I've read that the new fuel economy mandates for 2016(ish) will require companies to average around 35 MPG for their entire car line, which will of course mean that the C7 Vettes will have to be even more fuel efficient than they are now. I know there have been tremendous advances in fuel economy over the past decade, but how far can you really go before you have to start stripping away horsepower?
I mean I know you can add better tires, modify the frame, the weight, etc, etc... but like I said, in an economy that is starting to frown upon horsepower in favor of MPG, I can't help but wonder if the HP/torque-hungry Corvettes that we've come to know and love will be dead within the coming generation... Or am I just being paranoid?
I've seen conversations about this before. I think that as long as Chevy continues their trend of making their non-sports-car vehicles more fuel-efficient, as they have been, then it will give them more than enough breathing room for the C7 Vettes to work with in regards to these supposed future MPG mandates. I agree that having a watered-down, fuel-efficient Corvette would somewhat sour its legacy (anyone hear the rumors of a C7 V6 Vette? No thanks...), but I don't see that happening.
Advances in MPG are coming from more than just non-engine areas... there are plenty of new ideas and designs out there for engines that will supposedly keep the HP without consuming the gas. I remember a time when I didn't think I'd ever see a 300+ HP V6 engine... but here it is.
So in short, I don't believe MPG will spoil the C7's specs, simply because I have to believe that the tens of millions of dollars of R&D within the Corvette brand will pay off.
I agree that having a watered-down, fuel-efficient Corvette would somewhat sour its legacy (anyone hear the rumors of a C7 V6 Vette? No thanks...), but I don't see that happening.
what??? No way. i've always thought that even having a V6 Camaro or Firebird was a bad idea. I don't care if that V6 is pushing 400 horsepower. Can you imagine, you just spent all this money on this incredibly nice, brand new corvette, and someone walks up to you and asks "Hey, is that a V8 or a V6?"... that's just not what the Corvette legacy is all about. NO V6, PLEASE!!