In 2014, Chevy replaces the C6 Corvette with the C7 Corvette, and internet rumors have hinted that the new car will sport a mid-engine, rear-drive V-6 powertrain. Next, it was that the new Corvette would swap the current 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 for a 5.5-liter V-8, at least on base models. Then came word that the car would get a visibility-hampering split rear window, in homage to the 1963 to 1967 Corvettes.
Now comes word from GM Inside News that none of the above rumors are correct. According to GMI (who’s usually right on the money about these things), the next Corvette gets “European” styling influences, but no substantial changes to shape, size or powertrain layout. Engine size remains at 6.2-liters, although the new Corvette will benefit from GM’s Generation V LS3 engine, which could make more horsepower and yield better fuel efficiency than the current fourth-generation LS3.
The big changes allegedly come on the inside, and GM is going to great lengths to improve the quality of the Corvette’s interior. Look for improvements in switchgear, materials and components, including a highly revised infotainment display with a secondary display between the tachometer and speedometer.
The 2014 Corvette is set to launch in mid-year 2013, which means we still have over 18 months to wait. Don’t expect the rumors, speculation and innuendo about the C7 Corvette to die off anytime soon.