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  • ME Cargo/Luggage Carrying Capacity

    How big do you think the ME’s total cargo carrying capacity will be?

    First a major thanks to our fellow forum member “Stevera2” for helping me put together this thread!

    As we all know, typically the mid-engine’s primary trunk is in the front, e.g., a frunk.

    A person on another forum, “envisi0n91,” tangentially addressed the question of how much cargo space the 2002 ME Corvette will have by saying, “My ME Ferrari has more storage space than my FE Vette.” I needed to be convinced of that. However, to learn more, I contacted someone who knows a lot about such things, wcody111, and he first sent me the below following picture, in the following post, of a Ferrari 458 frunk (front trunk).

    Which got me to thinking, as our C7 came with an optional luggage, and since we have heard from our fellow member “Fasttoys” (thank you) for sharing that GM will be giving us many more ME options (a la the Porsche way), we probably will similarly see an option of a ME custom-fitted luggage set.

    Stevera2 then helped in my learning that the 458 HT Spyder also has additional area behind the seat in the hard-top convertible Spyder version, by his sharing the below picture — again in the following post.

    Seeing this Ferrari HT Spyder with its custom two duffel bags designed for that shelf, perhaps also part of the optional Corvette’s ME luggage option could instead be a custom sized, hard-sided suitcase that would perfectly fit on that shelf, maybe only 2/3’s as “thick” as a typical airline overhead bin bag, to put in dress clothes and similar items that need crushing protection.

    It appears that the 2020 ME Corvette is of similar size and proportions as the Ferrari 488. If we similarly get a frunk and an “iShelf” (inside behind-the-seat shelf), we will be taking cross country trips in our 2020 ME.

    Bob Lutz said in an article interview years ago, that the ME luggage space has been solved. Whether that includes a golf bag or two capabilities, we will probably not know until the reveal. But it is appearing that a HT convertible ME Corvette could have a good amount of cargo carrying capacity.
    Last edited by John; 07-09-2018, 01:15 AM.
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    • #3
      However, as noted above, not often but sometimes in a non front engined car, it could have its larger trunk be in the rear, as we learned (thank you) from our member “RedHot.” Here is a picture showing one golf bag in a “technically rear engined” 911 Porsche.

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      • #4
        Here’s some positive news about the ME’s potential storage space. We have learned thanks to “Quinten33”and a video he posted (link below) that the MacLaren 720 S has 12.7 cubic feet of storage space, e.g., 5.3 cubic feet of this space is in its frunk; 7.4 cubic feet of its storage space is behind the seats.

        Here is a picture of its 5.3 cubic feet front trunk; while we can not see its depth, the narrator describes that frunk as very deep.



        This 12.7 cubic feet is a 27% increased amount over the C7 convertible’s 10 cubic feet capacity (though 15.3% less than a C7 coupe).

        We have friends who take many thousand mile long road trips in their C7 convertibles, so it does initially appear that cross country road trips in the Corvette ME will be do-able.

        We do not yet have a information as to the 2020 ME’s storage capacity, whether the traditional coupe’s space might be adequate for long road trips. Maybe the 2020 Corvette’s coupe could be very adequate, but conversely the ME’s hard trip convertible could be down to around the 5 cubic footage capacity because of its HT convertible mechanism taking away most or even all of the storage space behind the seats.
        Last edited by John; 07-09-2018, 01:25 AM.
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        • #5
          I vadered these pics from elsewhere. Here is the McLaren 720 with 4 suitcases in it. The 720 utilizes a parcel shelf that can be used over the engine compartment (2 bags), and the frunk has the other 2 bags.

          So there definitely is a way to do it.

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          • #6
            If the ME Vette has anywhere near the storage of those Ferrari 458 photos John posted above..... I will be one happy owner!
            Mark JD
            Venice, Florida

            2019 Grand Sport Convertible, 3LT, Blade Silver with Adrenaline Red interior. Delivery date: 12/12/2018
            Our other ride: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Red Horizon Tintcoat

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            • #7
              Indeed, I'm expecting there to be some storage above the transmission for the targa top. A rear trunk like the old NSX had. Though another fine point made so far is the space the hard top mechanism and roof itself may take up, I would be curious if we loose any seat travel as a result. I like to have my legs fairly straight when I drive, and when I sat in the 2017 NSX I felt the seat needed to go back at least another half an inch. Though the top could end up going behind the seats. Additionally for the hard top convertible, it may be possible to store smaller items in there when the roof is up, as in the Mclaren cars. Mclaren called them 'Buttress bags' and they went on the underside of the rear tanau. Then when removed and unfolded, would fill up the space the roof normally occupied.

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              • #8
                Thank you Sigmon for that specific information. About 175 more days until its storage space and so much more, is revealed.
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