By Chad Waite | August 12, 2010
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The other day we reported on speculation that the upcoming Corvette C7 would be a turbo’d six-cylinder American with an engine in the middle. Over-zealous, perhaps? We admit the thought was enticing but we weren’t the only ones intrigued by this news. When this rumor surfaced from AutoCar, the entire world of automotive journalism went haywire.
Now Chevy has decided to kill the buzz by not only saying that the engine in the next-gen C7 ‘Vette will remain in the same place but revealing that the engine will be a turbo-less small block V8 (not a bad thing though).
Then Chevy decided to put out all hopeful speculative fires by hinting towards a hybrid version of the most iconic American sports car ever. That’s right- a hybrid drivetrain in a big, mean, petrol drinking Corvette. Chevy’s justification? “Because the market is moving that way.”
Ok, ok- we don’t blame them for wanting to stick with an old recipe for their outstanding sports car (hybrid crap aside). But if so many people were excited over a mid-engine sports car with a turbo V6, don’t you think Chevy would be smart enough to listen? Or how about any other manufacturer? An all-American package set up like a performing European would surely gather more than just attention. It’d likely gather sales.
[Chad Waite, AutoBlog]