Mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette C8 caught testing at Nurburgring
Chevy Just Got Caught Racing a Mid-Engined Corvette Race Car!
Just when it seemed like Chevrolet’s mid-engine Corvette was enough to make our knees weak in excitement, a report from Sportscar365 reveals that the American automaker is also developing a race car version of the mid-engine powerhouse. The race-dedicated website was able to get its hands on spy photos of a heavily camouflaged car that’s believed to be the mid-engine C8 Corvette race car. The photos were taken at Road America in Atlanta, which suggests that the car was doing some test runs in its natural habitat.
The Chevy Corvette ZR1 Spotted with Less Camo; Proves Porsche and Ferrari Should Worry
It’s been a few months since we’ve seen the upcoming Corvette ZR1 out testing, with the last outing taking place on the Nurburgring in mid-April. The trail has since gone cold, but all that changed earlier this week when it was caught filling up with that sweet liquid gold we call gasoline. Even better yet, the prototype that was spotted is also half naked, giving us the best look at the coupe so far. Naturally, the entire front end and a small portion of the rear is still wrapped in the psychedelic camo that we all love to hate, but the lack of camo in the middle shows us that the ZR1 will, indeed, have the same rear quarters, roof, and doors found on the Stingray, Z06, and Grand Sport.
So far, there’s not a lot we know about the ZR1. It’s pretty much certain that the V-8 under the hood will be force fed, but whether or not that happens via a supercharger or a pair of twin turbos is still up in the air. We’re also not sure what it will deliver in terms of power, but with the Z06 cranking out some 650 ponies and the last-gen ZR1 making 638 ponies, we’re expecting no less than 700 horsepower out of the gate if not a little more. It should be able to tackle the 60-mph sprint in less than three seconds and will top out at more than 200 mph if you’ve got the balls to push it that hard. And, it’s about time that a C7-gen ZR1 makes its debut – the typical wait time for the ZR1 trim is about three to four years after the generation was introduced and 2018 will be the fourth year for the C7. So, we should be looking at a mid-2018 model or 2019 model at the latest. What can we spot in these new spy shots? Well, I’m glad you asked. Let’s take a better look real quick.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1
Since Zora Arkus Duntov joined the Corvette team and crammed a V-8 into America’s sports car in 1955, the Belgian-born engineer chased ever more interesting and dynamic ways of making the little two-door go faster than anything else on the road. Zora was obsessed with speed and performance. Aside from setting a production car record up Pikes Peak in a Corvette, taking a standing-mile record at Daytona and starting the Grand Sport racing program, Zora consistently worked on mid-engined prototypes of Corvettes during his career. Despite having a mid-engined prototype of some form for almost every generation of the Corvette, there has never been a production car wearing the legendary Crossed Flags and carrying the engine behind the driver. That all looks to change in 2019 with the long-rumored Corvette Zora ZR1.
This new car is said to use the Zora name to make it a separate model from the current Corvette family, and when it debuts, it will be unveiled as an eighth-generation (C8) car. To create this new and exciting performance machine, Corvette engineers are expected to create a new aluminum chassis for mid-ship duty and fit the car with an uprated version of the supercharged V-8 found in the Corvette Z06. or also build a brand-new mill. The Zora is expected to carry a price of more than $100k, horsepower ratings in excess of 600 ponies, and return a top speed well above 200 mph. General Motors is no longer building a bargain performance monster. The new Zora will be a purebred supercar; full stop. Ferrari and Lamborghini, you have been put on notice.
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Is This Mysterious Chevrolet Camaro the Next Z/28?
It’s been just a week since Chevrolet launched the incredibly fast and aerodynamic ZL1 1LE, described as the "ultimate track-day Camaro," and it seems that GM is already testing a new performance version of the muscle car. Our paparazzi just stumbled across a heavily camouflaged prototype and there’s a big chance we’re looking at the next-generation Camaro Z/28.
