Corvette C7 due in 2012

Corvette C7 due in 2012

Corvette Stingray Concept fq

If you’re a Corvette fan, it’s time for some good news. Fresh after dodging financial ruin, General Motors has announced its two-year product plans for Chevy, Caddy, Buick and GMC. Included were some details for the new C7 Corvette.

The plan at this stage is for the C7 to be introduced in April of 2012 as a 2013 model which is an improvement on the pre-bankruptcy plan to not reinvent the Corvette until 2014.

Almost nothing at all is known about the new Corvette at the moment. One thing that has been shelved, however, is a rumoured switch to a mid-engine layout. The C7 will stay front-engine just like it’s been for 57 years, according to the recent report. Like the current car, the C7 will also make extensive use of materials like carbon fibre, aluminum and magnesium to help cut weight while maintaining rigidity.

In terms of exterior appearance, it’s likely that the Corvette Stingray Concept (pictured) shown at the Chicago Auto Show is a likely indicator of the new styling direction for the C7.

As far as powerplants go, there is speculation a smaller, forced induction engine – most likely a supercharger, will be utilised to help the car meet fuel economy targets. A dual-clutch gearbox has also been talked about, and would make sense to keep pace with the likes of Porsche’s 911 and Nissan’s GT-R.

Like the C6 improved on the C5 the new C7 will likely be an incremental advancement on the already proven Corvette platform. It will be an evolution rather than a full revolution but should provide a serious performance package.

Expect to hear more details on the C7’s progress over the next year or two.

Corvette Stingray Concept fq

If you’re a Corvette fan, it’s time for some good news. Fresh after dodging financial ruin, General Motors has announced its two-year product plans for Chevy, Caddy, Buick and GMC. Included were some details for the new C7 Corvette.

The plan at this stage is for the C7 to be introduced in April of 2012 as a 2013 model which is an improvement on the pre-bankruptcy plan to not reinvent the Corvette until 2014.

Almost nothing at all is known about the new Corvette at the moment. One thing that has been shelved, however, is a rumoured switch to a mid-engine layout. The C7 will stay front-engine just like it’s been for 57 years, according to the recent report. Like the current car, the C7 will also make extensive use of materials like carbon fibre, aluminum and magnesium to help cut weight while maintaining rigidity.

In terms of exterior appearance, it’s likely that the Corvette Stingray Concept (pictured) shown at the Chicago Auto Show is a likely indicator of the new styling direction for the C7.

As far as powerplants go, there is speculation a smaller, forced induction engine – most likely a supercharger, will be utilised to help the car meet fuel economy targets. A dual-clutch gearbox has also been talked about, and would make sense to keep pace with the likes of Porsche’s 911 and Nissan’s GT-R.

Like the C6 improved on the C5 the new C7 will likely be an incremental advancement on the already proven Corvette platform. It will be an evolution rather than a full revolution but should provide a serious performance package.

Expect to hear more details on the C7’s progress over the next year or two.

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