For those who are saving their pennies in this horrible economy for the next generation Corvette called the C7 two years, please think again. You may want to skip the Corvette and go directly to such as Porsche.
GM and Cheverolet are looking towards Europe for C7 styling cues. Chief among the new styling cues is a new engine. Something as hunky as a V10 perhaps? Nope. Think a baby V8 of about 3.0L stressed out to maybe 10,000 RPM to make 400HP. The current C6 has a 6.2L V8 that produces gobs of power, think over 600HP and can get 26MPG on the highway.
They are trying to expand their market share with this change of engines. I have no issue with expanding that, but GM risk alienating their current customer base when one of the anonymous insiders from GM tells the press - "target a very different sort of buyer for the next Corvette. Let’s face it, the current customer is getting old.”
Keep talking like that GM and all the current Corvette customers will buy something else like a Ford Shelby Mustang GT 500 Super Snake. If you have no returning loyal customers and the rice racer tweakers/Euro racer fans dont switch to the new C7, the C7 will be a giant fiasco which will generate lots of negative press and thereby adversely impacting GM in general.