The ultimate American motoring icon is back. The Chevrolet Corvette C6, seen here in the first official pictures six weeks after Autocar first scooped an undisguised car, is a huge nod to the Vettes of the past, combining aggressive new styling and a powerful 400bhp 6.0-litre V8.
The sixth-generation Corvette is 130mm shorter than the outgoing car at 4435mm long, although the wheelbase is stretched by almost 30mm. GM bosses claim the new car is much more agile, helped by a 51:49 weight distribution.
The company has spent more than 400 hours in the wind tunnel honing the aerodynamics and claims a 0.28 drag co-efficient – an impressive figure. The Vette sits on 18-inch front wheels and 19-inch rear wheels.
The front headlights mark a departure from the traditional pop-up style for the first time since 1962. The pointed nose, headlamps, flared wings and bonnet ridge have a strong hint of the Dodge Viper about them. Keyless entry leaves an uncluttered door profile, while a shorter rear overhang houses quad pipes and the iconic round tail-lamps.
The removable roof panel has grown by 15 per cent and can be stowed in the boot. A convertible will be unveiled this spring.