• Aug 12th 2009 at 1:26PM
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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept - click above image for high-res gallery

If you like Corvettes, this is going to make you smile. Fresh out of bankruptcy court, General Motors announced its two-year product plans for Chevy, Caddy, Buick and GMC. Included are go codes for the new C7 Corvette. The plan is to introduce the C7 in April of 2012 as a 2013 model -- a big improvement over the old plan to not reinvent the Corvette until 2014. Let's just state this up front -- almost nothing at all is known about the new Corvette. It appears as if plans for a mid-engine Corvette have been put aside. Like all Corvettes before it, the C7 will feature an engine up front driving the wheels out back. Other than that...

The rumors are that the C7 will be smaller and lighter than the current welterweight C6. There's talk of using more advanced materials like carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium as well as smaller engines. Calm down, calm down -- as the ZR1 showed us, less displacement doesn't always mean less power. Especially when a positive-displacement Roots-type supercharger's in the mix. There's chatter that the C7's design might be based on the Stingray Concept from the 2009 Chicago Auto Show, but we're hoping it's not. More details as they become available.

[Source: Corvette Blogger]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Still say the C5 had the most beautiful body proportions .
      Put me down for a C5 Vert with the C6 interior up-grades & engine choices .
      • 6 Years Ago
      My guess - the new motor will be a production version of next year's GT2 C6R motor. We already know it'll be 5.5L displacement, but the rumors are it'll be a "high feature" motor... The assumption is this means it'll have DI and possibly VVT. Coming from somebody who currently owns a C6Z, I'd be all over a smaller / lighter C7 with a motor like that under the hood!

      In the words of Colin Chapman - "to add speed, add lightness".
      • 4 Years Ago
      I maybe one of the OLD GUYS but I have owned every "C" model they have made and I'm so tired of the old MID-ENGINE rumors. Corvette has had a 52% front 48% rear since the small block 1968 model year. It makes NO Sense to do all the re-tooling of an almost perfect ratio. STOP THE RUMORS. Stick to the LS motors and modify them to several different Horsepower options. As for Interior I re-padded my seat with 3" foam and can drive all day in comfort. LETS STOP THE CRAZY PRICES.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @ yyrose22 - STFU !
      • 6 Years Ago
      i guess im the only one to think the car looks great. i would buy it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't mind the giant 599-esque vent and subsequent creases running down the sides, but please, get rid of those gaudy Citroen GT-style vents.

      Actually, considering all the retro stuff going on with the Mustang/Challenger/Camaro, I think a modern take on the C2 or early C3 (when it still had the chrome bumpers and the 4-slot gills on the sides) would be terrific. Or at the very least, better than this Stingray concept.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, but the C6's vent juts out in the front, while the one on the 599 is flush with the rest of the panel. I was talking more about the general shape of the side vent and not the idea of a side vent.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would rather see the C7 continue the Corvette tradition of building upon the Corvette hallmarks while still creating a thoroughly new and modern sports car. To ape any one former generation or give it a retro feel would be damning to its modern sports car credentials.
      • 6 Years Ago
      yea those concept pictures are hot! The looks of the Corvette has pretty much gone downhill. I think a retro-style redo is in order.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Highly doubt it will be mid engine, that idea has existed for over 20 years. It doesn't need to be mid engine, the Corvette front engine rear drive works very well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I do not see your reference at all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Also, it's hard to get that phallic symbol look if the engine isn't out front...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really think this is what they need to make it like...
      Saw it at a recent car show, and apparently it's a 1969/2009 Corvette.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I have no doubt they will make a great car but if they could add a Cadillac interior I'd be sold...
        • 6 Years Ago
        And from a Vette Owner:

        I DON'T WANT A LUXURY INTERIOR!!! That's fine for a concept, but just make seperate trims for production.

        I want the minimum for a sports car, electric windows, nice stereo, air cond./heat, fake (but nice) easily replaceable seats, standard carpeting and trim... I use my d@mn 5 Series when I need to profile... I use my Vette when need to make a point. Tire smoke included!!

        • 6 Years Ago
        I think with all the bad press the Vette gets for it's interior that will be one of the first things to improve.

        Fingers crossed, anyway.
      Riah Curry
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      They should really be aiming at the Cayman S and focusing on acheiving more performance through low mass and a good power to weight ratio, not trying to make a flashy car for lame ginos and old people.

      Heck, if only they just started with a highly refined version of the Solstice chassis and put it on a bit of a diet, stuck a 4.0 litre, 400hp V8 in there and bolted on simple, decent coilovers, big brakes and tires and with a decent quality interioir it would simply rock.

      Think much better looking Miata with something like the current M3's engine under the hood and you get the picture.

      For a higher performance version, a simple and compact rotrex supercharger would do wonders to get north of 500hp on the same engine, then add carbon fibre bits etc. and even better suspension and tires etc.

      A truly light (2500 lbs or so), smaller Corvette with 400hp on tap would simply fly.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The corvette purists would never let that happen but if it did, I'd be right behind you in line to buy one.
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