We might see the oft-rumored mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette one year later than expected — General Motor reportedly plans to unveil the new American supercar by 2019.
There have been speculations that the new Corvette might be revealed as a concept sometime in 2016 ahead of a 2018 launch; however, knowledgeable sources that spoke with say it won’t arrive until 2019 at the earliest.
Allegedly codenamed ‘Emperor,’ the C8 Corvette lineup will include a base ZR1-spec trim and an even more beastly model possibly called ‘Zora’, a name that honors late GM engineer and Corvette pioneer Zora Arkus-Duntov.
It is unknown whether GM will continue on with a pushrod V8 or adopt a more advanced performance engine, but whatever the company decides on will undoubtedly deliver a substantial performance improvement over anything offered by the current Corvette. A hybrid all-wheel-drive system and active aerodynamic elements are also rumored to be part of the overall package.
By switching to a mid-engine layout for the Corvette, the American automaker surely hopes to reduce the iconic sports car’s buyer age. After all, young buyers just love the latest technology, right?
The mid-engine Corvette’s platform might also be used for a new high-performance Cadillac halo car.
12 Second-Tier Classic Muscle Cars To Consider For Your Collection, Part 2
These American classics made a name for themselves in a field dominated by Mustangs and Corvettes.
In Part One of our article on second-tier muscle cars, we looked at six of 12 models that are certainly considered genuine muscle cars but failed to make the waves that some of their bigger-engined brothers did. Here are the remaining six lesser known gems of the muscle car era.
1967 Dodge Coronet R/T
The R/T was a special model produced to make a statement. While a more domestic version with a 440 CID engine was available, buyers had the option of a monster.
Yes, according to , the Dodge Coronet could be optioned with the 426-cid Hemi. Drivetrain options were Mopar’s excellent heavy-duty three-speed TorqueFlite automatic or a four-speed manual.
1964 Mercury Marauder
The debuted in the middle of 1963 to take part in the horsepower wars. It was available with the 390, 406, and 427 cubic-inch engines, which could be paired with a 3-speed or 4-speed manual, or a 3-speed automatic.
1968 Chevrolet Biscayne 427
The all-new 1965 Biscayne was available with just one engine, a 250 cu in inline-six. That all changed in 1966 when the in-line six became the entry level engine, replaced by the Big-Block 427 cu in V-8 as the top engine.
The high-powered, high-revving 425 hp V8 version with solid lifters proved to be what the doctor ordered.
1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 Sport Coupe
Introduced in 1964, the Pontiac Catalina was 2+2, a full size coupe based on General Motors’ iconic B-body chassis. It sourced its power from a 421 cu in powertrain with dual exhaust, heavy duty front springs, a 3-speed synchromesh manual transmission (a 4-speed with a Hurst shifter came as an option), and a 3.42:1 performance axle ratio.
1970 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400
Built by Pontiac from 1967 to 2002 — yes, it was around for that long — the Firebird was a very capable machine. Two Ram Air 400 cu in engines were available for the 1970 model year: The first was the L74 Ram Air III model (335 HP) and the second was a 345 hp LS1 Ram Air IV (370 HP) that were carried over from 1969.
The was capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.4 seconds.
1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt
The Fairlane Thunderbolt introduced in 1964 as a limited production, factory experimental model. A total of 100 units were produced — forty-nine featuring a 4-speed and fifty-one making due with an automatic — which was enough to secure Ford the 1964 NHRA Super Stock title.
The Thunderbolt’s combination of Ford’s light weight, intermediate-sized body with a “high rise” 427 cu in V8 powertrain and dual Holley four-barrel carburetors proved to be a force to be reckoned with in NASCAR.
Chevy Corvette Gets Big Price Increase For 2019
The C7 Corvette remains a popular sports car even though sales are declining. If you’re hoping to get one, you better act fast.
Kerbeck Corvette in Atlantic City, has revealed that some versions of the 2019 Corvette are getting a for the 2019 model year. The starting price of the base Corvette Stingray has increased by $405 to $55,900, a small differential that gets much bigger as you move up the Corvette range.
For example, the 2019 Z06 coupe now starts at $80,900, representing a $1,405 price hike, while the range-topping ZR1 shoots up by $2,500 to $125,400. Have a look at the price differential for each model…
Chevy has also raised the price for the 8-speed automatic transmission, which now costs $1,995 compared to $1,725 previously.
It’s not clear why the prices were raised across the board, especially since Corvette sales continue to decline.
GM Kills Chevy Volt, Impala, Cadillac CT6 In North America
The American automaker is cutting back on its sedan lineup with the closure five factories in North America.
General Motors has announced that it will discontinue production of several of cars as it shifts its focus to trucks and crossovers.
The company plans to idle its Oshawa Assembly in Ontario, Canada, Lordstown Plant in Ohio and the Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan by the end of 2019. The slow-selling Chevy Volt, Impala, and Cruze, as well as the Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac CT6 and XTS will all be casualties of the plant closures.
Production of the Chevy Cruze and Volt are expected to cease in by March 2019, while the Impala will live on until the end of 2019. Buick LaCrosse will say adieu in March 2019, followed by the Cadillac CT6 in June 2019 and the Cadillac XTS in Q4 2019.
The decision coincides with an industry-wide preparation for lower sales and continued shift away from sedans as buyers increasingly gravitate towards high-riding models. Earlier in 2018, Ford announced that it would stop making cars except for the Mustang in order to focus exclusively on trucks utility vehicles.
GM intends to prioritize future vehicle investments in next-generation battery-electric architectures and consolidate 75 percent of its global sales volume onto just five vehicle architectures by 2030.