April 29, 2012 at 8:35 am #38271
The Corvette directly competes with the Nissan GTR and much of the Porsche lineup. Both of it’s competitors offer All Wheel Drive, which allows the car to start much quicker out of the gate than the Corvette, despite the Corvette’s advantage in power. Now there may be issues with tradition, cost, weight, etc., which is why I propose it be an option. Should the next generation Corvette fully keep it’s RWD tradition, or should it get with the present and experiment with AWD?
April 29, 2012 at 9:23 am #39753
AWD for the win! At least as an option.
Besides the obvious advantages seen at launch, AWD will also add a tremendous advantage in the corners. The C6 has a tough time not sliding out at out-of-the-corner acceleration… whereas the GT-R or something like an R8 doesn’t — both just grip and go, while the Vette’s ass wants to slide.
Arguably, sliding is part of the fun. But not if that results in losing to a competitor on a track Sunday.
Tradition is nice… But progress for the sale of improvement is even better.
January 9, 2016 at 4:42 am #114692
WHY RUIN THE PERFECT SUPER CAR???
NO to AWD in corvette.
April 29, 2012 at 10:26 am #39754
Reserve it for high-end models.
Given the already blistering acceleration of the Corvette, ironing out the drivetrain deficiencies under launch would get it too hook without fail, and would result in something not unlike the speed of light.
Tradition, as always, be damned. There is no need anchor the Corvette to the 1960’s where it’s appeal is limited and dying off.
It is in the Corvette’s best interest to appeal to the greatest number of people and on a global scale, not just an American-centric worldview. If such people favour or have no objections to AWD, then the Corvette has no reason not to pursue, or even investigate, the advantages of such a drivetrain.
April 30, 2012 at 9:07 am #39771
awd as an option…..maybe but they definately can’t drop rwd cause lots of people who think they are car people think rwd is the sportiest and that awd is for rallying and driving your suv through snow so ya awd but just as an option
April 30, 2012 at 9:12 am #39772
I also say it should be an option because they’ve never done it before. If the AWD is a failure, they have nothing else to sell and it gives the Corvette a bad reputation.
April 30, 2012 at 9:42 am #39777
Yea AWD would be a good addition to the corvette.
But definitely as a option
May 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm #39787
AWD for the win! At least as an option.
I agree ……………… option
May 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm #39804
I can’t see AWD in a Corvette. Corvette owners seldom drive their car in the snow, mud or off road. Give it some horsepower, something to rattle that 650 horse Mustang.
May 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm #39808
But AWD is not just for bad weather and off-roading. It effectively boosts traction and handling. Just look at any Corvette drag race. It usually wins against fair competition, but pay attention to its slow star compared to AWD vehicles like the GT-R.
The Corvette is one of the few cars where GM couldn’t care less about it’s buyers. It’s a halo car, meaning it attracts people to the brand. Being AWD puts them yet another step ahead of the competition, boosting the fanbase they look for.
May 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm #39811
Yea, I see AWD is a performance and handling booster, not for snow, that could be an added unintended benefit, most of the worlds fastest and best supercars are AWD, corvette with AWD, if done right, would raise the corvette bar even higher.
May 3, 2012 at 10:56 am #39813
AWD will gives you a better launch in the 1/4 mile…but the RWD wins at the line.
May 3, 2012 at 11:53 am #39814
On the track — and during autocross events — AWD will assist in putting the power down out of the turns. That’s the problem with the Z06 and ZL1 today — too much power to the rear wheels results in massive tail slide and a moderate disadvantage when going up against the likes of the GT-R, R8, and even crotch rockets like the STi and Evo.
Technology for the sake of technology is dumb; but technology that is useful (in improving performance) is what it’s all about!
May 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm #39815
May 3, 2012 at 1:09 pm #39818
@Rick Burnouts are cool, but useless when it comes to performance; in other words, they are not conducive of a “perfect launch”.
Now, many a Corvette owner use their cars to hit up the twisty tracks on the weekends — and hate getting beat in the corners by all-wheel drive cars that have a clear advantage there. So in this case, the technology (AWD) has a distinct and precise purpose of improving performance and is not useless by any means.
You can get a 911 in RWD or AWD form — and I see no reason why this can’t also be the case when it comes to the Vette.
May 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm #39821
Exactly, make it an option and then everyone will be happy.
January 9, 2016 at 4:48 am #114693
You want awd, buy a tj rubicon. I have over 15,000 miles in six months in my 15 Z06 and i have never needed or would want awd. That is just rediculous. DO YOU EVEN OWN A CORVETTE OR ARE YOU JUST PUTTING YOUR 2 CENTS IN. I BET YOU HAVE NEVER EVEN DRIVEN ONE, CORRECT?
I have had two now a C6 Z51 436hp and now a 15 Z06 650hp and NEVER needed awd.
You dont fix something that is not broken.
May 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm #39823
I’m in! GM won’t do it. But option sounds good.
May 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm #39824
well at least not for the c7 maybe the c8. and just as long as they keep it front engined.
May 3, 2012 at 5:03 pm #39826
I may be wrong, but doesn’t AWD offer the ability to turn it off? I know 4WD is the type where you manually switch to all four wheels, but AWD is computerized, and I see no problem with a computerized function for turning off AWD, just as you would with traction and launch control.
May 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm #39827
Yes that would be even better, the ability to buy a corvette with optional AWD that is optional.
Optional AWD as a option on the corvette would be great. Keeps everyone happy.
December 26, 2014 at 3:11 am #81060
NO NO NO NO NO, CORVETTE IS A HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORTSCAR. WHERE IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU WANT OR NEED AWD? NO NO NO NO
December 26, 2014 at 3:37 am #81061
No, AWD cannot be turned off, at least it cannot be turned off in my ’09 CTS and my ’12 Sierra Denali.
December 27, 2014 at 1:00 am #81136
They can either make it as a stand alone option or they can make a track model Corvette like they did with the Z28 Camaro. Or how about THIS, how about a switch in the car where you can switch it back and forth between AWD and RWD?
January 26, 2016 at 8:27 pm #116297
Watch the Top Gear Episode of the C7 vs the GTR. Despite being heavier and having less HP, the GTR smokes the vette in both straight line accelleration and track times/cornering due to the AWD.
AWD>2wd in super cars.
This is why the top performing cars in both acceleration and handling are AWD, 2wd can’t keep up. THere’s a lot of nostalgia to 2wd, but performance numbers don’t lie.
More HP will do nothing for a vette at this point, even GM admits this, this is why the C8 WILL have Awd.
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