The Chevrolet Corvette has long been one of America’s most iconic sports cars with die-hard fans spanning many generations since it was first put into production almost 60 years ago. With the current generation C6 having been released back in 2005, Chevrolet is preparing to give the model a rebirth at next month’s Detroit Auto Show with the debut of the 2014 Corvette C7. Of course, C7 is referring to seventh generation car. Fans of the Corvette have long awaited a redesign and if the rumors and spy picks hold true, they will not be disappointed. The leaked images show the C7 to have adopted a much more contemporary style with clean, sharp lines, quad-tip exhaust pipes, and a pounce-ready stance anchored by some very bulky rear wheels.
G.M. is putting increased focus on bringing the Corvette’s interior up to par with competitors. Thus, the C7’s inside will see new sport seats (replacing its predecessor’s universally criticized buckets), a multifunction steering wheel, and a new digital instrument panel as well as an improved dash board that is angled even more toward the driver to create the feel of a true cockpit. New technology will include Active Rev Match on manual vehicles, a Performance Data Recorder capable of capturing video and a new Engine Sound management system that will allow the driver to mitigate engine sound with the just the push of a button. Also expect a new LCD screen equipped with Track Overlay which will be capable of running multiple metrics including lap times and G-forces.
The C7 is expected to run on GM’s 6.2 liter small block direct injected V8, boasting 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque in base trim.
Be on the lookout for the C7 and over 40 other debuts from multiple manufacturers at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show starting Jan. 14. And stay tuned for extended in-person TFLcar coverage of this great Auto Show!
While you wait, please enjoy this TFLcar video review of the 2013 Corvette Convertible Grand Sport.