2012 Chevrolet Corvette

The current Chevrolet Corvette is probably the best Corvette to date. The 197 mph Z06 is also probably the best-valued supercar in the world. So, how on earth does GM surpass this with the 2012 C7 model which is planned to be released in 2011 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet?

That is a good question, and GM executives are planning the replacement right now and asking themselves the exact same thing. GM may be suffering at the moment in the current economic conditions. However, they will not and are not going to let one of America’s longest lasting nameplates to linger too long without a replacement.

At least that is the current plan. Some sources believe that it will be impossible for GM to bring out the new Corvette in 2012. Some are predicting delays until 2013. Others are predicting the earliest that we will see the C7 is 2015, if we see a new model at all. If the new model is delayed until the 2013 model year the current C6 Corvette will be the second longest running model in Corvette history.

The current economic situation is not the only problem GM has as far as the new 2012 Corvette is concerned. The 2007 federal fuel economy standards law dictates that the corporate average fuel economy must be 35 mpg by 2020. This mandate will affect the options GM has with the layout and hardware choices for the new C7.

GM is said to be considering three different propels for the new 2012 Corvette. Whichever design is chosen, the new vehicle will have to have better fuel economy and will have a higher performance than the outgoing model. GM is rumored to be considering a twin-turbocharged V6 direct-injection or a smaller V8 for the new model. Some even think that a mid-engine Corvette is being considered by engineers at GM. However, this option is likely to be too expensive and offers very little weight savings anyway.

Hopefully, GM will survive in one form or another after this current economic crisis is over. The Corvette has too much history to let it just expire as a model. Even if the new C7 is delayed from 2011 to 2015 and is not brought out in time for Chevrolet’s 100th anniversary, let us hope that GM continues to work on the icon that has excited us so much over the years.

4 Comments

  1. This car rides a fine line between the price and demand. It’s price is so expensive that you would be thinking twice if it is worth buying for. But with regards to its performance you can be assured that it has a great turbo attributes and powertrain line ups.

  2. Rjohnson says:

    The corvette has outgrown the sports car catergory in my opignion. its more of a super car now, it runs up there with lamborghini gallardo f430 and R8, i beleive if your going after supercar performance in a reasonably priced package the ZR1 is the way to go.

  3. robert thomas says:

    it is most important that the washington bureaucrates stay away from from this american icon.they could not give a hoot about tradition.corvette has always been on the cutting edge since it’s inception and should not ever be a sacifice for the pollitically correct bunch.these people worry me. the design committee should be as it has been, the motor heads that worked on the fabulous c5′s and c6′s.lighter is better and faster is better yet.!immunity is necessary for this car to remain in the vanguard.perhaps the more time passes before the c7 becomes a reality the better chanch it has of remaining a design of the free spirit and not under govt. dictates.times change ,people change,govt’s change.corvette has and hopefully always will be the constant that stays above it all.

  4. Looking to buy a 2011 Z06. Concerned about 2012 design change. What to do?

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