We know that the all-new Corvette C7, which will be unveiled on January 13, 2013 while cradling GM’s all-new LT1 smallblock V8, will be a testament to the latest and greatest technology from General Motors while offering an entirely new driving experience. We’ve been fortunate to discover a few details about the next-gen Vette, such as certain interior and exterior design elements. What’s more, we also recently found out that the seventh-gen Corvette will sport the following three features as sent to GM Authority:
Engine Sound Management (ESM)
The setting, accessed through the C7’s touchscreen in the center stack, will allow the driver to set the note of the engine as heard in the cabin. The settings consist of Auto, Stealth, City, Tour, Sport, Track, and Off.
While the features are definitely intriguing, we hope the sound isn’t the result of a simulated reproduction piped through the car’s speakers. Because that would be fake… and not cool.
Active Rev Match (ARM)
This one might be the coolest feature we’ve heard about yet: only accessible on Corvettes equipped with a manual transmission, ARM assists the driver to shift smoother by matching the engine speed to the next selected gear.
ARM works by monitoring the operation of the shift level and the clutch, and adjusts engine speed to match a calibrated value.
- On downshifts, ARM will increase engine speed before the clutch is engaged
- On upshifts, ARM will decrease engine speed before the clutch is engaged
The rev match is maintained for a brief period between shifts and is deactivated if the shift is not completed, allowing engine speed to return to idle.
We can see this being a huge help to most drivers, but hope there’s a setting to turn off the feature for the purists.
Performance Data Recorder (PDR)
It would seem that the Performance Data Recorder will be an optional feature on the C7. If equipped, PDR will be accessible via an icon on the Vette’s touchscreen. Upon being launched, PDR records audio, video, and vehicle data that’s stored on an SD Card, and is subsequently accessible by the driver either inside the vehicle or on a computer.
Which one of these features are you looking forward to using the most? The comments section is at your behest.