The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the C7 generation for the hallowed `Vette. In its standard format, it includes an all-new 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine that wallops pavement with 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. The Corvette Stingray debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. It features a lightweight body and frame that makes the car stiffer, faster and better handling. Additionally, the Stingray is now the most powerful base-model Corvette ever offered.
At the end of November, the seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette made its virtual debut inside the famous Gran Turismo 5 racing game. Today, Clay Dean, Global Director of Advanced Design, discusses how the Corvette C7 Prototype made it into PlayStation’s Gran Turismo and how video game fans helped in developing new Chevrolet products.
Dean explains that while developing this virtual prototype, designers from Chevy and Polyphony Digital paid attention to even the tiniest details and tried to replicate the real car by as much as possible. The only thing we do not like is the fact that the Corvette is being heavily camouflaged, so we can’t make an idea on how the next sports car will look like.
But luckily. full details on the Corvette C7 will be unveiled on January 13th, 2013 and we will learn everything there is to know at that point. Stay tuned!
Earlier today we saw the third official teaser video for the C7 Corvette and now it’s time for another inside look at the next sports car, thanks to a few leaked images. This new illustrated image, which is obviously taken from the 2014 GM service manual, offers a good look at the car’s front end and a good glimpse of its front brakes.
As you can see our previous suspicions are confirmed, as the front will get a more pronounced hood scoop and larger headlamps. The suspension image reveals that the C7 Corvette will get slotted front disc brakes with what appears to be two-piece composite rotors, which help keep the brakes cooler and reduce brake fade.
We already know that the C7 Corvette will be powered by a new LT1 Gen V engine, which pumps out at least 450 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 450 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. This represents a minimum of a 20-horsepower increase over the previous 6.2-liter V-8. Additionally, Chevrolet hopes to deliver a fuel economy of 26 mpg from the 2014 `Vette.
Full details on the C7 Corvette will be unveiled on January 13, 2013 so stay tuned!
Thanks to Chris Doane and his sleuth-like photography for digging up these images.
Over the past six generations, the boys at GM have given the exterior design of the Corvette
Over the past six generations, the boys at GM have given the exterior design of the Corvette more preference over the interior design and build quality. This theory explains the bland interior and average build quality inside the Chevy Corvette.
With the C7 Chevrolet Corvette though, that’s about to change. At least that’s what GM’s latest teaser video alludes to.
Chevrolet has finally realized that just by focusing on the exterior and powertrain is not enough to take down its emerging European rivals. The interior will be a point of focus for the development of the 2014 `Vette, a department ignored by GM when rivals like Porsche and Audi invest greatly on it.
Chevrolet has displayed proof of its change in a new teaser video of the much anticipated C7 Corvette called "Craft".
This teaser shows us that one of the focal points of the next-gen `Vette is the usage of higher-quality leather upholstery, carbon-fiber accents, softer materials and contrast stitching. With this aspect, the owners will find touching the interior and buttons, something to look forward to.
With a promising exterior design, performance and, now a revamped interior, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette may have the chance to give its European competitors a run for their money. Who knows? It can obliterate them as well. Here’s to hoping...
A while ago a heavily camouflaged Chevrolet Corvette C7 was spotted in Gran Turismo 5 and everyone imagined that the car will be making its virtual debut earlier than the real-world one. Today, Chevrolet and Sony have confirmed that Gran Turismo 5 players can indeed enjoy a first-of-its-kind driving experience of a camouflaged Corvette C7 prototype.
While developing this virtual prototype, designers from Chevy and Polyphony Digital paid attention to even the tiniest details and tried to replicate the real car by as much as possible. Unfortunately, they opted for a soft camouflage to keep the car’s design a secret until its world debut in January. You didn’t really think they would unveil the car in a video game, did you?
"Until now, only the most skilled drivers on the Corvette team have been authorized to push the test prototypes to the limits on some of the most challenging track surfaces in the world," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Global Marketing. "Through this unique collaboration with Gran Turismo, Chevrolet is able, for the first time, to give performance car enthusiasts access to such an exclusive driving experience."
Check out the above video to see the digital version of the C7 Corvette draped in its camo livery!
On November 15, Chevrolet unveiled the first official teaser for the seventh generation Corvette and, as promised, the second teaser has just arrived. While the first teaser was called "Conception," the second one is called "Calibration" and comes in the same day with the car’s official debut in Gran Turismo 5.
