Following last week’s leak of the Corvette C7’s service manual, we now have more details from what seems to be the user’s manual of the C7 courtesy of Corvette Forum member BlueOx. Here’s the rundown:
The Rear End
Looks like the renderings were spot on as it relates to the Corvette’s overall profile and rear-end, with the “spoiler around the tail lights” theme being the name of the game when it comes to the back-end. Of note is the fact that the rear-end does not sport a Corvette cross flag, insignia, or logo of any kind, which could simply be a bi-product of the illustrations being in a manual.
In addition, is it just us, or does the rear glass on the hatch seem rather narrow compared to the expansive glass openings seen in the C4/C5/C6?
This hatch-up illustration shows just how massive those C-pillars really are. Will they have a negative impact on visibility?
Under The Hood
Here we see the layout of the engine bay, including the all-new LT1 small-block V8.
In addition, the hood scoop seems functional, but the off-center position of the air filter housing likely means that the air will ned to jump through a few hoops before arriving at the throttle body. Is that the best way to move air?
The illustrations of the seats seen here show a few well-bolstered buckets that also happen to be powered, with three primary controls on the exterior side of the seat. We, however, are rather concerned about the seats’ weight: we already know that they will be powered while sporting built-in heating and cooling functionality (see below). But all that tech may just result in a heavy seat. How about a basic set of Recaros… perhaps as an option?
The steering wheel seems to be an all-new unit never before seen on GM vehicle, with plenty of buttons for voice activation (and probably Siri Eyes-Free command), a four-way button cluster (most likely for the digital instrument panel) and the new Chevy MyLink system that’s similar to that found in the 2014 Impala. The illustration also shows a pair of very prominent “10 and 2” grips — which can never hurt.
Meanwhile, there is the already-expected all-digital instrument panel along with a touchscreen in the center stack. Finally, a modern infotainment system on Chevy’s flagship sports car.
The Sport Mode Screen
One of the features found in the center stack screen is the Sport Mode Screen, which provides:
- Vehicle Speed containing up to three digits (heck yeah!), with the leading zeros not being displayed upon movement. The current speed is centered in the middle of the display, which may change between MPH and km/h, depending on the driver-selected settings.
- Track Overlay seems to show the track the vehicle is on.
- Engine Rotations Per Minute (RPMs), with the vertical line and triangle indicating current RPMs. As the RPMs increase, the green back-fill follows.
- The Transmission State (Current Gear) is provided by the numbers and letters on the top right corner. What the driver sees there will depend on whether the Corvette is equipped with a manual or automatic transmission. The PRDN is for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission, with the D changing to D1 or D2. Once the vehicle is shifted into drive, entering manual shift model result in M1 or M2. The 1 or 2 are for vehicles with manual transmissions.
- Lateral G-Force Meter shows left and right G-Forces. The measured G-Force displays as a digital number at the top of the graphic.
Can’t wait until January 13, 2013? Neither can we!