The new C7 Chevrolet Corvette has been revealed at the 2013 Detroit motor show. It follows months of speculation, with rumors that the new ‘Vette would become a mid-engined supercar. It stays true to its roots, though, with a front-engine/rear-drive layout and a 6.2-litre V8. The new Chevrolet Corvette is the third model in the series after the second (1963-1967) and third (used between 1969 and 1976) generation vehicles to wear the Stingray designation. It has received its world premiere at the Detroit auto show earlier on today, Monday January 14, and will go on sale in the fall.
2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette – With the other 6 Generations
Chevrolet is redefining its range with today’s debut of the all-new Corvette Stingray, and the car is hands down the main attraction at this year Detroit Motor Show. The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque. It is also the most capable standard model ever, able to accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering grip. It’s mated to a seven-speed manual gearbox, like the 991-gen Porsche 911, which boasts rev matching on down changes to negate the need for heel-and-toeing like in the Nissan 370Z.
2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette – Side Profile
Though some rumors had indicated that the Corvette would get a twin-turbo V6, the sports car will instead use an all-new small-block V8 known as the LT1. The power will in fact be provided by a new 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine. While the tried-and-true pushrod configuration remains, the LT1 features direct-injection, variable valve timing and a fairly high 11.5:1 compression ratio. A dry sump oil system will be an optional extra in place of a standard wet sump unit. Also part of the LT1 package is a cylinder deactivation system that saves fuel by effectively turning the 6.2-liter V8 into a 3.1-liter V4. It is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA-estimated 9.0 L/100 km or 26 mpg of the current model.
2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette – Rear
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray retains the same general ‘Vette shape as previous generations, but with distinct styling cues that give it an unmistakable presence. A wide, smiling front grille leads the front fascia punctuated by fanged front lip, LED headlights and vented hood to dissipate engine heat. A giant side intake and striking sideskirt design emphasize speed even at a standstill, and further vents above the rear wheels also functionally cool the differential and transmission. The rear of the car may be the most controversial, with Camaro-esque taillights sandwiched by a vertical lip spoiler and central quad exhaust.
2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette – Interior
Inside, the theme continues as designers wanted to dispel the stigma that Corvette interiors are cheap, which they are. To do so, extensive amounts of real carbon fibre were used throughout the cabin, the leather is genuine and properly hand-stitched and the inclusion of a new Infotainment system will hopefully firmly plant the C7’s interior in ’14, as opposed to ’94. There are also two new seat choices—an entry level “GT” seat and very racy wing-backed “Competition Sport” option, complete with headrest ports for a five-point racing harness.
2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette – Front 3/4
The 2014 Corvette Stingray will be built at the same site as its predecessors in Bowling Green, Kentucky, after the multi-million dollar retrofit too the plat has been done so that the aluminum frame can also be built in-house. Make no mistake; the All new 2014 C7 Chevrolet Corvette this is a thoroughly re-imagined version of the great American sports car. The car wears its stylistic update very well and where the interior was once cheep and creaky the new model has more than enough high tech features and power. It will undoubtedly undercut many of the less powerful competition when it eventually does reach market, as has always been the Corvette way.
2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette – Rear 3/4
See the Chevy release video here, this is the same video running in the Chevy booth on the 2013 floor of the North American Internally Auto Show.