Bob Lutz is back again, and this time, he has taken the time to answer a few Road & Track readers’ questions. The highlight of them all? Whether or not Chevrolet truly needs a mid-engine Corvette.
The question comes in the context of Chevrolet one-upping long-time rival Ford and the GT. To answer Lutz stated the following:
Well, neither Chevrolet nor Cadillac “needs” a mid-engine car. A mid-engine Corvette would likely coexist with the regular model but be priced at least $30,000 to $40,000 higher, my guess, about $130,000 to $150,000. A logical assumption would be 700 to 750 hp, massive torque, and decent fuel economy. GM won’t do it unless it’s a world-beater, so we should expect it to suck the doors off all the Europeans (Veyron excluded) and the Ford GT, which, while a nice car, would soon seem poor value. A possible Cadillac execution would have to exceed the Corvette and would be priced higher. I’m all for it, and I definitely “need” at least the Corvette.
Lutz has already commented on a previous mid-engine Corvette program while he was employed by General Motors. The project was shelved at the height of the Great Recession and GM’s restructuring.
And as for Buick, Maximum Bob tackles the state of itself, too. The question references whether or not a high-horsepower, rear-wheel drive car will show up from the brand anytime soon, to which, he responds:
The Buick brand is in the best shape it’s seen for decades. Design and product excellence, especially refinement and silence, have moved the perception of Buick into genuine luxury territory. I believe a top-of-the-line rear-drive car is possible, using the Cadillac CT6 architecture. China would love that car, but it may be a low priority in the product portfolio, since everything has to be crossovers these days.
If you’d like Lutz to have a look at your questions, be sure to head to R&T link here to submit them.