Smaller, lighter 'Vette planned
13 August 2009

General Motors has confirmed that production of the next-generation Corvette C7 will start in 2012.

The announcement was made as part of GM’s two-year product plan for its four core brands – Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and GMC.

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Production of the Chevrolet Corvette C7 will begin in April 2012 for the 2013 model year.

GM confirmed the C7 would retain the Corvette’s front-engine, rear-drive layout. The C7 is expected to have a smaller and lighter body, which makes use of carbonfibre and aluminium in order to keep its weight down.

A smaller engine could also feature, but a lighter weight would increase the car’s power-to-weight ratio. It has also been rumoured that a supercharger could be fitted to the engine.

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