Even though it’s only Monday, the renderings of the 2014 Corvette C7 ZR1 released today by Jalopnik seem to be the topic of the week, as message boards, comment sections, and Facebook pages have been set ablaze by initial reactions to the new design language of the treasured sports car. In light of this event, we thought it would be a good idea to sort through all of our gathered intel on the vehicle, and report to you on what else you can expect from the next generation Corvette.
Jalopnik is seemingly swearing on their respected reputation that the illustrations they released earlier today of the C7 ZR1 Corvette are completely accurate. Going off that, the heir to the C6 looks to be incredibly evolutionary, while sticking to the traditional front engine layout the Corvette has followed since the name has been around. The car looks more pissed off and unapologetic than ever before, but perhaps to a fault as it seems to be generating polarizing views from readers.
Despite the mixed response from enthusiasts opining on the images, the C7 will without a doubt turn more heads at any given moment than the C6 ever could wish to. And with the car’s brash looks, we can only hope that all of those flashy vents and extractors around the exterior are completely functional, rather than just for show this time around.
Some websites have reported that the base Corvette C7 will continue to cradle a 6.2-liter V8 engine just as today’s model is currently doing, but we will insist against it, as sources have repeatedly told us that GM’s all-new 5.5-liter small block V8 will be the ‘Vette’s go-to engine going forward. In fact, it is expected that the C7 will debut the new engine to the market — that is if the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado doesn’t beat it to dealerships first. Hopefully the new engine has four valves per cylinder.
Look for a pair of turbochargers to increase the power rating of the 5.5-liter for higher output models like the impending ZR1. As for a rumored smaller displacement twin-turbo V8 capable of revving to the moon and back, we have nothing new to report. Additionally, we are also not ruling out the possibility of a twin-turboed V6, either. Look for an eight-speed automatic and a seven-speed manual as possible transmission choices.
The cabin of the current-generation Corvette has been the butt-end of jokes for too long, especially compared to offerings from the likes of Porsche, let alone when even comparing it to its own kin like the Chevy Cruze. And GM knows it. So with the C7, the company plans on holding nothing back, and will showcase the latest in infotainment technology inside the car. Expect a touch-sensitive center console, and a configurable LCD display instrument panel. Sure, it’s not exactly analog, but we see it as a step in the right direction.
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