What if the mid-engine Corvette is really a Cadillac?

What if the mid-engine Corvette is really a Cadillac?

0 comments 📅04 November 2016, 21:12

Name me crazy, but I’m not convinced the mid-engine Corvette is the next Corvette. The rumor is stout, yes. And, contrary to some of the comments on our site, Car and Driver – big cheese of the mid-engine Corvette speculation brigade – has a appealing good record predicting future models. But it’s another commentary that got me thinking: or maybe it’s a Cadillac.

There is distinctly something mid-engine going on at GM, and I think it makes faculty for the car to be a Cadillac. First off, check out how sweet the 2002 Cadillac Cien concept car soundless looks in the photo above. Second, there are too numerous holes in the mid-engine Corvette theory.

There are too multitudinous holes in the mid-engine Corvette theory.

The C7 is more young in Corvette years, starting end result almost three years ago as a 2014 copy. Showing a 2019 model at the 2018 North American Intercontinental Auto Show would kill sales of a hot-selling car before its time. Not to mention it would exclusively mean a short run for the Grand Sport, which was the most desirable-selling version of the previous generation.

More trappings doesn’t add up. Mid-engine cars are, in general, more extravagant. Moving the Vette upmarket leaves a void that the Camaro does not fill. There’s not much correspond between Camaro and Corvette customers. Corvette owners are older and get high on features like a big trunk that holds golf clubs. Mid-machine means less trunk space and alienating a exhilarated, loyal buyer. Also, more than 60 years of description. The Corvette is an icon along the likes of the Porsche 911 and Ford Mustang. I’m not secure the car-buying public wants a Corvette that abandons all erstwhile conventions. And big changes bring uncertainty – I don’t over GM would make such a risky bet.

Chevrolet could physique a mid-engine ZR1, you might say, and keep the other Corvettes fa-engine. Yes they could, and it would expense a ton of money. And they still need to finance development of that front-engine car. I strongly doubt the corporate accountants would go for that.

But a Cadillac? Fully. Cadillac is in the middle of a brand repositioning. GM is throwing shekels at this effort. A mid-engine halo car is the equitable the splash the brand needs to shake off the ghosts of Fleetwoods previous. And it’s already in Cadillac President Johan De Nysschen’s playbook. He was in price of Audi’s North America arm when the R8 came out. A Caddy sports car priced not susceptible $100,000 isn’t that unreasonable when you can already value a CTS-V in that range.

A mid-engine halo car is the fair-minded the splash Cadillac needs to shake off the ghosts of Fleetwoods ago.

Switch the NAIAS debut rumor to Cadillac, maybe rhythmical make it for 2017. Remove the conflict of abandoning Corvette story or running two costly model developments for one car. Heck, a mid-machine Cadillac could even act as a Trojan horse if the rumored demise of the accepted small-block engine is true. Set a high-powered overhead-cam V8 in the Caddy and after a few years Corvette fans drive be begging for an engine swap instead of grabbing their pitchforks and difficult more pushrods.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Corvette engineers, or prior Corvette engineers, are working on a mid-engine car. There’s a lot of capacity working on GM’s performance vehicles, and people go between teams on a regular basis. And the Corvette’s Bowling Rural, Kentucky plant is a great place to urge a low-volume sports car with advanced materials. But it’s not lustrous that GM plus mid-engine equals Corvette. While we’re undisturbed making random guesses, my money is on Cadillac.

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