We’re just over two weeks out from the official 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 unveiling on January 13, 2013 — the night before the official start of the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Despite leaks from every which way in regards to design, powertrain and technology, anticipation remains white-hot. That being the case, we felt it would be a great time to revisit what we currently know about the all-new, 2014 Corvette.
The Stingray Moniker Is Coming Back As The Base Model Name
No, not “Sting Ray”, but “Stingray“. The name also means the base Corvette will have a proper name, rather than some generic title like “Corvette Coupe” that was used for the base C6 model. What’s more, it’s expected that the Grand Sport, Z06, and ZR1 names will continue to live on through the product life cycle of the 2014 Corvette C7. But like the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, don’t expect everything to roll out of the gate at once. It could be a couple years before we see a new ZR1.
The 6.2L LT1 Will Be The Base Engine
Back when we published our first C7 “What We Know” piece in 2011, sources told us that the Corvette team will be using a 5.5L displacement V8 engine as the car’s bread and butter powerplant. But after testing and observing performance with Active Fuel Management, engineers determined that a 6.2L block was a more optimal choice. Believe it or not, the Corvette team found that the larger engine posted better fuel economy numbers when four of its cylinders were deactivated over what a 5.5L could do. Thus, the LT1 engine is a 6.2L block. Preliminary numbers are at 450 horsepower and torque, but we’re expecting that to be an underestimation. What’s more, expect GM to add forced induction for the range-topping models such as the Z06 and ZR1. No word on whether or not there will be a successor to the wondrous LS7, which produces 505 horsepower with a 7,000 RPM redline and breathes naturally. We think it would be a blunder not to.
There Will Be Loads Of New Features And Technology
As first reported by LSXTV, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 will feature more track and go-fast performance applications than you can shake a stick at. Things like Active Rev Match (ARM), a Performance Data Recorder (PDR) and Engine Sound Management (ESM) will all be present in the new Corvette, if the alleged owner’s manual leak is accurate, which appears to be so. There will also be a digital instrument panel, rather than conventional gauges, that the C7 will rely on to display information. The latest Chevy MyLink system is also expected to make an appearance, with just the right amount of buttons and knobs.
Of course, we could talk all day about what the new Corvette is shaping to be like on paper, but the only way to properly understand a vehicle like this is to drive it. Vigorously. Hopefully, everyone gets the chance to do just that.