Report: Cheaper Version Of Chevrolet Corvette Due For 2015

Want a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray but wary of breaking the bank? Fear not: our colleagues at Motor Trend report that a cheaper model, possibly called the Corvette Coupe, will arrive for 2015.

Launching a slightly more affordable Chevrolet Corvette would help broaden the sports car's appeal. It would drop the Stingray badges and names of the "real" Corvette (pictured) that bowed in Detroit, and it would use a less powerful engine. MT says to expect an aluminum, direct-injection 5.3-liter V-8 based on an engine from General Motors' pickup trucks. It would produce significantly less than the 450 hp on tap in the regular Corvette's 6.2-liter V-8.

The Chevrolet Coupe would also have unique front and rear fascias and aerodynamic parts to help distinguish it from its more expensive sibling. Expect a base price below $50,000.

MT says the Chevrolet Corvette Coupe could debut by 2015. First, we can expect to see the Corvette Stingray convertible next week at the Geneva Motor Show. MT also says we can expect both Z06 and ZR1 performance variants of the Corvette Stingray, potentially with 600 and 700 hp respectively.

Source: Motor Trend

What I fear this really means is that the price of the Stingray will get jacked up next year to increase the "savings" from the cheaper Corvette.
interesting.  When GM introduced the Pontiac G8GT, it purposely kept the hp low at 361 hp so that it could sell the 420 hp G8GXP for $10K more.  Of course this was done by tuning the G8GT for regular gas and putting a double slush cone in the transmission shifting.  This was easily remedied by ordering a Superchips program from Amazon for $300 and a K&N air filter.  With this combo, the slush is removed from the shift pattern, and hp is upped to nearly 400hp, essentially erasing the difference between the cars.  Moreover with premium tune, MPG rises 2-3 mpg, erasing the additional cost of premium gas.  I would expect the same would happen with the bargain, econo Corvette.
this thing should still give a 0-60 in 4.2-4.3 with all the style of the new ride and for a good price, if only it came out this year
I'll bet it handles better with the lighter engine. An then, to make up the horsepower difference, there's always the aftermarket. The Corvette Coupe might be a sleeper, a la Boxster/Cayman vs. 911.
Ok I like the idea Chevy needs to attract younger buyers to the Corvette, this along with some good marketing just may fill the bill.As for me the usual doughty 50 something Corvette buyer it has some appeal as well. After raising kids getting them through college, or whatever (unanticipated emergencies) and having paid off half the mortgage you have become gun-shy about spending money. As long as I get the same transmission options and they don’t fool around with the suspension I might consider it too!

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