AutoGuide News Blog
The AutoGuide News Blog is your source for breaking stories from the auto industry. Delivering news immediately, the AutoGuide Blog is constantly updated with the latest information, photos and video from manufacturers, auto shows, the aftermarket and professional racing.
One of America’s most iconic sports car is due for a refresh and now renderings of the new Chevrolet Corvette C7 has hit the Internet thanks to hours of hard work from Jalopnik who got a glimpse of the next generation
They decided to do all of us automotive nuts a favor, whipping up renderings rather than leaking the actual photos – to protect their sources – and confirms that this render is as accurate as it can get with the next-generation ZR1.
Jalopnik also confirms that they’ve showed the renderings around to different sources at GM, all of which have confirmed that it’s an accurate depiction of what we can expect from the Corvette C7. Obviously we’ll be seeing the base model Corvette hitting the market first, but the ZR1 variant is expected to bow sometime shortly.
There is quite a bit going on with the new C7 in terms of styling changes. At first glance it looks as if Chevrolet’s merely updating the Corvette’s look and feel, just as it has every other generation prior. But clearly there’s some Camaro-inspired design cues going on, and who can blame Chevy given how successful the Camaro has become.
Check out the link to Jalopnik below for more Corvette C7 renderings
Past reports have indicated that the next-generation C7 Corvette will be merely a stop-gap with a short production cycle, before a game-changing C8 model arrives just a few years later.
According to the latest rumors, the C7 may actually be the model that ushers in a bold new change for the Vette, with AutoCar suggesting the car model, set to launch in 2013 as a 2014 car, could go mid-engine. Supporting this are comments by GM North America president Mark Reuss who said the car will be “completely different” from the current model.
GM execs have been open about the fact they want to transform the Chevrolet Corvette into a car with global appeal that will compete alongside models from Ferrari and Porsche. To do that, it will finally get an interior deserving of its performance says GM global design boss Ed Welburn, describing the C7 interior as “absolutely world class.”
Plus, rumors continue to be floated about a possible V6 engine.
GM recently announced a $131 million investment in its Bowling Green, Kentucky plant, known also as the Corvette Factory, as it prepares to put the C7 into production in 2013.