Every so often the powers that be at GM come up with a Corvette notion that is four doors and family friendly. The very perception is enough to make even the strongest stomach Corvette fanatic sick, but low and behold the Fourvette is born.
This time the notion of a four door Corvette is more than just words and GM has actually made a concept car version of what the production Fourvette might look like. Hopefully this is as far as the Fourvette goes, but it certainly isn’t the end of the sickness you will feel in the pit of your stomach when you hear the next tid bit of info on the Fourvette.
In addition to the four doors, the Fourvette will include a six cylinder engine. This is supposedly to market to the women of America, but if they can drive the big soccer mom V8 SUVs, why can’t they drive a V8 Corvette? A more fitting question is why they are even considering such a vehicle?
Here’s the problem. Last year Porsche came out with a four door called the Panamera and although it looks like a stretched out turtle, the sales are unbelievable. So unbelievable that GM is thinking of following suit. However, the birth of the Fourvette could be the death of the Corvette.
Owning a Corvette has always been something that you do as a reward for yourself. You don’t buy a Vette so that you can load up the kids and take them to soccer practice right before you go to the grocery store. In fact the mere sight of a baby seat inside a Corvette would be enough to put you into exile with your Corvette club.
Now it seems that GM may want to curb all that the Corvette has come to be in it’s almost 60 years of existence and redefine it as a family car. So the great American icon will become the greater family icon? Not to say that women can’t own Corvettes, but why does the Corvette have to be four doors and six cylinders?
Hopefully this is as far as it goes and perhaps GM is only doing this to gain a little bit of notoriety and some publicity. The last time that a four door Corvette went to concept was back in 1963 and if not for the pictures of that four door Corvette, no one would have believed the story. While it is up for debate as to why that model never made it to the production line, the fact remains that it never made it to the production line.
In 1963 GM was wise enough back then to destroy that version of the four door Corvette and say, “What four door, we don’t have any four door,” so hopefully they will be just as wise with the Fourvette. While the name is nifty, the notion of an actual four door Corvette being put into production is anything but. While a picture is worth a thousand words, a picture of the Fourvette is only worth three; no thank you.