The 2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette is scheduled to debut the day before the kickoff of the Detroit Auto Show on January 13. The new C7 is scheduled to arrive in dealer showrooms during the third quarter and will feature, among other things, a redesigned Corvette logo. The new logo retains the signature crossed flags in a design that has been described as “more sculpted, more raked” than the current design, which was introduced in 2005.
The new C7 will reportedly carry over only two parts for the current C6 model. GM has not disclosed which two parts will be carried over, which has opened the door to speculation that they may be as minor as door handles and lock buttons, or as major as powertrain elements.
Previously disclosed spy photos have shown that the new C7 will feature some major design changes. The front and rear overhangs have been reduced to give the new model a leaner appearance. The longer wheelbase will provide more interior cabin room than the current model, and provides “near perfect” 50/50 front-to-rear weight balance.
Chevy designers have chosen to retain the rounded taillights, and have given the new C7 an intimidating quad-pipe exhaust system that reportedly produces a ground-shaking roar during acceleration. The head-on view features more vertically oriented headlights and a larger air inlet.
Although some had speculated that the new Vette C7 would get a downsized engine to improve fuel efficiency, the automaker put those rumors to rest last month when it announced that it will retain the 6.2-liter V-8 engine available in the current model. GM says the new LT1 engine will deliver 450-bhp and 450 pound feet of torque, and will feature 0 to 60 mph acceleration in under 4.0 seconds — making it the fastest “standard” Vette ever built.
The new LT1 engine will also feature direct fuel injection and active fuel management. Although no exact fuel economy estimate for the new LT1 engine has been announced, Chevrolet says it will top the 26 mpg highway average of the current C6 Corvette. The automaker says it has also reduced tailpipe emissions by 25 percent.
The new C7 will feature a new 7-speed manual gearbox teamed with an optional 8- or possibly 8-speed dual clutch semi-automatic transmission.
Pricing for the new C7 has not yet been announced.