which will increase interest and provide some comic relief, I am sure that this could be of interest to All Corvette owners, not just the C7 guys.
If Cadillac is planning a car to follow Corvettes proposed lead into mid engine sports cars, as is implied by the article, then would it not make sense to have it be a mid engine Cadillac and not a Corvette and let the Chevy model draw from the Caddy.
Certainly Caddy might be able to draw a more affluent crowd to the showroom to buy what would be a $150,000+ car.
If Ford can build a mid engine car and have success with it as they did in the past why wouldn't GM bring about such an animal to stable. As CAFE regulations become more and more strict, smaller engines with turbo chargers are the easiest way to get hp and gas mileage. And maybe more reliability than the existing platforms that are experiencing a bunch of problems.
I am not going to be able to afford a mid engine Corvette but I do believe that the future of the car needs this to be its evolution for continued existence. There is a market for a mid engine car, as Ford has proven, from the United States. I believe that there is room for 2 of them.
As the article from GM Authority hints about. I am all for it. This is something of a dead horse being brought to life, and in the wrong forum, but heck if posted in the Other Cars forum most of us would miss it, as it is most likely not visited as much.
Plus, I want to read the ideas that others post along with the normal, Never gonna happen, Beat a dead horse and what ever other comments it will bring up.
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Originally Posted by Steve_R View Post
A Cadillac C8 mid-engine Zora thread? That's a new one.
I'm as skeptical as anyone, but this statement by de Nysschen seems to give it a little more credence than a story in C&D which gets repeated over and over. It's the comment from a GM exec that makes it more interesting than all the other posts.

But maybe that's too complicated for you to grasp?
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Originally Posted by Steve_R View Post
Edit: There is an Other Cars forum here.
Oh, and the description of the Other Cars says "non-Corvette content." I'm pretty sure this is about a [potential] Corvette. Not an Impala, Ford or Honda.
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Old 11-13-2015, 01:40 PM
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If McLaren and Acura can bring sub $200K mid engine sports cars to the market (see this weeks Autoweek) I'm pretty certain that GM can do it too. Sharing the platform with Cadillac just makes economic sense. The question from my perspective is not 'if' it's just when, and which brand gets it in their showroom first.
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Here's the Audi R8 with a price tag of $115,900:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/audi/r8/sd-AAbLNVb

Oops, excuse me, but the 2017 R8 no longer offers the V8 engine or the manual transmission. In other words, the car is going to be a lot more expensive.


The Lotus Evora is probably smaller than what a Corvette buyer wants but it does have a 101.4" wheelbase:

http://www.lotuscars.com/lotus-evora-400


Here's a rear-mid-engine-V8 kit car:

http://www.factoryfive.com/kits/gtm-supercar/


Used Ferrari 360's are affordable:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrari_360
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Very interesting. Thought the front page audience would think so too...
https://www.corvetteforum.com/articl...gine-corvette/
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If they cant figure out how to keep the Z06 running cool how would they fare with a mid-engine car ????????????/
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It would be something if they did build it!!!!
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I think it's very likely that Cadillac may indeed be the "make" name on GM's new mid-engine supercar. And I also think it will be built in the Bowling Green Assembly Plant's expanded facility. The Zora may not be a Chevrolet if GM decides it needs to be exclusive to Cadillac. I think the cat in the bag definitely exposed a part of itself.

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