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2014 Corvette Will Retain Leaf Spring Suspension Posts: 10,059
edited September 2014 in Chevrolet

image2014 Corvette Will Retain Leaf Spring Suspension

A leaked sketch of the new C7 shows that the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette will continue to use transverse composite leaf springs.

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  • rayzorrayzor Posts: 61
    "This may seem like old technology to some, but Chevrolet has proven over and over again that the transverse leaf spring can be used to great effect with the right design."
    This can also be said about the Mustang's rear suspension. Sure, it works but there are proven, better designs out there. Ford and Chevy is simply thinking about keeping the cost down, nothing wrong with that.
  • mej2mej2 Posts: 4
    Based on the Corvette's various stellar track times, I don't think a low cost proven design is a bad idea by any means for the suspension.
  • actualsizeactualsize Santa Ana, CaliforniaPosts: 451
    I'm not sure if it's a cost issue or not in this case. The Corvette C6 had double wishbones all around, and almost everything was aluminum. And I can't imagine a composite leaf spring is particularly cheap. We're definitely not seeing the same sort of overt cost consciousness we find at the tail-end of a Mustang. I suspect they prefer it for packaging reasons.

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  • Indeed I had always heard it was a packaging thing too.
  • How do I see the other comments on this article?
  • So now I can see that I can only see the comments after posting one. Edmunds, please do not kill the Inside Line approach to commenting on articles. This sucks.
  • actualsizeactualsize Santa Ana, CaliforniaPosts: 451
    I'm not seeing the same behavior you describe here on Google Chrome and a laptop PC. I can see and read comments without being signed it at all. Yes, I have to click on the "Comments (6)" blue box to display them, but that's it.

    I do have to sign in if I want to post, as I did in order to write this, but that was always the case. And I checked "remember me on this computer" so I don't have to sign in again.

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  • ERRR... I've tried to give this a chance. But, burring comments behind a button and disabling comments from certain articles totally misses the point of a blog. We need community interaction, which cannot happen when you silence us.

    Though, I like the rating system for comments. There is so much potential here but management is competent.
  • Off topic, but the comment section was superior on the Inside Line site.
  • actualsize, the only real problem I have noticed with the site migration is that there is no way to post comments on the long term test blog.
  • sharpendsharpend Posts: 177
    I miss Inside Line. :-(
  • sharpendsharpend Posts: 177
    I miss Inside Line. :-(
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  • Anybody else notice that it also has a pretty good skectch of what the front end could look like?
  • Elwoodz
    me too, now more hast been leakest.

    SEESH, now I can finally get to the comments and comment. That was a hassle. Now, where is Straightline and ReadersRides... now to keep on searchings. gaaah. Well at least some of the regulars of IL have made it here.
  • Wow, GM. All of this great technology added to the next Corvette, but you're still sticking it out with pushrods and leaf springs.

    It's really sad when all of the other sports cars (i.e. 911, Viper) have been using coil-over suspensions for years now. Even the C5-R and C6.R don't use leaf springs. What's the point of technology transfer from racing when you don't use a variant of the coil-over suspension setup from your very own race car? It's a proven setup!

    Maybe the next Vette gets optional Recaro seats at least.
  • cz_75cz_75 Posts: 7
    Wow, I can barely see any detail in your tiny photos.
  • rh67_rh67_ Posts: 3
    Leaf springs - on a 2014 model....

    This dinosaur should have been put out to grass 20 years ago.
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