GM design chief, Ed Wellburn told Bloomberg he wants to change the perception of Corvette as being an old person's car
The new 'Vette is an important brand-builder for GM
Next-gen Corvette C7 will premiere at the Detroit motor show in January
A new base 5.5-litre V8 is likely to be offered beneath the existing 6.2-litre V8
Spy-shots show the C7's design has gently evolved
The new car will be lighter than previously, and is likely to use carbonfibre and aluminium engine blocks
Insiders suggest the signature quad rear light arrangement will remain, but the round units could be squared-off
The interior appears to feature parts-bin stalk controls
The bonnet features a large functional scoop
The tailgate arrangement will remain; heavily sculpted sports seats are fitted to this mule
A convertible version is likely to be launched after the coupé goes on sale next year
New logo is said to show “greater depth, colour and more attention to detail”
Pictures of the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette C7 have surfaced on the eve of the Detroit motor show. The pictures, which will appear on the covers of two American motoring magazines show the undisguised front and rear of the iconic American sportscar.
The cover of Road & Track magazine shows a significant evolution of the Corvette C7's front end with LED daytime running lights and a large grille similar to that seen on the recently-revealed SRT Viper. The more radical changes are shown by Automobile magazine, where at the rear Chevrolet has opted for square units carrying LED graphics similar to those featured on the Chevrolet Camaro.
Our spy shots, captured recently shows the overall design will be evolutionary, but will retain many of the same iconic details of the current two-seater.
It will retain its long nose, steeply raked windshield and the same flat boot lid, but Chevrolet promises some radical changes once the 2014 Corvette C7 finally hits market next year.
The basic platform for the C7 is expected to undergo some modest changes but it will remain a front-engine, rear-drive sports car. Insiders have hinted at significant weight reduction; essential for the Vette is to be regarded as a world-class driver's car. It is likely this will be achieved through use of carbonfibre panels, replacing the fibreglass parts currently used.
Insiders suggest a 5.5-litre V8 could be introduced as the entry-level engine, with a new 6.2-litre unit offered as a more upscale motor. The smaller engine is likely to feature an aluminium block, adopting higher compression and direct injection.
It is also possible Chevrolet could introduce downsized engines as part of the range. Such a move is unlikely to be adopted initially, but a twin-turbo V6 could join the latest development of the small block V8.
The Corvette C7 will be the first to wear the latest evolution of the crossed flags logo, which are said to be more swept and angular with greater detail “showing greater depth, colour and more attention to detail”.
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