The launch of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette is expected to take place sometime in the middle of 2013. This model is slated to start production at GM’s Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant. There has been plenty of speculation about the all-new version of the flagship performance car, the seventh generation model.
The rumors include the use of split rear windows and some radical new design themes. But it seems now that these are simply rumors and aren’t likely to make it to production. The C7 was reported to come with a split rear window that was featured on the 1963 Stingray.
In fact, GM used this for the Stingray Concept car several years ago. GMI confirmed that the C7 won’t have a split rear window as standard. It’s not certain if it will be available as an option. The C7 exterior will mostly take on a European look. Its overall design is said to be a lot like the current Corvette.
This car uses the same platform as the current model. It may sound like its design is more evolutionary than revolutionary but wait until you get a look at its interior, which has been heavily revised and now features much higher quality materials.
Instead of capacitive touch buttons similar to the recently announced Cadillac CUE system, the C7 will have a unique version of GM’s latest infotainment that features a big center display in the gauge cluster.
The new Corvette is to be powered by GM’s Generation V Small Block V-8’s. There are reports that the base engine would be a 5.5-liter but it’s also believed that the base engine will have a displacement of 6.2-liters. The 2014 Corvette will feature a seven-speed manual transmission.
According to Ken Parkinson, executive director of global design, developing a new Corvette is not an easy task. He described the exterior styling of the Corvette Stingray as both functional and elegant. He quipped that the goal for the Corvette Stingray was to create a bold design statement embracing the car’s advanced technology while improving its overall performance whether on the wind tunnel or on the track. These works gave birth to the new Corvette C7 Stingray that while groundbreaking, stays true to the basic elements that make a Corvette a Corvette.
The groundbreaking nature of the Corvette C7 Stingray is supported by the fact that the latest generation features no repeated details from its predecessor. These include its characteristic profile as defined by its long dash-to-axle ratio and a greenhouse that looks similar to the canopy of a jet fighter with dual-element taillamps. As it is, the new Corvette C7 Stingray takes inspiration from both nature and aerospace.
Tom Peters, exterior design director, remarked that the new Corvette is dubbed as a Stingray as it delivers a purposeful and incredible visual impact just like the 1963 original. This was evident in the design inspired by fighter jets and the Stingray animal whose beauty has been linked to a purpose – as they are designed to move through air or water as fast and as efficiently as possible.
Just these inspirations, every transition on every surface of the new Corvette Stingray has a function but features beauty and proportion. Serving as one of the hallmark design elements of the Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray is its aesthetic lighting. The front end is marked by indirect white LED lamps forming a characteristic daytime styling cue.
These LED lamps are accommodated in black-chrome lamp housing along with standard HID projector headlamps. Edge-lit amber LED units serve as turn signals. Meanwhile, the rear end of the new Corvette C7 Stingray features dramatic dual-element 3D taillamps, which make use of hidden LED lamps.
The hidden LED lamps are designed to emit light up from the bottom of the housing into a reverse reflector, resulting to an even glow. In addition, the new Corvette C7 Stingray also employs LED units for white backup lamps, integrating functional aircraft-style air outlets for optional differential and transmission coolers.