Chevy is really mysterious about this test car and was very quick to cover the vehicle according to our spy photographers, who only had a few seconds to shoot it. The photos reveal what appears to be a current-generation Camaro with rather awkward camouflage attached to its front fascia. The nose is significantly different than a standard Camaro, but it’s difficult to tell whether the swirly wrap hides a redesigned shell or some extra bits of camo added to hide actual modifications of the grille and engine hood. And while the bumper seems pretty aggressive, the rear end and the sides are very similar to a standard Camaro SS.
So why do I think this is the new Z/28?
Well, it’s pretty simple. With both the ZL1 and ZL1 1LE already launched, there’s isn’t much Chevy could be working on right now. Granted, GM is probably already pondering changes for the mid-cycle facelift, but it’s way too early to have this car on public roads given that it won’t break cover until 2019. This pretty much leaves the Z/28 as the only logical option.
Now you’re probably going to say that it’s not as aggressive as a Z/28 should be, missing a rear wing and beefed-up arches and side skirt, and you’d be right to point that out. But, it’s important to note that this is probably an early prototype that has yet to receive its aero kit. We should see some of it in a few months. For now, all we know is the Z/28 is rumored to arrive sometime in 2018 with a high-revving, naturally aspirated engine good for at least 700 horsepower.
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Could Chevy Bring Back the Blazer?
It appears Chevrolet is preparing a mid-size crossover based on General Motors’ new C1XX, or “Chi” platform. Spy shots of the vehicles were recently captured, pouring fuel on rumors of the Blazer nameplate returning to Chevy’s lineup. Could we really see a Chevy Blazer and Ford Bronco matchup by the decade’s end?
The photos come by way of Automotive News, whose photographer caught a test mule roaming the streets of Michigan. The three-row crossover will be a corporate cousin to the new 2017 GMC Acadia and slot between the upcoming 2018 Chevy Equinox and full-size Traverse.
This would give Chevy a huge boost in crossover offerings, allowing it to strongly compete in the exploding crossover and SUV market. With the Blazer in place, Chevy would have six vehicles in the category. The upcoming Blazer also answers questions on why Chevrolet decided to downsize the Equinox for 2018.
As for the test mule itself, it clearly shares its platform with the Acadia. This is most evident in the lower portion of the body, with the fuel tank skid plate hanging below the unibody chassis, the area between the rear door and wheel well, and the rear lower rear bumper area. Each is all nearly identical to the 2017 Acadia.
As for its Chevy trimmings, the grille features horizontal chrome slats like the Traverse, the LED headlights look similar to the 2018 Equinox, and the rear tailgate has chrome trim just above the license plate. Dual exhaust tips give the crossover a sporty flair.
The Blazer is expected to debut sometime in 2017, perhaps at the Detroit Auto Show, ahead of its 2018 release. And like its size, Its price will slot between the Equinox and the Traverse.
So will Chevrolet bring the Blazer back for a fight with the upcoming Ford Bronco? Keep reading for more.
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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Will Get Camaro Z/28’s Trick Shocks
Spy photographers just nabbed telling shots of the upcoming Chevrolet Colorado ZR2’s suspension. This off-road oriented midsize pickup appears to be testing dynamic spool valve dampers, a high-performance shock absorber normally reserved for high-end supercars with track-focused suspensions. In fact, the last General Motors vehicle to use spool valve dampers was the fifth-generation Camaro Z/28. The Aston Martin One-77 also rides on spool valves.
Unlike the Ford F-150 Raptor with its external bypass shocks from Fox Racing, the Colorado ZR2’s spool valve dampers make use of a design that alleviates nearly all heat build-up, making the shock run cooler no matter what terrain it encounters. This makes the shock’s behavior very predictable, whether it’s been driven one mile or 100 miles.
The damper is also precisely controllable, allowing engineers to dial in exactly the amount of compression and rebound the shock exerts. Likewise, both the compression and rebound stokes can be dialed in separately, allowing the shock to behave differently depending on which direction the internal piston, or spool, is moving.
