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Saab engineer reveals mid-engine Corvette plans?

by Drew Johnson

An unlikely source has inadvertently spilled the beans on General Motors mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette plans.

Like that stain on your favorite T-shirt, some rumors just never go away. We've been hearing rumors of a mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette for several years now, with, of all sources, a Saab engineering seemingly confirming those earlier reports.

While speaking to a European trade magazine, a Saab engineer let slip that the former General Motors division was charged with developing a dual-clutch transmission for a "mid-engined version of the Corvette." The wet-clutch transmission was being design to handle up to 590 lb-ft of torque.

It's believed that Chevrolet had a fully engineered prototype of a mid-engine Corvette ready to be put on the production path, but the market crash of 2008 and GM's subsequent bankruptcy but the brakes on the entire project.

Given GM's still-rocky financial situation, the Corvette C7 won't make the transition to a mid-engine car - as previously planned -- but a mid-engine setup could still be in the cards for the C8 version of the Vette. If GM does decide to take the Corvette mid-engine, expect a twin-turbocharged V6 to come along with the layout change.


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