2013 Chevrolet C7 Corvette preview rendering
There’s so much conjecture as to what will feature in the next-generation ‘C7’ Chevrolet Corvette that anything that crops up on the radar these days should certainly be taken with a grain of salt. We’ve heard everything from mid-engine platforms, dual clutch transmissions and even all-wheel drive configurations, and while most, if not all, of these outcomes are unlikely to prove true, there are some things that we can confirm.
What we do know is that the C7 will now arrive two model years after the current 2012 Chevrolet Corvette, meaning it will be a 2014 model and should be available in the second half of the 2013 calendar year. We got that confirmation following GM’s announcement of a $131 million investment in the Corvette plant at Bowling Green, Kentucky, along with comments from GM’s North American boss Mark Reuss who stated that the car will be "completely different".
We now have some new information in regards to the future car’s powertrain, said to be revealed by ‘senior GM sources’.
According to Autocar, the next ‘Vette will feature a high-rev 3.0-liter V-8 engine, which thanks to a twin-turbocharging system could develop as much as 400 horsepower. The source also revealed that the rev band could stretch as high as 10,000 rpm, giving exotic brands like Ferrari and Porsche a run for their money.
Such a power figure would make this rumored engine the base option, with traditional big V-8s set to remain as the engines of choice for high-end models like the Z06 and ZR1 supercars.
Importantly, this newly-developed engine wouldn’t be a Corvette exclusive, as Cadillac is also reported to be a likely recipient.
Note that the idea of a ‘downsized’ engine in the C7 Corvette is not entirely new. We ourselves reported that the car could feature a 5.5-liter version of GM’s next-generation small-block V-8 family, complete with a 440 horsepower output, direct fuel injection technology and E85 capability.