This allows GM to spec thicker coil springs within the MacPherson struck design on the front suspension. Despite the springs’ size, the truck should drive rather smoothly on normal pavement. Out back, the Colorado’s traditional leaf springs are matched with spool valve dampers placed on opposing sides of the solid axle.
It’s clear GM is still deep in the developmental stages with the Colorado ZR2, but we do expect the truck to break cover in the coming months. Out bet is on the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit come January. The truck will then likely go on sale come the fall of 2017 as a 2018 model. Pricing will surely come at a premium over the standard Colorado, but expect it to drastically undercut the F-150 Raptor’s pricing, making it more affordable.
For the full gallery of photos taken by the spy photographer, check out Autoblog’s coverage here. For more information and speculation of the Colorado ZR2, click “Continue Reading.”
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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Spied in the Desert!
The clatter and hubbub surrounding the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 off-road pickup has died down since Chevy debuted a concept of the pickup at 2014 LA Auto Show. However, it seems the noise is about to pick up. Our friends over at TruckTrend just spotted this camouflaged Colorado running around the desert. The truck appears to have a suspension lift and a more aggressive front end. Mud terrain tires and fender flairs closing resembling those on the ZR2 concept are clearly seen.
So is this the Colorado ZR2? There’s no way to be completely sure.
Still, the Colorado is well past its introductory phase and it’s likely GM is ready to inject some life back in to the pickup. A purpose-built off-roader would certainly put GM on better ground with customers considering a Ford Raptor, Ram 1500 Rebel, or one of the Toyota TRD Pro products.
Through the camo we can see this test mule is missing the built-in recovery winch that made headlines in 2014. It’s very possible the winch won’t make production, but we’re hoping it was simply left off this truck. Perhaps it will be an option. Also not present is the pre-runner style rear bumper and rocker panel guards.
One thing not missing is ground clearance. Just look at the air under this Colorado! There’s also no low-hanging air dam just begging to be ripped off. Underneath, skid plating and beefy control arms are easily spotted.
GM will likely offer both the 3.6-liter gasoline V-6 and 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel as engine options. In either case, expect the current six-speed automatic to handle shifting duties. Then again, if GM is really serious about making the ZR2 a Raptor fighter, the new 10-speed automatic could make its appearance. We’d also love to see GM shoehorn the 5.3-liter V-8 into the ZR2. You know, for a little something extra. We seriously doubt GM would be that adventurous, though. Regardless, 4WD should come as standard equipment with the ZR2, making it a formidable truck off the beaten path.
If GM green lights the project, we’d expect the Colorado ZR2 to debut sometime before the end of 2016 as a 2017 model. The ZR2 would be the range-topping model for the Colorado, with prices reflecting that accordingly.
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2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
The Z/28 nameplate was revived in 2013 for the fifth-generation Camaro. The iconic name returned after 46 years as a track-ready version of the road-going coupe, just like it was originally conceived by Vince Piggins. It also received a big, naturally aspirated V-8 and, even though it wasn’t as powerful as the ZL1, it had a 7:37-minute Nurburgring lap to brag about, being quicker than its supercharged siblings, the Porsche 911 Carerra S, and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.
A hit with Chevy gearheads in its first months on the market, the Z/28 sold out quickly despite its $75,000 sticker. However, things didn’t go as expected in 2015, with GM eventually offering discounts of up to $4,000 for the performance coupe. With a brand-new Camaro in dealerships since late 2015, Chevrolet is now working on a third-generation Z/28. There is no specific timeline for the redesigned model, but chances are it will be unveiled by mid-2017. Until that happens, we decided to put together a speculative review to go with the cool rendering our artist just created.
Keep reading to find out what the next Camaro Z/28 might bring to the table and stay tuned for details.
Updated 05/18/2016: Based on the recent spy shots, we decided to make some improvements to our rendering. Check it out and let us know what do you think about it, and also if you think the Z/28 will be indeed that wild.
