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]
im pretty sure what he was saying was
“if the Z06 does not sell well as a supercar performance vehicle then there will be no ZR1″
these people are just trying to make more hype out of something thats not there. i truly hope they make the Supercar ZR1 (if the c7 z06 doesn’t beat zr1 to supercar “territory”)
the line up goes like this
Corvette Base (sports car)
corvette Z51 (sports car)
Z06 (track car)
ZR1 (super car)
if there is no ZR1 i hope they successfully make the Z06 into a proper supercar.
The big mistake was to make the GS model..They need to make a Z06 a street racer.. I much preffer normaly aspirated engines. They last alot longer, and are less expensive to make and maintain
A brand new state of the art assembly plant + car of the year already in some magazines. Come on. No chance this will be the last vette. Wish Tadge wouldn't have gotten interrupted so he could detail what he meant by his statement. They interrupted him to see if the release date for the ZR1 was ok with him. Happy New Year!
With a one year waiting list on the new C7 I'd say the C8 will be reality.
It is unrealistic to think that the Corvettes sales numbers will increase much. The reality is there is far more competition today than back in 1979. I would venture to say that the Chevrolet numbers are not what they were in 1979 either. The bottom line is that General Motors really needs to maintain a flagship performance car and the Corvette is just that.