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Old 02-25-2013, 09:26 PM   #1
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Stingray v. "Corvette Coupe"?

Had anyone read the recent "MT Confidential" column in the latest Motor Trend (April 2013) where a lower-cost Corvette with a 5.3L V8 was supposedly in the works for model year 2015?

Is the latest attempt at the "Billy Bob" Corvette that has long been promised since 1997?

Actually, I'd be very curious to see how a less than 400hp 5.3L-engined Vette would be positioned from a performance standpoint, especially compared to the current "base" model.

Motor Trend writers might be out of their minds though!
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:15 PM   #2
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Take everything MotorTrend says with a grain of salt.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:21 PM   #3
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Take everything MotorTrend says with a grain of salt.
This item in particular I am taking with a BIG grain of salt That said, I wonder how something like this car would do in the market. Would it expand the customer pool? Is this something to facilitate sales in other markets?

I am curious.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:09 AM   #4
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It would be interesting. GM has had a history of sharing truck engines with cars, although that's long in the past.

The 5.3L would be very easy to modify, and current 5.3L engines are cheap to replace.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:24 PM   #5
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Talking A sign of the times vette

With $4 gas it's about time. I want one if they don't mess it up.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:32 PM   #6
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They have a scoop on a budget Corvette and at the same time release an article about a 600 HP Z06 and a 700 HP ZR1. Seem like a lot of projects for GM/Chevrolet to be trying to tackle when they don't even have the C7 in production yet.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:35 PM   #7
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Did not read the article but fully expect something like that for the 2016 model year. I can easily see a 15% improvement in fuel economy at a time when it will be most needed. The reduction in CID and HP would mean not needing brakes, wheels and tires capable of sustaining 200 mile per hour speeds. If a fixed roof is part of the package, that too would be a cost savings. So I can see the reasoning behind such a story but suspect it is based more on the reasoning of why it could be done than on any actual info that it will be done.

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