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It’s no secret that General Motors has been working on a update for the hot selling Chevrolet Cruze. We’ve seen spy shots of camo-covered Cruzes before, but none have been so revealing as these.
Looking past the digital zebra print, it’s apparent the 2015 makeover will be fairly extensive. The windshield is more steeply raked, while the rear roof section gets a more coupe-like fall towards the C-pillars. The front fascia is much lower and pointed than before with a more aggressive stance. The larger, reshaped grille starts a belt line that runs over the headlights, through the finders, and circles around to the rear taillights. The exterior door handles have been repositioned further up, integrating within the belt line.
Out back, reworked taillights look more detailed, while the third brake light is been moved to the trunk lid in the from of an LED light bar. The rear fascia is more detailed as well with a black, non-functional spoiler at its base.
The interior of the 2015 Cruze is said to be much more upmarket with a new, large touchscreen and revamped multifunction steering wheel. Stitching and chrome accents abound on the instrument panel and then carry throughout the cabin. Also visible is an “Eco Mode” button, a voice command button, and a lane-departure activation switch. Park assist looks to be among the switchgear as well.
Unfortunately for U.S. buyers, the Cruze will likely go on sale in other countries a few months before production ramps up within the two U.S. plants. General Motor rolled out the current Cruze in the same manner in order to deplete dealer inventory of older models the Cruze was replacing.
Transformers 4 is deep in filming major action sequences all over the world this year, with director Michael Bay’s latest tweets from Hong Kong proof enough to love or hate this guy.
As an effects and brand integration expert, Mr. Bay’s Transformers films have a huge fan base all over the world. Since 2007, these movies are directly attributed to more than $400 billion in total attributed revenue from ticket sales at the movie theaters, but also for all the products Mr. Bay integrates into his films.
Product placement is so irritating some times. More so than even Mr. Bay himself, at times, which is a big achievement.
When the brand integration is forced, it ruins the plot’s authentic feel. Seeing a Nokia or Sony smartphone in any music video since 2000 is a good example of bad product placement.
Good product placement means writing the brands into the plot of the movie from before day one.
Chevrolet has been a generous partner for the Transformers films, both footing the bill for a new fleet of Autobots for each film and also marketing the movies pretty aggressively with its own dollars.
The reason for this is simple: full-length action films have a global and multilingual reach far beyond any 30-second television commercial.
Oh, and could our new car be the Star of the film? The 2007 Transformers film debuted the Camaro before it was on sale, and since then has shown interesting concepts for what ultimately became the 2014 Corvette Stingray.
These movie cars take the ’pulse’ of GM’s styling departments by letting them create without production feasibility or engineering limits. They are, in short, the best concept cars Chevrolet makes.
So feast your eyes on the nearly 20 high-resolution pictures snapped by Ron Alder Photography in Hong Kong this week.
Click past the jump for real-life images of the Camaro BumbleBee concept that is featured in Transformers 4, arriving in theaters in June 2014.
This isn’t the first time we’ve caught the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze out testing, but this is the first time that we managed to snop off a few pictures of its interior. Though the shots of the Cruze’s interior are not complete, we still have to say that we like what we’re looking at so far.
As revealed by these spy shots, it looks like the 2015 Cruze will get a new, large touchscreen, a new multi-function steering wheel, a stitched dash and plenty of chrome accents throughout the cabin. It looks like the Cruze will also feature an additional "Eco" mode, and will come equipped with park-assist sensors, a voice-recognition system and possibly a lane-departure warning system.
GM will build the 2015 Cruze — codenamed "D2SC" — on its new Delta chassis that it will share with several other cars, including the next Volt, Equinox and Opel Astra. We know very little else about the new Cruze up to this point, but we do expect it to get a lineup of improved engines that will focus on reducing fuel consumption.
For the U.S. market, the 2015 Cruze will go into production in late 2014 at the Lordstown assembly plant.
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At the 2013 New York Auto Show, Chevrolet decided to bring the "Z/28" badge back to its lineup. With this announcement came the sneaking suspicion that Chevy is preparing a convertible version to go along with the recently announced coupe.
