Here’s a curious interesting factoid: the current, seventh-generation Corvette (Corvette C7) does not have a single active safety feature outside of front- and rear-view cameras. In other words, accident prevention systems such as Blind Spot Monitoring or Lane Keep Assist – which have become prevalent on even the most entry-level vehicles – are not available on the Vette. Let’s take a look at the circumstance.
Not only does the Corvette C7 not come standard with these features, but it does not even offer them as available options. By comparison, the other dedicated sports car in the Chevrolet lineup – the Camaro – incorporates various active safety features, like Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert.
Meanwhile, the Porsche 911 – a direct Corvette rival – gained various active safety/accident prevention systems in 2017, such as forward collision intervention, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot warning.
In more ways than one, the absence of active safety features on the Corvette C7 correlates to its age. The seventh-generation model originally debuted in 2013 as a 2014 model, with the 2019 MY marking six years on the market. During that timeframe, the sports car has received a gradual rollout of higher-performance models such as the Z06, Grand Sport, and ZR1, while introducing special edition packages and in-vehicle Wi-Fi. Outside of that, the C7 has gone virtually unchanged when it comes to technology.
Six years might not seem like a long time, but it most certainly is when it comes to today’s rapidly-moving technology landscape that has become a significant part of modern automobiles.
The most likely scenario is that the C7 Corvette will continue without any active safety features until its replacement – the mid-engine Corvette, also known as the Corvette C8 – comes to market. That model will likely offer GM’s wide array of collision avoidance systems.
Not all is lost for those who hope to see active safety features make their way to the Corvette C7. Earlier this month, we reported that General Motors could continue producing the Corvette C7 through 2020 alongside the future mid-engine model, potentially in an effort to satisfy a broader audience. After all, a mid-engined car may not be everyone’s cup of tea. If that happens to be the case, there is a possibility that the seventh-generation Vette could be updated to introduce some active safety features… though we wouldn’t necessarily hold our breath.
So, for the time being, the Corvette is an analog car in a digital world… and we kind of like it that way.