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Next Corvette Taking Evolutionary Design Path?
GMI receives some tidbits on the next Vette.
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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.
 

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Forgetting the nostalgia aspect for a minute, why would anyone want a split rear window? It hampers function, doesn't look very good on a modern design and is reminiscent of driving an Express or Astro Van. Hell, even the Astro Van eventually abandoned the split rear for the ugly dutch door to boost visibility.
 

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Don't forget the actual buyer of this car, GM. Keep the knobs and buttons where it makes sense to a 55 year old about to splurge $50+ K. No Ford My Touch mistakes, please.
 

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With sales dropping, making this a C6 1/2 doesn't seem to make much sense. Don't look for folks to be trading in theirs for just an upgraded interior and some other doo-dads. I wouldn't.
 

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Another "backbone and balsa" chassis update, more like C5 and 7/8s. I hope this generation is shortlived, and that they bring their A game for mid-engine clean sheet C8.
 

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So the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" argument will keep going a while longer. Nice to hear about a new interior.
 

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The interior is really the only thing they need to work on.

The next gen engines will take care of the power.

Just work on bringing up the quality of the inside and it's a win.
 

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Forgetting the nostalgia aspect for a minute, why would anyone want a split rear window? It hampers function, doesn't look very good on a modern design and is reminiscent of driving an Express or Astro Van. Hell, even the Astro Van eventually abandoned the split rear for the ugly dutch door to boost visibility.
Amen to that brother! I lost a semi in my Astro rearview mirror!!!
 

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Don't forget the actual buyer of this car, GM. Keep the knobs and buttons where it makes sense to a 55 year old about to splurge $50+ K. No Ford My Touch mistakes, please.
John Philips had a great column about that gadget happy feature in the latest C&D.
 

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Evolutionary = Snore

Not true. The current Corvette is very nice looking. The Wide-Body iterations (GS, Z06, ZR1) are absolutely stunning. The WB Corvettes can easily stand up to certain exotics from Italy IMO, and certainly look better than any Porsche currently in production.

Where the C6 falls short to the European sports/super-cars is the interior materials. But then one has to still realize that the Corvette also sells for literally 1/2 the cost of a comparable performance Ferrari.

I think anyone worrying about the Corvette not looking magnificent in C7 form, simply hasn't been paying attention to Corvette generational changes over the years, or better yet Chevy generational changes over the years. The possibility of Ed Welburn putting out an "ugly or boring" Corvette is out of the question. Looking at the almost exotic styling of the Camaro will tell you that.

I would love to see the Corvette come in 4 models after the change:


A Grand Sport Model with 580HP (essentially taking the place of the current Z06)

A Z06 Model with 580HP but a stripper, track ready model with no nav, no CUE style system, and a basic am/fm/xm/mp3/cd player. 300lbs lighter than the GS

A ZR1 with 680HP
 

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I don't know as I agree. The C6 was clearly an evolutionary C5, and I think it is a far more attractive car. The C5 always struck me as an ugly vehicle.
IMO: All of the Corvettes since the 1984 generation have just been homogenized variations of the 1968 model.

The 'vette needs a total design reinvention, similar in drastic measures as was done from the C1 to the C3. It's just become too much of a "safe" design.
 

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Corvette is clearly a broken brand. After many years of 30,000 plus production, the last couple years saw numbers under 15,000. How long can GM keep a plant open for those numbers, forget the separate engineering efforts, etc? GM needs to make a statement that will bring in new buyers as us old fogies die off. A C6 1/2 won't cut it. I know I won't bite.

As a long time Vette owner, I'm worried. Not only are the generations too far apart, the model year changes usually are nothing more than paint and decal engineering.
 

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With sales dropping, making this a C6 1/2 doesn't seem to make much sense. Don't look for folks to be trading in theirs for just an upgraded interior and some other doo-dads. I wouldn't.
I would still say c5 to c6 was an evolution. Yes the dimensions changed some but the car wasn't radically different. I expect more of the same type of change.
 

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This economic depression has hit the car industry especially hard, and peoples' 401Ks are hurting as well. When you don't feel good about your economic situation, you don't go buy a new Corvette, certainly not in the numbers when things are going good.
I'd guess without GM's bk we would have seen a new Corvette by now.
 

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Don't forget the actual buyer of this car, GM. Keep the knobs and buttons where it makes sense to a 55 year old about to splurge $50+ K. No Ford My Touch mistakes, please.
Yes, people in that age have the money to buy toy cars...

The interior is really the only thing they need to work on.

The next gen engines will take care of the power.

Just work on bringing up the quality of the inside and it's a win.
Do not forget ease of driving at the track.

Corvette is clearly a broken brand. After many years of 30,000 plus production, the last couple years saw numbers under 15,000. How long can GM keep a plant open for those numbers, forget the separate engineering efforts, etc? GM needs to make a statement that will bring in new buyers as us old fogies die off. A C6 1/2 won't cut it. I know I won't bite.

As a long time Vette owner, I'm worried. Not only are the generations too far apart, the model year changes usually are nothing more than paint and decal engineering.
If the corvette gets right hand drive, (KOREA,UK, JAPAN, INDIA, AUSTRALIA, MOST OF AFRICA Market) improves on driver-'bility' on the track, so that it does not take a pro to get the best out of if, fix the seats (Recaro's level) and improve gear shifts for the manual (Honda Prelude comes to mind) ... They should be fine..... The international market is where corvette needs to look for growth...

remember there is a lot of poor people like me waiting for the rich to sell the C6's...


Personally, I would like to see a smaller steering wheel, and a right hand drive and please please, an AWD variant....
 

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IMO: All of the Corvettes since the 1984 generation have just been homogenized variations of the 1968 model.

The 'vette needs a total design reinvention, similar in drastic measures as was done from the C1 to the C3. It's just become too much of a "safe" design.
I agree 1000% I am tired of the same old design in different variations. Its time for a new 21st century look. And while they are at it, get rid of that six foot wide flat rear end look.
 
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