The new Camaro Z/28 Convertible, if it ever hits the market, will offer the same design language as the coupe version, except for the soft-top roof that will make it even more fun to drive on those hot, summer days.
While Chevrolet decides whether it will offer a Camaro Z/28 convertible or not, we put together a nice rendering to help give you an idea of what the convertible model would look like.
We anticipate a convertible variant of the Z/28 to be unveiled sometime in late 2013 or early 2014 as a 2015 model. We’ll keep a close eye out for any details alluding to Chevy launching this model.
Hit the jump to learn a few more details on the Z/28.
After a small facelift that we saw at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, General Motors has already started to work on the next generation Opel Antara amd Chevrolet Captiva. Our spy photographers have caught the first mule out for a testing session, and even though the company tried to hide it under this chopped up Chevrolet Orlando, it is clear that it’s something completely different.
The new-generation Antara/Captiva will be built on a new platform, called D2XX, which will also be used for the new Chevrolet Cruze that will arrive in 2014.
Ok, so what makes us believe this is not a real Orlando? First, this prototype is offered with a four-wheel-drive system, which is not available on the Orlando, and there are also twin exhaust pipes. The wheelbase is slightly shorter than the standard Orlando and the front end is also chopped up to make room for the new engine and cooling system.
Of course, when it comes to exterior design, the next-generation SUVs will have nothing in common with the Orlando seen here. Rumors suggest it will borrow something from the recently announced Opel Mokka.
Expect the new Antara/Captiva to be unveiled sometime in 2015.
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Okay folks, you have already seen our rendering of the C7 Corvette’s front end. Unfortunately, we anticipate the front end to only have relatively minor alterations when compared to the C6 generation, but the backside… that’s a different story, as it is completely new. And our crack rendering team has pieced together a stunning image displaying this nipped and tucked rump.
This new backend, as seen in the leaked images from a GM training manual or possibly the 2014 Corvette owner’s manual, shows off Chevy’s no-fear approach as it has eliminated the circular quad-taillight setup that has been a part of the `Vette forever and opted for a square setup that is more like the Camaro’s setup. The rear windshield is no longer a monstrous hunk of curved glass, but rather a tapered panel flanked by aggressive-looking ridges that follow it to a nicely placed high-mount stop light.
The rear-quarter glass flows perfectly with the revised shape of the `Vette and is cuts off abruptly as you reach the rear hatch. This abruptness would typically be an eyesore, but the sexiness that oozes from that new hatch easily makes up for the quick cutoff on of the glass.
The rear diffusor is something of beauty. According to the leaked images, as it features a pair of vertical fins on the outer edges and still houses a quad tailpipe setup in the center. Between these vertical fins is where we image all of the “magic” happens, as we anticipate some aggressive spoilers under there to pull the Corvette’s backside to the ground.
In all, we are simply amazed at what we are seeing of the C7 Corvette’s rear end. We certainly hope that these leaked images are accurate, because they are flat out awesome!
Image Note: the attached image is TopSpeed’s rendering of what we think the 2014 Corvette will look like. It is not an official or leaked image from GM.
We hope Santa brought you everything that you wanted this year. Just in case he didn’t, we have prepared some surprises for you: a TopSpeed rendering of the upcoming Corvette C7 along with newly leaked drawings of the upcoming `Vette. While the previously leaked images revealed the front clip and brake system, the new ones reveal part of the rear and the interior of the next-gen Corvette.
Revealed in these leaked images is the car’s Sports Overlay display, which displays vehicle speed, engine rotation per minute, transmission state and lateral G-Force graphics. There is also a graphic for Performance Traction Management, which will likely be offered in all Corvette models.
It also looks like the C7 Corvette will be offer some new-to-GM features, like engine sound management, active rev match and performance data recorder.
To really get you all amped up, we have also created a rendering of the C7 Corvette based on these leaked drawings that we believe is pretty close to how the C7 will look. Enjoy!