This second video presents the car’s road testing and offers a glimpse to the car’s instrumentation and the driver information system. They all seem to be perfectly designed for a sports car like the Corvette.
We have to admit we kind of like the message of this second video: "Roads will surrender!" We’ll find out in January whether the roads truly do “surrender” to the C7 `Vette or not.
Until then, check out the latest video above and stay tuned for more teasers. The next one drops on December 17, 2012 and we’ll bring it to you the second we get our hands on it.
Yeah, this is not the first trailer that Chevrolet has unveiled for the upcoming C7 Corvette, but it is the first one that actually says something about the car. It tells about the design philosophy behind the new generation Corvette and reveals the early design prototypes, which do not look bad at all!
Kirk Bennion, exterior design manager of the C7, had this to say about the C7’s design process: "Performance cars are all about form follows function. But I would say: beautiful form follows performance driven function. Every line, every vent, every millimeter performs!"
According to Chevrolet, the 2014 Corvette exterior was sculpted for optimal aerodynamic performance. Judging by the images of the early design prototypes, we believe that the Corvette C7 will be indeed a car with amazing aerodynamics.
Stay tuned, the next trailer will be released on November 29th!
The seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette has been officially confirmed to make its world debut on January 13, 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show. Until then, Chevrolet has promised to tease us with some images and videos each week.
It’s now time for a new teaser image! Unfortunately, the image reveals almost nothing, but at least we know the car is on its way. The image, which Chevy released via Twitter, shows the Corvette hidden beneath a car cover, leaving way too much to the imagination.
As you probably have learned by now, the C7 Corvette will be powered by a new 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine that will deliver a total of 450 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 450 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm — an increase of 20 horsepower and 26 pound-feet of torque over the current V-8 engine.
In other C7 Corvette news, everyone expected the new Corvette to be offered with GM’s new 8A eight-speed automatic transmission. However, MotorTrend is reporting that GM will not finish developing the new transmission by the car’s official debut in Detroit, so initially the C7 Corvette will be offered with an Aisin eight-speed transmission. Apparently, the two companies have signed a a short-term agreement and as a result, GM’s rear-drive models — the ATS and the next CTS — will be offered with the Aisin transmission for about one year.
It’s not exactly dropping its full covers to show us what it looks like well before its highly anticipated world debut, but the mere fact that the Chevrolet Corvette C7 is already inside Gran Turismo 5 makes the wait and anticipation that much more intriguing.
To be clear, the Corvette C7 that was spotted in Gran Turismo 5 was still in full camouflage, providing very little in the way of sneak peeks to make us wonder what’s underneath those covers.
The video comes courtesy of YouTube user "1320edwinpr" who found a way to discover the much talked about Corvette C7 inside Gran Turismo. It doesn’t appear like the car is already playable, and that’s not surprising at all because the Corvette C7 won’t make its world debut until the Detroit Auto Show on January 13, 2013.
That being said, it’s pretty cool to see that despite still being kept under wraps in this world, the video game world of Gran Turismo 5 is doing a finer job with all the teasing.
Chevrolet has just announced the information on the 2014 Corvette’s all-new engine. This new powerplant is a 6.2-liter V-8 --- not the 5.5-liter that everyone was thinking – and it boasts loads of technical goodies that make it better than any engine the mighty `Vette has ever had.
Allow us to introduce you to the all-new LT1 Gen V engine, which pumps out an impressive 450 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 450 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm – that’s a 20-horsepower and 26 pound-feet increase over the outgoing 6.2-liter. One thing that GM did not change up is the fact that the LT1 Gen V engine will retain the OHV and cam-in-block configuration that the small block engines before it did. Yeah, we know, a little dated, but if it works for GM’s engineers then so be it.
Hit the jump for a detailed analysis of the new Chevrolet LT1 V8 engine for the Corvette C7.
Just a few days ago, Chevrolet confirmed that the seventh generation Corvette will be making its world debut on January 13th, 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show. Since there is still a long wait from now until then, the company has begun their series of teasers for the future sports car.
As you know, Chevrolet has placed an official countdown online for the next C7 Corvette that will apparently provide new details on the car every week. Today, they have prepared the first teaser video that, unfortunately, does not reveal that many details on the next Corvette. Then again, it was the first one so we really shouldn’t be all that surprised by it.
What we do know for sure about the next Corvette is that it will utilize a new Crossed Flags logo and that it has been described as a "world-challenging sports car with design, refinement, efficiency and driver engagement that is second to none."