Next Corvette Taking Evolutionary Design Path?
GMI receives some tidbits on the next Vette.
November 8, 2011
By: Nick Saporito
Chevrolet’s flagship performance car is always the subject to wild rumors and reports, particularly when an all-new version is just around the corner. As the iconic Corvette embarks on its transition from the sixth generation to the seventh generation model, rumors of split rear windows and radical new design themes have surfaced more than a few times. Despite the fanfare, it sounds like most of those rumors are just that- rumors.
Every “next” generation Corvette seems to have one huge rumor attached to it and for the C7 that has been the design trait of a split rear window. The spilt rear window was first seen on the 1963 Stingray and GM resurrected it for the Stingray Concept car a few years ago, leaving speculation to run wild that the unique trait would make it to production.
GMI has been able to confirm that the C7 will not have a split rear window, at least not as standard fare. We haven’t been able to confirm if such will be offered as an option, though it would seem that an entirely different rear window structure would be a costly thing to change.
The rest of the C7 exterior is said to be more European looking in nature, with an overall design that is described very much like today’s Corvette. Considering the car is residing on the same platform that today’s Corvette rides on, it is not terribly shocking that the design—initially—is sounding more evolutionary rather than revolutionary.
Inside expect a heavily revamped interior design with much higher quality materials. The C7 was originally going to receive capacitive touch buttons similar to the recently announced Cadillac CUE system, however that has since been scrapped. Instead, the C7 will feature a unique version of GM’s latest infotainment, including a large center display in the gauge cluster.
Power for the new Vette will come from GM’s Generation V Small Block V-8’s. Despite reports claiming that the base engine will be a 5.5-liter, GMI continues to hear that the base engine will house a displacement of 6.2-liters. And as other outlets have already confirmed, the 2014 Corvette will have a seven-speed manual transmission.
The 2014 Corvette is expected to launch in mid-2013, with production commencing at GM’s Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant.