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 |  Mar 16 2010, 9:27 AM

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Back in 1980, General Motors toyed with the idea of producing a 4-door Corvette America. A prototype was built but the project was later dropped. As absurd as the concept sounds, GM now appears to be revisiting the idea and with Porsche seeing great success with its Panamera, the 4-door Vette might very well see reality three decades later.

According to a report by Wards Automotive, news of the rebirth of the Corvette America comes from none other than soon-to-retire GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, although its not clear that a 4-door Vette would actually wear the Corvette name. In fact, we’d think such a model would make more sense as a Cadillac, although considering the CTS-V, there might not be enough to differentiate the two.

Creating a 4-door Corvette would also allow Chevy to introduce a higher-volume V6-powered version, an idea it has debated in the past with the 2-door Corvette as a way to attract female buyers and those less interested in the car’s V8 performance and more its stylish good looks.

Aficionados of the car will no doubt have great disdain for the idea, but it may help GM reduce costs, increase profitability and offer a unique product. Would it devalue the Corvette name? Probably not, considering the Panamera doesn’t seem to have hurt the Porsche 911. Would it be hideous? Quite possibly. But again, that hasn’t seem to hamper sales of Porsche’s new 4-door.

[Source: Wards Automotive]

  • Bob

    Um, hello? Cadillac CTS-V anyone? I own one and it pretty much qualifies as a four-door Corvette.

    I think the idea is a non-starter, myself.

    …and a V6 Corvette? Blasphemy.

  • Zigger

    My thoughts exactly. The current CTS-V can be bought today for around 62k and offers more than a 4-door Corvette ever would.

  • Colum Wood

    Yea, but as good as the CTS-V is, it’s like the E63 or M5, certain compromises still have to be made as its based on a standard luxury sedan. If you start with a “4-door sports car” you can take it even more hard core. But yea… hard to convince anyone to buy one with the V is so damn good.

  • bill12690

    absolute crap idea. Corvette should ALWAYS and forever remain a v8 coupe.

  • Colum Wood

    There would still be a coupe, but the potential for a 4-door as well. I know it sounds like a terrible idea, but so would a 4-door 911… and yet the Panamera is amazing.

  • Patrick

    Bill12690- As much as i understand what you are syaing about a V6 vette, dont forget the first vette was a 6′er :)

  • Marshal

    Why would a 4 door Vette have to be hideous?! Heck I saw on a Travel Channel show awhile back(Extreme Rides I think)a stretch limo Ferrari where some customizers, literally cut a late model Ferrari in half and then inserted either 6-8 seat midsection, and then reatatched the front & back perfectly.

    So are you going to tell me 2 additional seats & doors are going to ruin a Corvette? Come on, with some good ol Yankee ingenuity and inspired styling it CAN be done. If GM’s designers can’t pull that off, then maybe they should be fired & some fresh young & hungry blood brought in.

    And I am excited, really pumped about the idea of a radical new mid-engined, wickedly styled C8 Vette that will pull everyone’s attention away from Ferrari & Lamborghini. I’m not too crazy about the thought of a V6 engine though. The one thing Chevy does need to stick to is a V8.

  • Christopher

    They already made one…The GXP…but pontiac is gone

  • Charlie

    Sounds Like something GM or GOVERNMENT MOTORS would come up with. Just like everything else they touch. THEY SCREW IT UP!

  • Don

    I own a 1980 stretched Vette with 2 small bucket seats where the battery box and the jack compartment were.I bought it used this way and I have raised two kids with it and it handles just perfectly..I’ve owned it since 1982

  • Mreesemoore

    If an original 2 door car name Porsche can do it why can’t Corvette. I say do it and I would love to see a corvette suv

  • Mreesemoore

    If an original 2 door car name Porsche can do it why can’t Corvette. I say do it and I would love to see a corvette suv

  • WestJeffreyLee

    I am trying to sell 1 of 5 chevy made 4 door corvetts. They were made by Chev and given away as gifts
    It’s got 2 ttops and was factory made

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