The Corvette C7 has been spied during cold weather testing and is due to launch in 2013

The Corvette C7 has been spied during cold weather testing. The car is due to go into production later this year ahead of a 2013 launch. The heavily camouflaged Corvette C7 prototype reveals a few minor details about the upcoming sports car, which is expected to adopt a more European-looking design.

As previously confirmed by parent company General Motors, the C7 will retain its traditional front-engine and rear-wheel drive layout. A switch to a mid-engined format was considered, but has been put on ice

Compared to the C6, it seems that the front wheels have moved farther forward, increasing the dash-to-axle ratio and most likely the wheelbase too.

The rear end also appears to be larger, with a higher deck lid and slightly longer overhang, while the four exhaust pipes are now grouped together in the centre of the rear, as opposed to the C6’s ‘two sets of two’ arrangement.

The C7 is expected to have a smaller and lighter body, which makes use of carbonfibre and aluminium in order to keep its weight down and improve its power-to-weight ratio.

Although specifics about the engine are closely guarded by GM, power seems likely to come from a 5.5-litre V8 producing in the region of 450bhp, compared to the 6.2-litre V8 that drives the current C6.

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There is also the possibility of the C7 getting a high-revving turbocharged V8 engine as part of its desire to offer a mainstream rival to Porsche and Ferrari, a development that Autocar reported on last year. The new V8 would be just over 3.0 litres in capacity and is expected to have around 400bhp.

GM’s goal is to make the new Corvette a truly global competitor when production starts up. The car giant has invested $131 million (£80 million) in the Bowling Green, Kentucky plant that produces the Corvette to prepare for the C7 launch.

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24 January 2012

GM seem to be getting very serious with the C7 Corvette as a genuine Ferrari / Porsche / Audi etc rival. For the first time in the Vette's history, I think they have the commitment to have a real crack.

The main area they will have to look at is to finally ditch the currents car archaic suspension system. If that happens then it could be quite some car.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

24 January 2012

I hope they get the interior right. Always a weak point in previous 'vettes.

24 January 2012

[quote TegTypeR]

GM seem to be getting very serious with the C7 Corvette as a genuine Ferrari / Porsche / Audi etc rival. For the first time in the Vette's history, I think they have the commitment to have a real crack.

The main area they will have to look at is to finally ditch the currents car archaic suspension system. If that happens then it could be quite some car.

[/quote] Not just the suspension Teg,i feel they could have been a bit bolder and given the Corvette a proper re-style,you know?....a new body for the 21st Century,GM have been pandering to the faithful in the US for decades, the basic layout is 40 yrs old, let me set a question.....if the Corvette was to be a global car,what shape would it take?...does it need to have huge power/torque figures?, and this might be a stinger...does the US need to change it's sportscar culture?

Peter Cavellini.

DKW

24 January 2012

[quote Autocar]There is also the possibility of the C7 getting a high-revving turbocharged V8 engine ... just over 3.0 litres in capacity and is expected to have around 400bhp.[/quote] Do they mean V6? Not much of a history of small capacity V8s in America.

24 January 2012

"Spy" pictures of a new car wearing full disguise? Still, it's good to get updates on new car development.

24 January 2012

[quote TegTypeR]

GM seem to be getting very serious with the C7 Corvette as a genuine Ferrari / Porsche / Audi etc rival. For the first time in the Vette's history, I think they have the commitment to have a real crack.

The main area they will have to look at is to finally ditch the currents car archaic suspension system. If that happens then it could be quite some car.

[/quote]

Lemans top GT Class Winners 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011. That’s seven wins in ten years, a decade of domination of Ferrari, Porsche, Aston, Lambo and others. I think they have been serious, you just haven't noticed, or you have ignored it completely.

Archaic suspension system; really? You know I give up, no matter how many times I point to photos of the space frame chassis with fully independent suspension or tests where a Z06 not the top ZR1 but the Z06 best a 458 Ferrari by 2 seconds around Laguna Seca seem to make any difference. Facts don’t seem to matter here and I find that rather odd for a car fan forum. Why is it so hard to give credit where credit is due?

You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows
—Robert Allen Zimmerman

24 January 2012

are they going to promise to make it RHD again? Sadly until they do that nobody here will care (or, Jack, acknowledge the actual facts, just the clowns on effing Top Gear).

24 January 2012

[quote jackjflash]You know I give up[/quote]Hi Jack

There's an untaught attitude among Blighty's car fans "American can't be any good unless Steve McQueen drove one." I wrote a long essay published in the USA comparing the current 'Vette with its 911 equivalent that concluded the Porsche better in most departments. a few by a small margin, but certainly not the most suited to US roads, not as dramatic either, or as good value for money compared to the Vette.

After a couple of weeks driving I came down in favour of the 'Vette if buying in the States. Rather like a top of the range 2 liter MX5 against a Boxster - 80% of the value for half the price and running costs and more fun.

24 January 2012

I look forward to its release!

They should get rid of the live rear axle, and rubbish interior and modernise the suspension and inside and it will already be a huge leap forward.

As for the ferrari porsche rival?? hmm not so sure if thats what the corvette is all about, i though it was more a loud, look at me, tail happy muscle car, simple but desireable not a high tech nurburgring record setter...just my opinion

24 January 2012

[quote jackjflash][quote TegTypeR]

GM seem to be getting very serious with the C7 Corvette as a genuine Ferrari / Porsche / Audi etc rival. For the first time in the Vette's history, I think they have the commitment to have a real crack.

The main area they will have to look at is to finally ditch the currents car archaic suspension system. If that happens then it could be quite some car.

[/quote]

Lemans top GT Class Winners 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011. That’s seven wins in ten years, a decade of domination of Ferrari, Porsche, Aston, Lambo and others. I think they have been serious, you just haven't noticed, or you have ignored it completely.

Archaic suspension system; really? You know I give up, no matter how many times I point to photos of the space frame chassis with fully independent suspension or tests where a Z06 not the top ZR1 but the Z06 best a 458 Ferrari by 2 seconds around Laguna Seca seem to make any difference. Facts don’t seem to matter here and I find that rather odd for a car fan forum. Why is it so hard to give credit where credit is due?

[/quote] Beat me to it Jack. I too am fed up with hearing about the Corvette's archaic suspension. I remember reading an article where a Lotus engineer was commenting on how impressive the 'Vette's suspension is. Still, not point in letting the facts get in the way of slagging off some Yank crap.

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