It’s time to stir the pot again with another dose of Corvette C7 rumors, this time with a report from Popular Mechanics. PM’s own Colin Mathews found himself conversing with several insiders at this past August’s Woodward Dream Cruise, where he was able to gather (or at least attempt to verify) several C7 rumors that have been circulating. Here’s the latest:
Internally known as “Y1XX,” Mathews reports that the C7 will find its way to market sometime in the middle of 2013 as a 2014 model, which might be slightly further off than some expected. When it does, PM tells us to expect the previously rumored 5.5-liter next generation small block V8 engine mated to either an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. To note, there was no word on the rumored long-stroke 3.0L V8 in development. Currently, Corvette Racing is using a 5.5-liter small block V8 (dubbed the LS5.5R) that pushes out 485 horsepower. That number seems in line with PM’s statement that the base model C7 will exhibit numbers similar to today’s Z06, while the next generation Z06 will be closer to what we currently see in the ZR1. Sounds delicious, but what about the interior?
Well, another insider chirped out that the C7 will shame the interior of the current model, displaying the latest and greatest navigation system and instrument panel, if anything else. The skin of the C7 is expected to be something special, with “Ferrari-style quarter windows for the first time since the C2,” coupled with angled tail lamps, rather than the more traditional rounded off ones. As one designer told Mathews: “the C7 will knock the current Vette out of the water. It won’t be an old guy’s car anymore.”
That last bit — if true — may be the most evolutionary feature of the entire car.
Source: Popular Mechanics