2014 Chevrolet Corvette with C7 body spotted during cold weather testing

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 20, 2012

The next-generation 2014 Chevrolet Corvette was spotted while it was being tested in cold weather in the Great White North. The profile of the C7 shows a wedge-like silhouette, curvy, slightly flared fenders and a possibly longer wheelbase. By next year, production will already start. These spy images offer us a view of the C7 in its actual body shell.

The previous images released show a wider wheelbase but the body of a C6. These new images show off the quad exhaust in the rear, the unique taillights and a bold air intake in front.

C7 is also expected to use an all-aluminum frame and maybe some carbon-fiber techniques. However, sources said that the Corvette is already a light car and so using techniques employed by Lamborghini or McLaren may not be necessary.

There are many speculations about this engine. In fact, a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 is highly possible. The existing range-topping Corvettes use 6.2-liter V8s but a seven-speed manual transmission is possible.

These images provide a first look at the C7’s styling direction since it has been significantly hidden under a dark armor and camouflage. Last week, Chevy revealed plans to build a 427 convertible, which delivers power to an open-air configuration as well as a 60th-anniversary edition to commemorate the last run of the C6.

This car’s model year will be cut short. Last May, General Motors said that it will invest $131 million and will hire 250 more people for the improvement of the Bowling Green, Ky. plant that produces the Corvette. This is a significant increase from the $39 million used in 2005 when the site was modified to assemble the C6.

Stingray name has quite a legacy and there was no way we could feasibly bring a new version to the market unless it surpassed previous iterations, said the GM Vice President of Global Design, Ed Welburn. He said that subsequently, the company came up with a Corvette which is recognisable all over the world and will most definitely stand up to the tradition of the Stingray's of the past.

Kentucky will be the birth place for the new Corvette Stingray. The assembly plant, which was recently renovated to the tune of $131 million, including over $50 million for the improved body shop, the intention for which was to ensure the production of the aluminum frame stayed on American soil, in particular, at GM's Bowling Green site in Kentucky.

Tadge Juechter, Corvette's Chief Engineer said the brand holds every belief that the latest generation of Stingray promises to be as iconic as previous models but also is a glimpse into the future of automotive history as this is a Corvette which not only provides an even better driving experience, the fuel economy has been improved and it has even more power.

The new Corvette is not only faster but it also outperforms the previous model in every way from the braking, to the cornering.

Handcrafted, high-tech interior

Mixing the best materials and superior craftsmanship with some of the most up-to-date technology, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has an exquisite interior. Helen Emsley, Interior Design Director said that its aim for the Stingray is to make sure it enhances the way the driver feels. First off, as the Stingray emulates a fighter jet in so many ways, the brand sought to install a smaller steering wheel, HD screens which can be altered to your preference and seats which envelope the driver -- all set within a wraparound cockpit and with exceptional finish.

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