GM executives had planned to release C7 Corvette as a seventh generation car since 2007. It was originally planned for 2011 to coincide with Chevy’s 100th anniversary.
Mid-engine and rear-engine designs have been considered; however, front engine with RWD would cost lower. It is still in production and is expected to be available for public in 2012. There are still chances of further delay as it depends on the scope of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations.
Power and Performance
It will come powered by a 5.5-liter V8 engine featuring various technical advancements that include an aluminum block & heads along with a reviewed combustion system. The engine still retains Chevy’s pushrod and overhead valve configuration. The V8 engine made its debut in C6.R racer that generated 440 horsepower, and an improved power of 436 hp is achieved by the current C6 version. Improved fuel economy can also be expected as the engine will be smaller in size and offered with several advanced features.
Interior and Exterior
C7 will be deceptive at glance even to casual observers. The coupe may come with a split rear window much like 1963’s Sting Ray coupe.
Interior design would meet the expectation with upgraded materials. The seats are favorable when compared to the bucket seats of Porsches and BMWs. The front-engine Y platform is definitely unchanged from C6 and an improvement is expected in steering linearity and feel.
C7 is likely to hit dealerships in the fall of 2012.