He said look for 450 HP OUT OF THE BOX!!! non Z06TYPE and he said it WILL now be a 2004 again Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!
even at 50,000 units, the vette is only something like 1% of GMs north american production. higher hp does not equate to higher emissions or even lower MPG. if the new vette came out with less power than the current, and no increase in performance measurements, it would be a horrible thing for chevy.
while shaving 500lbs off the vette would certainly be a spectacular thing, from an engineering prospective it is not as feasible as increasing power *and* lowering emissions. the press likes to talk about how cars today are heavier than in the 70s etc due to all the "gadgets", while it is most often overlooked that govt regulation on crashworthyness has led to a fleet of fairly similar looking/weighing sedans across all OEMs. let's remember that the C4 could not have been sold in 1997 (even if the C5 was delayed another year) due to side impact safety standards.
it makes me sick that the govt is forcing the OEMs to spend time and money to meet increasingly rediculus NOx requirements instead of pushing research for promising technologies with basically zero emissions (i.e. fuel cells).
well i could keep typing for an hour but i will leave it at this.
i'm not sure what the % is, but the gasoline internal combustion engine is an inefficient machine.
as for diesel, the very reason nearly 50% of european cars are diesel is for MPG, or their efficeincy. so why doesn't gm, toyota, vw, anyone push lots of diesel in the good ol USA? turns out diesel, while been more effiencent from a useful work (MPG) standpoint, has HIGHER emmisions (especially NOx i believe). so companies with only so many emmision credits from uncle sam can't afford to sell too many high MPG diesel vehicles!