We’ve seen spy shots, heard rumors, and have even seen parts being manufactured in the factory. But this is the first piece of real information from the manufacturer itself about the next-generation “C7″ 2014 Chevrolet Corvette. And, as you’d expect, it’s a huge tease: We get to see the badge.
Unveiled at the Road Atlanta racetrack, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette badge is a further evolution of the “crossed flags” that have adorned the nose of every Corvette since 1953. Looking slightly less stylized than its predecessor, the checkered flag and Chevy bowtie/fleur-de-lis combination is also more angled than the current badge. Chevrolet notes that it is more detailed as well, showing “greater depth, color and attention to detail.”
Depth and attention to detail are two things that the entire car could benefit from, but details remain scarce. Chevrolet did mention that the seventh generation Corvette–that’s what the “C7″ stands for, by the way–is almost entirely all new. The only carryover parts will be the cabin air filter, and the rear latch for the removable roof panel. But Chevy is making some big promises, too. Tadge Juechter, chief engineer for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, said that, “With the new Corvette, we set out to build a world-challenging sports car with design, refinement, efficiency, and driver engagement that is second to none.” Of course, every manufacturer says that, but GM has recently made a habit of making good on its promises, as we saw with the 2013 Cadillac ATS.
While Chevrolet has been tight with details, spy photographers have no such qualms, and we like what we’ve seen so far. While the exterior design at the very least hews to the lines of previous Corvettes, the interior looks to be getting a thorough upgrade. We approve. The current car’s interior is the best of any Corvette, but even fans of the sportscar will admit that’s low-hanging fruit. With the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, cheap-feeling plastics, odd control placements, and parts-bin audio system controls may finally be a thing of the past. But most important to enthusiasts, it looks as though the seats are finally going to be something capable of holding drivers intent on exploring the Corvette’s handling capabilities.
Mechanically, not much is known. A V-8 engine is certain, although displacement may fall from its current 6.2 liters to somewhere around 5.5 liters. However, expect power and fuel economy to both increase thanks to modern fuel injection and engine management.
When will we know? On January 13, 2013. If you’re a Corvette enthusiast and will be in the Detroit area–or are willing to make the pilgrimage–Chevrolet will offer tickets to a limited number of enthusiasts, with proceeds benefiting the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky; contact Roc Linkov (email@example.com) for more information.
For now, at least, the countdown truly begins.