The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z06 is set to be one of, if not the most exciting reveal next year. Pinned to produce around 600 hp and powered by an all-new supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, the latest Corvette Z06 could serve as a real replacement to the C6 ZR1.
However, in an interesting interview with Tadge Juechter, the Chief Engineer of the Corvette, Digital Trends discovered that next year’s Corvette Z06 could be the very last. Why? Well, despite the fact that the C6 Corvette outsold the Porsche 911 in America this year, its 2012 sales figure of 13,000 sales is still well below the car’s previous high in 1979. That year an incredible 53,000 Corvettes were produced.
However, Juechter calmly said over dinner, “If we don’t get sales back up, there won’t be a next one.” That means that if the C7 Corvette doesn’t improve on the relative success of the C6 and increase its sales, we could never see an eighth generation Corvette come to fruition.
As a result, when production of the new C7 Corvette ends in around 2020, it could be no more.
While this is sad, it isn’t overly surprising. In seven years’ time, the number of sports cars, muscle cars and supercars could be few and far between depending on how technologies in these cars develops in the coming years. Additionally, if governments clamp down too heavily on emissions, then the cars which fuel our blood and passion could be no more.
[Via Digital Trends]