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Old 02-27-2007, 06:59 PM   #1
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GM's Global Goals

GM's Global Goals: Automaker's international car lines get closer; C7 Corvette to push 700 hp

By Paul Horrell

Jim Queen, GM's VP of global product development, has told Motor Trend more about how GM's international car lines will continue to get closer.

Opel AntaraHe said GM's new Australian RWD platform will be used not just on the Pontiac G8 and Chevy Camaro, but as the basis for the next generation of Cadillacs.

In fact in GM's portfolio, the only large RWD car (not truck) not built on this platform will be the next Corvette and likely the XLR as well.

Queen says the C7 Vette will stick with a naturally aspirated V-8 (at least for the base model) and RWD (not AWD). But power will climb by another significant increment, likely up to around 700 horsepower for the top end model, although Queen would give no specific number. 'We're working hard to get that power onto the pavement,' Queen said, mentioning that weight and weight distribution are the keys.


Opel Astra TwinTopThe twinning of Opel and Saturn continues. The new Korean-built Opel Antara has just gone on sale in Europe, and will become the 2008 Saturn Vue, from the same source, as announced just before the Chicago Show.

Saturn will also get further bodystyles of the Europe-built compact, the Astra. Three-door and five-door hatchbacks were unveiled at the Chicago autoshow, but sedan and a coupe-cabrio called TwinTop will make the transition to Saturns.
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Old 02-27-2007, 09:22 PM   #2
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700 HP... friggin ridiculous.
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:47 PM   #3
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The current Z06 is the greatest production car out there right now and even better than most of the exotics.... Throw an extra 200HP on top of that and HOLY MOSES! What in the world will be capable of beating it??
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Old 02-27-2007, 11:30 PM   #4
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"700HP"??!!

It didn't seem that long ago that 500HP was the benchmark!

I cannot imagine trying to put that much HP to the pavement in a Corvette, or the amount of gas, or the insurance, or......man, am I getting old or what??!!
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Old 02-28-2007, 10:50 AM   #6
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"700HP"??!!

It didn't seem that long ago that 500HP was the benchmark!

I cannot imagine trying to put that much HP to the pavement in a Corvette, or the amount of gas, or the insurance, or......man, am I getting old or what??!!


It will be interesting to see what the price point is on that bad boy. I mean, the 6.2 s/c engine certainly can not be anymore expensive than the current 427 to produce. So realistically they could easily position this new vette at the same price point as a current Z06 plus inflation... That would mean a sticker price of $80-90k on a 700HP super-vette!

Un-freaking-believable!
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Old info said it was going to be a 100K supercar. Which...was a lot less than the majority of all other supercars out there already.
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It will be interesting to see what the price point is on that bad boy. I mean, the 6.2 s/c engine certainly can not be anymore expensive than the current 427 to produce. So realistically they could easily position this new vette at the same price point as a current Z06 plus inflation... That would mean a sticker price of $80-90k on a 700HP super-vette!

Un-freaking-believable!
Dude... "C7 Vette will stick with a naturally aspirated V-8"

They aren't going to supercharge it according to this quote... A N/A engine would be cheaper anyway. Less moving parts, less extra stuff. My guess is that they may bump the displacement again and start using more C6R hardware to get this kind of power... If you can spin the engine a bit faster you can make power. If they do it though it will be the most powerful NA engine currently available in a production car!

700hp? You can't launch the CURRENT Z06 with 500hp! 700hp is going to make those tires melt into goooo!

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Dude... "C7 Vette will stick with a naturally aspirated V-8"

They aren't going to supercharge it according to this quote... A N/A engine would be cheaper anyway. Less moving parts, less extra stuff. My guess is that they may bump the displacement again and start using more C6R hardware to get this kind of power... If you can spin the engine a bit faster you can make power. If they do it though it will be the most powerful NA engine currently available in a production car!

700hp? You can't launch the CURRENT Z06 with 500hp! 700hp is going to make those tires melt into goooo!

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After that quote is says for the base model... there will be a blown version.

And the cost difference would all depend on the internals used... if they stick with a basic design using fairly common materials, then yes it would be cheaper, but when you start getting into the exotic materials used in the LS7, then the supercharger becomes the cheaper option.
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That link was for the Mustang w/ the tank engine. That's funny!
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Well is that's true than it's good news for the Camaro.
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