GM denies mid-engined Corvette
Vehicle has denied plans it’s thinking about a mid-engined layout for the following-generation Corvette.
Karl-Friedrich Stracke, GM’s VP of worldwide vehicle engineering, also denied it had been testing a V6 engine for Corvette, but stated hybrid power “was a fascinating idea”.
A week ago, a senior Saab engineer revealed the firm acquired a dual-clutch transmission for any mid-engined Corvette and just the loan crunch avoided a mid-engined layout getting used in the present vehicle, that was launched in 2008.
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The thought elevated speculation of the mid-engined layout getting used for the following Corvette in 2014. Stracke denied this and stated, “I have no idea who chose to make this public. It is wrong.”
A GM spokesman supported Stracke’s comments, that have been designed to reporters in america. “The rumours and speculation concerning the Corvette are simply that. There’s no mid-engine within the plans,” they stated. The twin-clutch transmission seemed to be eliminated to be used inside a Corvette.
Stracke states hybrid sports cars won’t ever fully replace models with conventional powertrains, but believes hybrid power can improve both performance and economy.
“The customer always wants power,” he stated. “That won’t disappear. You can have a normal powertain configuration for a tiny bit of very excited vehicle enthusiasts and switch 80 to 90 percent of the sports vehicle portfolio to hybridisation.”
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