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Rendered: 2013 Chevrolet Corvette (C7)

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There are all manner of rumors concerning the next-generation C7 Chevrolet Corvette, with stories ranging from the possibility of a mid-engined platform to AWD powertrains and even the arrival of a dual-clutch version. Although there isn’t much substance to any of these rumors, an inside source has revealed to MotorAuthority.com that the new car will arrive in time for the 2013 model year. This puts its likely release date sometime in late 2012.

While there have been reports that development on the C7 Corvette had been put on hold indefinitely due to GM’s critical financial situation, two top level executives have previously commented on the project, suggesting that it is ongoing. In fact, GM is drawing on a global design team to get the lines of the new 'Vette right, and there's even talk about the 440-horsepower, 5.5-liter V-8 version of the next-gen GM small block that may lie under the hood. Assuming the Corvette says front-engined and draws its inspiration from the Stingray Concept (we think both are very likely), these renderings give us a good idea of what to expect.

Previous Corvette vehicle-line executive Tom Wallace has stated that GM was working on a future Corvette and that some changes to the current model are coming soon. He also acknowledged that CAFE regulations will play a role in determining the layout and hardware of the next-generation Corvette but stressed that it won’t kill the car. Unfortunately, Wallace’s retirement last year has lessened the credibility of his comments.

However, Ed Welburn, GM's product design head, has also revealed that the next ‘Vette will get a split rear window along with some other vintage styling cues.

This computer generated rendering gives us a preview of a possible design direction GM could take for its next Corvette, suggesting that the 50th Anniversary Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept seen in the movie Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen could be the inspiration for the car. Some of the elements carried over from the concept include the egg-crate grille, vertical slat headlights, side vents, and the jet-fighter glasshouse.

On the rumor side of things, a smaller, forced induction engine--most likely a supercharger, like the one found on the CTS-V's LSA, not the ZR1's 638-horsepower LS9--is possible to help the car meet fuel economy targets. A dual-clutch gearbox has also been talked about, and would be the next logical step in keeping pace with the likes of Porsche's 911 and Nissan's GT-R.

Like the C6, which was an iterative development of the C5 before it, the C7 will likely be an incremental improvement and redesign of the already proven and fantastic Corvette platform. Don't expect anything radical, but do expect a seriously impressive performance package. The one caveat will be keeping an eye on price as more high-tech elements, materials and machinery get added to the car.

Expect to see more of the car in the coming year or two as Corvette engineers begin to roll out test mules and prototypes, and you can be sure MotorAuthority.com will be there to bring the latest all along the way.

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Comments (27)
  1. Man, I was hoping it would look better than that, it's ugly! The nose is too low and pointed, and the roof is too low to the rear wheels. Hopefully they change it up by the time it makes it to production.
     
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  2. I see a lil Ferrari in the nose, I am hoping that picture is not accurate though
     
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  3. I like the current one so much, it's still so fresh looking, I see no need to make big changes for quite some time.
    If GM is hurting, they shouldn't spend money changing a car that is already wildly popular...
     
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  4. yea the current model is a whole lot better looking than that!, if they really think they should change it i think they could go back a bit retro and re-do a model day stingray...
     
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  5. This car looks beautful, it has a great low profile that presents speed in the design. It finally looks the part of being a sports car and even maybe a supercar. If this is an accurate rendering of what it'll look like. Lamborghini's going to have some serious competition. Finally GM, putting our tax dollars to good work.
     
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  6. There are all manner of rumors concerning the next-generation C7 Chevrolet Corvette, with stories ranging from the possibility of a mid-engined platform to AWD power trains and even the arrival of a dual-clutch version There are all manner of rumors concerning the next-generation C7 Chevrolet Corvette, with stories ranging from the possibility of a mid-engined.
     
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  7. Good post, and while I like the current style, this is both fresh and has some Italian feel to it - which may lose a lot of the Corvette faithful.
    A great performer, but I would love to see a mid engine design to give Lotus a run for the money.
     
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  8. It is always interesting to see comments from folks that have no training or skill in design, criticizes a new design before they have actually seen it in person.
    Of course it's basic that any good new design should make ordinary folks uncomfortable at first. If it does not, it's not really a new design.
     
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  9. Sorry NC2000~ I don't need a degree in design to say that that is horrible. Thank god it's only a render
     
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  10. Well, whether you like it or not, i'm predicting most cars in the near future will look like this. (A new twist of surprise and proportions) Look at the new Acuras, Mazda 3-6, some Audis, and a couple BMWs and Mercedes. At first people will hate it, then they will get used to it. By the way NC200 is right it is an old design, change in proportions. That is it!!! Don't get too bent up on it.
     
