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GM's Mid-Engined Corvette Plans Confirmed by Saab Engineer
It appears as though rumors that the Corvette will go mid-engined may in fact be true. In a recent interview with a trade magazine one of Saab's top engineers broke the news, revealing that his team had developed a dual-clutch transmission for a "mid-engined version of the Corvette."
There's no word on how many gears the dual-clutch system has, but the engineer in question did comment that it was designed to hold up to 590 ft-lbs of torque – which may suggest a possible turbocharged or supercharged engine.
Rumors that Chevy would move the Corvette to more a mid-engine setup have been around for decades, but have heated up recently as it seems GM wants to take the car up-market to compete with European rivals. It is believed a mid-engine model was on the drawing board for the next C7 generation but was scrapped due to GM's recent financial woes. More recently we're heard reports that the C7 will instead by a stop-gap model with a short production schedule as GM prepares for a revolutionary C8 model.
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