The hiding is over: this, ladies and gentlemen, is your next-generation Chevrolet Corvette. While detailed technical specifications are still a bit up in the air, we at least know this: it’s not a radical departure from the traditional Corvette formula. Contrary to the perpetual rumors that suggested the C7 could – at long last – place its engine aft of the passenger compartment, the new car, as spied testing up in Canada, seems to retain its front-engine configuration.
Engine choices will certainly include several versions of GM’s next-generation small-block V-8 (which will boast aluminum blocks, direct fuel injection, perhaps a bit less displacement, and what GM calls “an all-new advanced combustion design”), although there’s still a good chance a fortified six-cylinder – perhaps one that’s turbocharged or even supercharged - could also be a possibility.
But will it be enough? Though it’s hard to see past some of the padded camouflage, it appears the C7′s design is a slightly more dramatic reinterpretation of what we’ve come to know on the C6. Though the car seems lower, longer, and wider than before, it also appears to be nowhere as drastic a departure from the C6 as, for instance, the Stingray/Centennial concept that’s been shown for about two years now.
And should GM have finally pushed a mid-engine Corvette – long a dream of Corvette godfather/ chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov – into production? Although such a design would likely cost more to manufacture and subsequently prove considerably more expensive to purchase than previous Corvettes, some pundits believe such a car would do wonders for the ‘Vette’s reputation in sports car circles.
For now, the Stingray/Centennial remains a conceptual one-off (two-off, if you count the roadster version), and the only modern midengine Vette currently manufactured is designed solely for Daytona Prototype racing. But should this have truly been the case? Did GM really need to reinvent the wheel for the C7, or does the General have a good sense of what buyers want from the next-generation Corvette?
You tell us. Use the comments section below to send us your thoughts on where the Corvette is seemingly headed, along with what qualities – be it design, powertrain, chassis configuration, etc. – you’d like to see in your perfect Corvette. In the meantime, be sure to read our full story on the very first C7 spy shots by clicking here.