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2014 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) To Offer Better Feedback And Quality From New Platform

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It seems like every month new revelations concerning the next-generation ‘C7’ Chevrolet Corvette surface, mostly conjecture generated by fans on forums or other random sources but sometimes official spiel from within GM. 

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".

Another tidbit revealed from GM design boss Ed Welburn is that the new ‘Vette will get a split rear window along with some other vintage styling cues inspired by the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray and previewed on the 50th Anniversary Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept.

Other than that, everything we’ve heard about the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette is largely a matter of speculation.

Corvette Stingray Concept split rear window

Corvette Stingray Concept split rear window



The newest info comes by way of a report on Motor Trend, which suggests that the new car will remain front-engined and rear-wheel drive, will retain a simple naturally aspirated engine in base trim and will debut with a brand new platform.

GM is reportedly happy with the way the current C6 model drives--and we wholeheartedly agree--but apparently engineers are keen to improve the level of driver feedback, allowing even novice drivers to get more out of the car when at track meets.

The overall dimensions of the car should remain the same, though increased weight saving measures should be employed, including the greater use of lightweight composite materials in its construction.

Finally, engineers are also said to be focused on improving the quality of the interior, which is completely understandable. The target is reportedly to make the cabin feel like its worthy of cars with $100,000 pricetags, with better layout, fit and finish and material choices all being examined closely.

For our complete coverage on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette so far, click here.

[Motor Trend]
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  1. This is not the first time an article about the new C7 comes out in this forum and the common factors of all comments are two: 1. Change the looks, and 2. Switch to a central engine platform. All of the above are also "feedback" GM should have in consideration about the new design of one of the best sports cars nowadays.
     
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  2. The front end needs to come to a point by dropping the roof down into the grill or reshaping the grill to not be so squared off. Great profile. Rear visibility is more important then split window!
     
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  3. Looking forward to the new vet. GM just don't make it too Batman-ish (almost cartoon like). The central engine, sure, great idea, but only if the price does not skyrocket.
     
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  4. Um... This "article" fails. The Corvette is not front-engine. It's mid-engine with the driver behind the motor. More importantly, how can the next Corvette be "completely different" when it takes retro design cues from older Corvettes. Wouldn't that be "Not totally different, but it's not going to be a C6"? Sorry, but if you're going to post this kind of stuff, be more objective in what you're hearing. As for the rest, I'm unsure that the split window design will actually get the green light. I certainly hope it doesn't. It was a dumb idea then, and it's even more stupid now. Of all things, you'd ADD a blind spot? Aren't cars getting harder to see out of as it is?

    Sorry, but the C6 may be were I stop if GM goes with retro crap like that.
     
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