I think this rumor may be true. Think about it, the C5 has not changed at all, since its introduction in '97. If you look at all the previous generations, each one had some minor body change, and in less time. For the 50TH annv. model I think they are going to need more than badging and color schemes to make the car special. I also think, if such a change was made for '03, it would include the Z06. I believe this rumor more than the one on the 425 HP '03 Z06.
I think that will come in '04.
Has anyone taped the new GM ($2002 rebate) commercial and slomo'ed the Corvette clip. I have heard the rumor that it is a 2003. I'm not fast enough to have caught it, but the glimpses I saw were a "different" red, BSM's and flashy wheels!
"I sometimes miss the old ways when the cars were body on frame type and every year was a new style.. "
Isn't the current Corvette essentially a "body on frame" now?
I realize it is different than the cars of the fifties with a ladder frame with a body that provided it's own structure. The currentmodel is closer to a rolling chassis from a race car with body panels that bolt on..... isn't it?
Changing body panels each year is expensive..... New tooling.... more inventory..... maybe new installation training... etc.
Yeah, it was nice to be able at tell the year of a car at a glance.
Its funny but with the advent of the unibody structure used my most manufacturers today...the yearly body changes became a thing of the past..Your right..its way to expensive to change the style every year...
Whats a shame is that GM has made quite a few cars over the past few decades...like the fiero..the F body..thier first generation minivans and corvettes where they have the basic design capability to alter the body panels without affecting the structural platform..
Yet they don't..
Thats all I was suggesting..
GM builds these cars and trucks, that I mentioned above..that easily lend themselves to relatively inexpensive revamps..and then doesn't use that capability..for increased sales..
Why is market share off? Excitment is what builds sales. Either with mechanical superiority (ZO6) and/or the beauty of a fresh new design...or even just a new facia!
The others mentioned above really could have benefited by utilizing the specific production meathods to create a new and exciting look..as sales began to falter.. but GM really didn't do it..
Luckily the corvette doesn't really need a shot in the arm..but it would be nice for the 50th anniversary..something that screams Corvette!
I don't know if GM would realize how easily it could be done..(based on what they didn't do with the fiero/f body/ minivans)
They rarely use the full potiential of design structure they implement..They usually trash it and start over..
I just remember the excitment of versatility that these new construction meathods afford..hell it was part of the original press kits!
Only problem GM management gets so caught up in in containing (all)costs...they sometimes lose some relatively inexpensive meathods of creating excitment..
Well I guess come June or July... guess we shall see..what we shall see! LMAO