A Saab employee has revealed the Swedes have created a double-clutch transmission for a mid-engine Corvette.

New details have emerged about the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette (C7).

A senior Saab employee revealed via an unnamed trade magazine that the Swedes created a double-clutch transmission for a "mid-engined version of the Corvette" when Saab was still owned by GM. It featured a wet-clutch setup that could handle up to 590 lb-ft (799 Nm) of torque, slightly less than the current ZR-1.

Despite being fully developed, the layout was sidelined due to the economic crash of 2008, but apparently is now back on the agenda.

As we have previously reported, the C7 is expected to go into production in April 2012 (as a 2013 model). It will be smaller than the C6 and feature lightweight materials for better fuel efficiency and improved performance. Speaking of which, the base model could be powered by a turbocharged V6.

Styling will likely be influenced by the Stingray Concept, which debuted at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. This means the C7 could have a split rear window, a "double bubble" roof, and angular lines.