Okay, so this this official teaser video of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette doesn’t show us much, but it does help to whet our appetites for the new C7 Corvette. Lucky for us, we don’t need to rely solely on this brief video of a sculptor carving a clay model, since we already know a fair bit about the next-generation Corvette.
First off, Chevrolet has confirmed that we’ll get our first official look at the 2014 Corvette on January 13, 2013 at the start of the 2013 Detroit auto show. We’ve also gotten our first look at the C7′s update Crossed Flags badge that is supposedly is “much more modern, more technical, and more detailed than before — [which underscores] the comprehensive redesign of the entire car,” according to GM global design vice president Ed Welburn.
From the various times we’ve caught the 2014 Corvette out testing, we’ve been able to get a good look at this new “more modern, more technical” design, despite the Corvette’s camouflage. The C7 will be slightly smaller overall than the current C6 Corvette, but ride on a longer wheelbase. The overall look of the 2014 Corvette will be more evolutionary than revolutionary, however, maintaining the same long and low silhouette of Corvettes past. One big change to the Corvette’s exterior design is the loss of the quad-circle taillights – in their place will be squared-off units more reminiscent of the Camaro, Malibu, Traverse, and other Chevy models. Inside, the cabin will move way upscale, with Lamborghini Aventador-inspired seats, and a high-quality-looking interior with a similar design to the Audi R8.
Under the hood, expect to see the next-generation of General Motors’ small-block V-8 engine, complete with variable valve timing and direct injection. The Corvette’s V-8 will most likely displace 5.5 liters and produce somewhere around 440 hp – 0.7 liters smaller than the current base 6.2-liter V-8, yet delivering 10 more horsepower. Transmission options are expected to be either a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.
Check out the teaser video below along with our spy shots of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, and stay tuned as more information is revealed in the lead-up to 1/13/13.