This was a good week to be a fan of the Chevrolet Corvette. The Bowtie’s upcoming variation of its flagship sports car made itself available to the public often this week, albeit unwillingly at times. This week brought us spy shots of a convertible version of the C7 Corvette, official shots of its badging, and finally, confirmed engine specifications with pictures. The C7 Corvette wasn’t the only Chevy product in the spotlight this week. The first official teaser image of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado surfaced earlier this week, showing off a headlight and not much more. The next-generation Silverado is expected to bring Chevy’s most popular truck up to speed with the likes of Chrysler’s heavily updated Ram 1500 and Ford’s retooled F-150. Chevy is also working on magnesium sheet metal that’s also corrosion resistant. While Chevy hasn’t come out and said it, these plates are expected to be used with the next-gen Silverado in an effort to reduce its overall weight.
The week closed out with a rumor from Aston Martin’s smallest product in its portfolio. Although it later turned out to be be nothing more than a rumor, it suggested that the luxury automaker was trying to swap the normal 1.3-liter engine out for something with a little more of a kick: a 461-percent increase in power with the addition of a 6.0-liter V-12 engine sourced from in-house. Check out the full rundown from our latest Week in Review below to see more about the V-12 Cygnet that never was and every single Corvette movement from the past week.
Monday, October 22
When the C7 Corvette wasn’t busy getting caught by our spy photographers, Chevrolet was teasing the 2014 Silverado. The first official image of Chevy’s full-size pickup was teased by the Bow Tie brand itself but there’s not too much to see quite yet. The image does reveal that the next-gen Silverado will have a headlight and it also appears that a grille will be present too. Not much else can be seen in the first teaser image but our spy photographer has already caught the Silverado testing in the wild. Chevy itself released a teaser photo and video of the Silverado as well but we’re expecting to see more of these before the official unveil in January at the North American International Auto Show.
Tuesday, October 23
The C7 Corvette stole the spotlight on Tuesday when our spy photographer caught a convertible version prowling around the streets of Michigan. Then quickly after that, Chevy released a video that teases the C7 ‘Vette once again. This time, we can see a clay model being sculpted and also get a clear view of the latest variation of the badging. The video is just under a minute long so not a whole lot can be gathered but we do see an official unveil date: January 13, 2013 at the North American International Auto Show. Stay tuned as we HIGHLY doubt this will be the last we hear from the C7 Corvette before its official unveil.
Wednesday, October 24
Wednesday was perhaps the busiest day of the week newswise in the automotive industry and once again, Chevrolet hogged all of the limelight. First, Chevrolet released official engine specs and pictures of the C7′s 6.2-liter V-8 engine which is rated at 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet or torque. Later on that day, Cadillac announced that it would halt production of the all-new 2013 ATS “cold” in order to retool the manual transmission before mass deliveries begin. Our in-office cohorts over at Motor Trend heard from a well-placed source within Cadillac that the ATS will be getting an additional bushing to combat the feel of the manual gearbox. This isn’t the first time the ATS has come under fire for its manual transmission. During one of Motor Trend‘s Head 2 Head competitions between the 2013 BMW 328i and the 2013 Cadillac ATS, senior features editor and host Jonny Lieberman called the Caddy to the carpet for its manual transmission’s performance.
Thursday, October 25
Chevy finally relented and gave up its position at the center of the automotive world, which gave way to Volkswagen’s decision to halt Microbus production after 63 years running. Even though VW decided to halt Microbus sales in North America back in 1979, it has continued to live on in South America. Not for long though, as the German automaker has announced all Microbus production will be stopped after 2013; blame stricter Brazilian safety regulations, which will demand anti-lock brakes and airbags on all vehicles staring in 2014.
Friday, October 26
The week in automotive news ended on a zany note with news of Aston Martin contemplating how to do a engine swap in one of its models. Sounds like a normal problem many automakers run into, right? Well, not so much. It turns out that this was a wild rumor, but one we wouldn’t have minded seeing come true. The vehicle in question was the subcompact Cygnet–which is based on the Scion iQ–its 1.3-liter engine, and how can Aston’s signature V-12 engine fit in where the hamster wheel used to sit. If the rumors really were true and Aston Martin pushed forward with this project, the Cygnet would’ve receieved a 461 percent bump in power. A stock Cygnet pumps out 97 horsepower, but Aston Martin’s V-12 engine at the center of this crazy rumor is rated at an earth-rotating 616 horsepower. Since this isn’t true, Friday brought news of 1,100 news jobs at Chrysler’s Jefferson North assembly facility. The extra set of hands are needed to keep up with production of the upcoming 2013 Ram 1500.