Friday, March 1, 2013

Twin-Turbo V6 Corvette SL: Shorter & Lighter

I would not be surprised to see the Corvette spun off to become its own make one of these days. Then I think the Corvette brand will expand and diversify. This chop renders the smallest, lightest, 'Vette, with a twin-turbo V6. Compared with the new Stingray, I've shortened the wheelbase both in front of the passenger compartment and behind it. The resulting shorter hood reflects the V6-only drivetrain; the weight loss could be as much as 300-350 lbs compared with the V8 Stingray. Lighter weight and a completely balanced platform means massive handling capabilities. Optional carbon fiber body pieces are aimed at cutting weight even further for competitions. At the top of the Corvette lineup could be a mid-engined supercar and even a Panamera competitor. Yes, perhaps a 4 door Corvette...

Stay tuned!

11 comments:

  1. I love the idea of a Corvette Division. Please,please do NOT go the Porsche route and try to make your sedan look like a longer, fatter version of a coupe. Ugh! The Panamera just doesn't cut it. Looking forward to the future versions. I can't wait.

    BobF

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    1. it's almost impossible to make a sedan-from-a-sportscar look decent! I might go straight for the Vette Minivan! : )

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  2. I seem to recall many years ago that one of the car mags, either R&T or CD, featured a four-door Corvette -- it was the post Stingray version of the Corvette (C3?). It really was just a longer version of the Corvette and didn't look too bad. And MANY years ago, R&T featured a four-door 911. One could probably Google that and find it. It looked pretty nice.

    Paul, NYC

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    1. I remember that 4 door 911 that R&T built, I think it was Troutman and Barnes or something, in dark green. I loved it! And I have to admit, and build suspense, lol, that I've done two 4 door 'Vettes so far and I think they both work really well! : )

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  3. A 4-door Corvette could be a perfect high-end Buick or Cadillac model just like the 1991 Chrysler 300 concept-car who was built on the Viper chassis and using the V10 Viper engine. :-)

    If that 4-door Vette "Buickized" or "Cadillacized" could be a Wildcat or Electra as a Buick or a Sixteen as a Cadillac.

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    1. Check out the Autoextremist.com this week, St├ęphane for my 4-door Corvette, On The Table section. I'll post it here next week. I was surprised how decent it looks. I even prefer it to the Stingray! Thanks as always for coming over here and checking it out. -casey

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  4. I was totally wondering what GM would do with the standard 'Vette when they announced the new model would be officially called Corvette Stingray.. and although they have just stated that the 2015 Corvette will return as a smaller-engined version of the Stingray, I think they should follow your lead and create a smaller, lighter separate model that is more than just a fascia change to do battle with the Z and Cayman!

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  5. I saw your Corvette "range" on AutoExtremist and loved it. Now that I've looked up your blog, I realize I've seen your work before. It is always great and thought provoking. Why don't they do these cars? Thanks for spending more time than you should in Photoshop...

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    1. thanks, Cliff! I didn't realize they were running at the Autoextremist this week, I thought maybe next week. Hope you continue to check out my site from time to time. -casey

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  6. I bet Cadillac can benefit off a shorter wheel base Vett oh, I forgot about the ELR :(

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