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  11. Dan. It would be interesting to get your opinion of this design a year or so after it hits the streets. If you where being honest, I am confident you will then appreciate the overall design and like it better than the designs it replaced. This is very common and is the reason product design is best left to the professionals.
     
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  12. This is GM, which ultimately means that the production version will look nothing this rendering! Most likely will come out looking like an ugly version of the C6!
     
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  13. If this is in fact what the new vette looks like (although im sure its not) then I hope you are right. Although I dont have a formal design background I have been in the automotive industry for the past 8 years. I have actually left a certain company because of there design direction. Whether I am right or wrong I am definately opinionated when it comes to vehicle design and especially so when it comes to the design of a legend such as the corvette.
    BTW, I now work for Porsche. One of the reasons being that I know that I can count on there designers to not do something stupid.
     
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  14. Yeah, that rendition is pretty ugly. I hope they change it for production. The rear is too high. I do like that it looks like GM is (finally) bringing the Corvette fender humps back.
     
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  15. I love the design of this C7, looks like a ferrari from the outside.
     
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  16. Interesting picture, I like the C6 a lot. This retro thing gets is getting a little somehow bulky and big also unpractical (limited visibility in the new camaro). Make it lighter, lighter, more power of course maybe a turbocharged v8 for the Z06. Oh! all wheel drive that would be nice, if they sacrifice visibility for style cameras and lcd screens instead of mirrors would be really cool. I love corvettes, i'm glad chevy is doing a little better now and I m not going to lie, I am glad toyota is getting screwed with their sticky gas pedals and ugly cars.
     
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  17. Interesting how this looks like the transformers Corvette now. Still keeping that same design.
     
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  18. Neil is right! take a look at the movie Transformers Revenge of the Fallen and this C7 "Concept" is in it. Its even moving! no need for rendered images and "hmmmm". Plus this IS a "concept" which means the front bumper will 90% be totally different. take a look at the LF-A concept vs. the production? they screwed that up big time. if this C7 concept makes production.. we have a winna!
     
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  19. I think it is somewhat close but full production version will need a more definite head and tail light treatment, also Chevy might keep the sting-ray inspired twin bubble-back glass.
     
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  20. Sorry, if I offend anyone, but this thing is ugly. Looks like someone went back to a 1969 sci fi movie and pulled out a goofy car that people thought was going to be so cool in the year 2050. I was right about the Aztec and a lot of other horrible GM designs in the last 15 years and I'm right about this one. I hope GM surveys about 100 men between the ages of 40 and 55 and gets their opinions. It would save them a bunch of money.
     
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  21. Another view point: Why not do a 1962 retro model with all the latest in technology underneath. Sure, you can freshen the style a bit, as with the camero, but the 1960's design is simple and classic. No, it won't be the most aerodynamic, or the fastest, or whatever. But Chevy would sell a ton of them and so many owners would drive around the biggest grins on their faces, not too mention the millions Chevy would rake in. A win win as far as I am concerned and a no brainer....
     
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  22. I like the new look
     
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  23. I love the look of that rendering. Hot! I'd seriously consider buying that. If they do release a dual clutch, for God sake also give us a manual (listening gtr?!). Also, please program the fun back into it.. the c6 is too soft, too refined.
    -c5z06 owner
     
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  24. Built it just the way that it looks in the movie Transformers. I will buy it. It looks stunning, fast, powerful, cool, retro yet modern. Improve the seats, and the interior material, and the car will finally be the best sport cars regardless of how much is worth.
     
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  25. I have been waiting all my life for a car like this. This vette is futuristic looking and is awesome looking with all of the years of American refinement. Congratulations to GM, if they can pull this off. I am going to hold on to my money and buy one as soon as it hits the streets next year (hopefully). If they relent, I guess I will just have to buy a Porsche.
     
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  26. AWD? Dual Clutch gearbox? no thanks. if i wanted to drive a european car then i would. rwd and a proper manual gearbox are exactly what i like about american cars
     
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  27. Please, God. Tell me this ATROCIOUS lookin'...... "thing"...... IS NOT GONNA BE THE NEXT CORVETTE. Don't do this to me! Don't do this to the Corvette. Don't do this to our Interstate network. Don't do this to the planet Earth. Don't do this to our Solar System. Don't do this to the Milky Way Galaxy. Don't do this to the Universe. Just... DON'T DO IT. Thank you.
     
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