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I have watched Z06 & C5 forums for quite some time, and it seems most feel the C6 will be a '04 or possibly '05. This seems to make the C5 a short timer in Corvette terms. Any idea why the General wants to "whack" the wonderful (MHO) C5 & Z06??

PS: this is part of the "get the '01 Z06 now or wait to get a '02 yada, yada..... " that I am still debating. "Look Before You Leap" - "He Who Hesitates Is Lost"

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Answer to short life....$$$$$

But, we have to commend GM for staying abreast with the competition or at least trying to catch up or excede. /ubb/smilies/cool.gif

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HarleyB:

It really depends upon what the C6 consists of. If it's just an exterior styling change, with some engine, and suspension tweaking, then the C5 will "sort" of live on in the C6 to some extent.
Remember, the C5 was a totally new design, from the ground up, over the C4. Engine, chassis, drive train, etc.
Most other Vette transitions (from the C1 to the C2, C2 to the C3, and C3 to the C4)were more gradual, with the new generation sharing some stuff from the previous years for awhile. Even the ZR1 was a C4 with a different type of engine, and upgraded body and suspension parts.
I would really be suprised if the C6 was anything more than an updated C5. MHO.

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I know i read it somewhere, maybe "autoweek" or...god help me..."motor trend", the C-6 will be a new body style on the C-5 frame /ubb/smilies/wink.gif

This will be the same deal as the 63 corvette sting ray, almost all new....and the 68 marco shark.....nerw body same frame /ubb/smilies/smile.gif



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If the C6 in '04 is just a body update with the same basic platform, then they will have produced close to 250,000 C5 units. The Corvette has sold better than expectations and the tooling will have been fully amortized.

The C3 was a new body on the C2 platform and it was done after only about 100,000 C2 units and was originally planned for '67, but was delayed due to technical problems with the T-tops.

GM presents the C5 as a world class sports car. The performance is certainly there, but it needs a "manuamatic" type gearbox - not for me, but that's the way most customers are ordering their Ferraris. It also needs a styling update, which should include high tech fixed headlamps.

In good economic times, sports cars sell well, but they sell terribly in a bad economy. The recession of the early ninties is what delayed the C5. I think it was originally planned for '93 at which time the C4 was nearly ten years old.

If the economy never went into recession we could expect a new C5 platform about every 10-12 years with a major update about half way through, but given the unpredictability of economic conditions more than a few months out, trying to predict the long run cycles of the Corvette is a crap shoot.

The $64,000 question now is will the C6 be delayed if the current economy sinks into a significant recession. All the auto companies are going to be seeing red and may be looking for ways to cut expenses. If the C6 is truly in the schedule for '04 then tooling and parts contacts will have to be let this year. We'll all just have to wait and see how the situation develops.

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lets find out who's writing the sequel to "All Corvettes are Red"!!!!!

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7 years is not that short. It may seem that way because the two previous models lasted for so long.

The fist generation went from 53 to 62 = 10 years.
The second ran from 63 to 67 = 5 years.
The third ran from 68 to 82 = 15 years.
The fourth was 84 to 96 = 13 years.

The average life is 10.75 years.

I think it would have gone another few years if the 50th anniversary wasn't coming in '04.




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