General Motors has denied plans it is considering a mid-engined layout for the next-generation Corvette.
Karl-Friedrich Stracke, GM’s VP of global vehicle engineering, also denied it was testing a V6 engine for Corvette, but said hybrid power “was an interesting idea”.
Last week, a senior Saab engineer revealed the firm had developed a dual-clutch transmission for a mid-engined Corvette and only the credit crunch prevented a mid-engined layout being used in the current car, which was launched in 2008.
The revelation increased speculation of a mid-engined layout being used for the next Corvette in 2014. Stracke denied this and said, “I don’t know who made this public. I think it is wrong.”
A GM spokesman backed up Stracke’s comments, which were made to reporters in the US. “The rumours and speculation about the Corvette are just that. There is no mid-engine in the plans,” they said. The dual-clutch transmission was also ruled out for use in a Corvette.