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New Details Emerge On The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette


Despite rumors to the contrary, it’s now beginning to appear like the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) will simply be an evolutionary step from the current C6, both in terms of styling and engineering. Perhaps that’s a good thing, since GM knows it can’t radically change the American icon that’s served as a halo car for Chevrolet for over five decades.

According to GM Inside News (GMI), the next Corvette will bear a more “European looking” design, but without significant restyling from the current C6 model. If GMI is correct, reports of a split-window rear design (as seen on GM’s Stingray concept) are incorrect, and the C7 will carry on with the same rear-window styling as current C6 models.

Furthermore, despite rumors of a fuel-saving 5.5-liter V-8 base engine in the C7, GMI maintains that the car will soldier on with a 6.2-liter V-8, and will be offered with a seven-speed manual transmission.

Perhaps the biggest changes will come in the interior, since GM is tired of hearing complaints about the Corvette’s cheap interior feel. All C7 Corvette models are said to get an interior that emphasizes higher quality materials, as well as featuring an infotainment display in the center stack with a redundant display in the gauge cluster.

The new Corvette won’t likely receive a capacitive touch console as shown in the Stingray concept and implemented in the Cadillac CUE system. Expect more conventional controls, albeit with better perceived quality than current version cars.

The C7 Corvette should launch in mid-2013 as a 2014 model, which means one thing: the rumors about the car’s design are a long ways from done.

Pictured above is a test-mule for the upcoming 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, with the new model's running gear hidden beneath the body of a current C6. For more details, click here.
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  1. Maybe GM will finally replace the Corvette's infamous seats... finally? Maybe?
     
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  2. @Julian, they've taken a lot of flak for the overall quality of the Corvette's interior, so I'd expect to see improvements in all areas.
     
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  3. I expected variable valve timing, direct injection, and the large displacement to remain, why?
    Simple, come up with a 5.5 litre engine and you are way too close to the Mustang's Coyote powerplant. But, now you are a 'Johnny come lately'. Remember, by the time the new Corvette is released, the Mustang will have upgraded to direct injection, and possibly more displacement.
    Bout not having the split window.....
    Great!!! A split window might look good, but functions poorly. For example, look out a van with split windows, the visibility is highly decreased.
    Stick with the aluminum subframe, carbon fiber fenders, a taller 7th gear....
    An American supercar at a bargain price with 35 MPG!
    The new Vette is actually a gas saver!
    Kerry
     
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  4. Wow, the C7 looks like the GrandSport C6. I honestly don't feel like I made a bad decision getting a C6 before a C7. Think I'll be waiting for the C8 now.
     
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  5. @Gabriel, don't foucus too much on the body style in the spy shots - I'm sure the 2014 Corvette will look quite a bit different than the test mule shown here.
     
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  6. Um, Gabriel..did you read the whole article? It says that this is a test mule disguised in a C6 body.
     
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