The Chevy Corvette is one of the most distinctive cars in American history, or, should we say, several of the most distinctive cars in American history. Since 1953, the Corvette has gone through many permutations and redesigns: from sturdy 1950s roadster, to trendy 60s sports car, to sleek 90s speed machine, and everything in between.
With the newly announced 2017 Corvette, however, this classic may be undergoing its biggest change ever, and that’s saying something. Since we like to keep our customers up to date on the latest cars arriving at our Spencer Chevrolet dealership, here’s our take on the big change coming to the Corvette in 2017 and what it means.
What’s the Big Change?
There are several big changes to the 2017 Corvette C7 Stingray, compared to its predecessors, but one, in particular, is drawing lots of attention. Unlike all previous models of the Corvette, the 2017 version will reportedly have its engine placed mid-vehicle, rather than in the front.
If this doesn’t sound like a big change to you, let’s discuss the implications. Since 1953, the Corvette has always had its engine up front and its drive wheels in the back. It’s one of the most notable features that is associated with the model. Starting in 2017, though, this could all change, with one of the few consistent design elements among all models of Corvette finally discarded.
Why the Big Change?
In short, the switch to a mid-engine design puts the 2017 Corvette C7 Stingray in the “true sports car” category. The Corvette’s front-engine design was something that always set it apart from other sports.
The difference between the Corvette and its competitors was starting to show, especially on the racetrack. Though Corvette Racing has racked up more than 100 wins, it was struggling in the 21st century on tracks like the Daytona International Speedway and 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it was facing off against supercars like the Ferrari 488 GTB and the Ford GT. Whereas its competitors were often reaching engine outputs of more than 600 horsepower, the Corvette was often struggling to top 500.
How Certain Is the Change?
The change to mid-engine design hasn’t been confirmed yet but the reports are pretty credible. Rumors had been circulating for a while, causing insiders and enthusiasts to debate the veracity of the claims. However, a recent report in the Detroit News claimed that the paper had confirmed the mid-engine redesign, giving a big boost in credibility to those earlier rumors saying the Corvette was undergoing a major design overhaul for 2017.
Any Other Changes?
Engine placement isn’t the only notable difference to the 2017 Stingray. Some others include:
- New 19” front wheels and 20” rear wheels
- Updated infotainment system
- Updated color choices, including Watkins Glen Gray Metallic, Black Rose Metallic, Sterling Blue Metallic, and Admiral Blue
- Suede interior now includes a suede-covered steering wheel
Want to find out more about the 2017 Corvette Stingray or any other new or used Chevrolet vehicle? Give Valley Chevy a call today at 812-829-4843.