Note: Leaked images courtesy of CorvetteBlogger.
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.
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.
Auto giant Chevrolet has announced that it will reveal its heavy duty pickup, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, on December 13th before the auto-show debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Along with the reveal date, Chevy has also teased us with an image of the Silverado’s headlight.
Riding on the new K2 platform that is slated to underpin the next gen Cadillac Escalade, GMC Sierra and Yukon, and the Chevrolet Suburban, the Silverado will be evolutionary in terms of design. From the mule videos that were posted earlier, one can render how this hard-working beast might look. Looks apart, the interior is also said to be receiving an overhaul, with higher quality materials and better, luxurious upgrades in its infotainment systems.
The upcoming rig will be powered by the new small-block V8 engines that will power the whole heavy-duty lineup in GM, along with a V6 base-engine.
Other details will be posted once GM officially reveals the Silverado.
Overall, we think that the 2014 Silverado will take a leap forward in terms of refinement and technology, and prove that it’s a worthy pick over competition like the Ford F-250 and the Dodge Ram.
So, are you truck fans excited yet?
While most automakers take their new prototypes out for a testing session with hopes that no one will notice them, Chevrolet has decided to pitch us some official spy shot footage of the next generation Silverado pick-up. Gotta love when automakers go against the grain like this.
GM engineers are putting the next generation Chevrolet Silverado through the final paces at the company’s proving grounds in Yuma, Ariz. This water test is part of a rigorous product validation program that has helped make Silverado the most dependable, longest lasting full-size pickup.
The current Silverado has remained unchanged since 2007, but for the new generation, things will change significantly. As you can see, the prototype is heavily camouflaged so it’s pretty difficult to see what’s new, but as for the engine, rumors say that Chevrolet will use a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 300 HP, but a small block V8 is also under development.
The new Chevrolet Silverado will start production in 2013.
The SS (Super Sport) name was first used back in 1961 and since then, it has become Chevrolet’s signature of performance on many models. Back then, the Impala was in its fourth generation and the SS version brought an amazing power increase of 305 - 425 HP, depending on the version. Now, the tenth generation Impala is on the horizon, changing its focus from being a once feared muscle car to a plain and simple family car, but the SS model will still be there to tickle the fancy of practicality and performance.
The future, standard Chevrolet Impala was just unveiled at the 2012 New York Auto Show, so we expect to see the SS version launched sometime by the end of the year or in early 2013. The new SS should follow the same guidelines set in the previous models, so expect to see a V8 engine with an output of up to 450 HP cradled under that family sized hood. In terms of design, the new Impala SS will receive a modified bumper, new grille, new side skirts, a new set of wheels, an SS badge, and some new red paint.
After close to sixty years on the market, the Corvette saw the lowest sales last year with only 12,624 units sold. The Corvette needed a pick-me-up and it needed one fast. As it turns out, Chevrolet may be having a bit of trouble coming up with the right formula to pull the iconic sports car out of the sales gutter.
Over the past few years, the seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette has been the butt end of all kinds of strange stories. Some said it would be a production version of the Stingray Concept and some said it would adopt an all-wheel drive system or a turbo engine, but the fact of the matter is that General Motors has been having some trouble adopting the right design language for the next Corvette.
In a recent interview with Automotive News, Ed Welburn, GM’s Global Design head, said that designing the next Corvette has been a real challenge: "Everyone wants to design a Corvette, but it is hard work. Finding that right balance is a challenge. You want it to be a new design, but it needs to be recognizable as a Corvette. You don’t want to be the guy who screwed it up."
The new design needs to be just right for sales to increase and Chevrolet is hoping to do that by making "a bit of a shift to appeal to younger customers." Of course, Welburn didn’t say how that shift would be made.
We sure hope they figure things out quickly; the new Corvette is scheduled to debut sometime in 2013 as a 2014 model. Hey, maybe we should email our rendering to Welburn. Then again, we wouldn’t want to be "the guy who screwed it up." Good luck, Welburn.