We're as excited as anyone to see the next-generation Corvette, even if it is still a few years off. But while the C7 'Vette isn't slated to arrive until 2013 as a 2014 model, it hasn't stopped the rumormill from pumping out wild speculation. We've heard everything from a split rear window design to a turbocharged V8 engine, but according to GMInsideNews, it's all a bunch of baloney.

GMI reports that the design of the next Corvette will be more evolutionary than revolutionary. This means that the new car won't feature a standard split window, and the publication's inside sources won't confirm an optional split-window, either. GMI also reports that the rumored 5.5-liter V8 likely won't happen. Instead, word around the Interwebs is that the Corvette's base engine will still be the tried-and-true 6.2-liter V8. To no one's surprise, the mid-engine layout rumor – something that has never been corroborated to begin with – has also been debunked.

But enough of what won't happen: GMI sources do reveal that the design of the C7 'Vette will be European in nature, and the interior will receive a major – and much needed – overhaul. Materials are said to receive a bigtime update, and the Corvette's infotainment system will include a large LCD display in the gauge cluster. Several sources have also claimed that the 2014 Corvette will feature a seven-speed manual transmission for improved fuel economy.


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      Dvanos
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man the Corvette in those pics is a stunner!!!
      z28ssx
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 6.2L will also be a brand new design (Gen V) that features direct injection.
      thedriveatfive
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good. You read that right..... Good. The same basic engine means aftermarket is already built up when the car comes out, Interior and materials upgrade are what it needed most and it will get, 7 speed is fine, Porsche seems to like it and no one complained about it with them and guess what a C7 will have more torque with the 6.2 so the gears represent lots of options. Best of all... I will get to pick up a new C6 at a great value when they come out. Win is all over this for everyone.
      Brandon Allen
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Corvette is a great car with a great chassis and a great engine. If they keep what's good about it the same; price, engine; looks (for the most part) and update the suspension, interior, construction materials to save weight etc. VS developing a new car from the ground up they could really maintain sales and resale value. Look at the 911, always a great car and you can always count on it being rear engine, reliable, and that it will look like a 911. The Corvette is another iconic car with lots of good things and just a few areas to improve upon namely the interior and suspension technology (which works great but doesn't provide the refinement AND handling as well as other cars)
      FriskyDingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      No way is this car getting a 6.2 base engine. Why on earth would GM go through all the trouble of designing a new engine family for better efficiency and leave the displacement alone?? Considering that direct injection alone usually adds 10% more power, barring any other improvements, the base car would have 475hp~. Not to mention they'd be at a dead end in terms of engine optins above it. All they have now is the LS7, which has already been confirmed to drop from factory production in cars, and the LS9, itself heavily worked over LS3. In short, this makes absolutely NO sense whatsoever. They have already debuted an engine w/ this technology in a 5.5 displacement. Upping the displacement further serves no purpose, especially since the 5.5 is good for 470hp~. Just more rumors.
        z28ssx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FriskyDingo
        5.5L is just for racing.
          FriskyDingo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @z28ssx
          Says who, the creator of this new rumor?? It has been long said by people in the know that the Gen V small block would utilize smaller displacement in-line w/ that of the race program. I work for GM, and have spoken to people in the know regarding the C7 and they say it will have a smaller displacement engine.
        You guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FriskyDingo
        I agree. It doesn't make ANY sense at all to develop new engine tech, then have it strangely absent on your halo. the Halo is supposed to be a showcase of your awesome capabilities. 5.5L Gas-DI DOHC V8 @ 500hp/530lb-ft as the base engine is my guess. I think this is just bull to throw people off. They want to phase out the OHV SBC V8. Why would they keep it in an essentially brand new vehicle?
          axiomatik
          • 3 Years Ago
          @You guy
          I seriously doubt they will go DOHC. The beauty of the LSx is that it is compact and lightweight with awesome power. DOHC would end those benefits.
      Musclecarinthesis777
      • 3 Years Ago
      Come one release the pictures of how it is going to look already....
      Kevin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those who want a vette or have a vette did so to be wowed each and everytime then turn the key. There are plenty of cars that have better interior surroundings and amenities. The interior serves the function of showing what is going on and a seat to keep your butt in place. The car will always have a following because it is the American Supercar, no ifs and or butts.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      omgcool
      • 3 Years Ago
      Definitely not excited about the "European nature." I guess that means we'll be getting subpar reliability with a higher price and negligible performance increase. Looks like Viper will be reclaiming favorite 2-seater status for me.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @omgcool
        I think "European" as in interior fit and finish worthy of a $60-100K car, not out of an Aveo. And maybe less panel gap and flexy plastic on the outside, coupled with tighter dimensions? The Vette has performance/dollar in spades, but quality and fit and finish are worse than some of Chevy's bottom rung commuter cars. If the price goes up ~5-10k, you would still have incredible performance (both overall and per dollar), but it would be more refined and excel in more than just a few specified areas. Try interior ergonomics/design (less plastic), better goddamn seats, and more precise tactile feedback when not scared to death on a racetrack. But still American in terms of being badass, having a big OHV v8 with a wall of torque but ok efficiency, simple and bloody fast. What is wrong with that?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @omgcool
        The design will be European, not the whole car.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Funny, I know a lot of C6 Corvette owners in the SCCA club I'm in that aren't even close to being 80 years old.
          50merc
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          needles to say their being a shitload of track GTR's more like a shitload of lotus
        tachyon particle
        • 3 Years Ago
        I really hope that a $100k GTR is able to beat a $45k car on the track and in a straight line
      RedHoodJT
      • 3 Years Ago
      As long as they IMPROVE QUALITY. This is AMERICA'S SPORTS CAR. It deserves an interior that rivals Ferrari. At LEAST TRYmake it CLOSE to the level of Ferrari quality. Then again It's GM, so they'll probably make it low-standard, and you'll sadly probably take it and enjoy it... ignorantly. Only con about getting a ZR-1? The Interior. The rest is AMAZING.
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RedHoodJT
        The next-gen Vette will of course have a vastly superior interior, the problem with the current model is that the Vette is such a low-volume seller that they couldn't justify spending the money on a new interior knowing that a next-gen model was only a couple of years aaway. Just look at the rest of the GM lineup to see that interiors FINALLY matter again in Detroit and I personally think they make some of the nicest ones in the industry.
          Mike B
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          10k-40k production run a year and you say is a low volume seller?
        Autoblogist
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RedHoodJT
        So, you wang a car that starts around $50k go have the interior of a $300k super car? That makes sense.
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Autoblogist
          The current Vette has a worse interior than a $20k, so how about you stop making excuses because it was terrible when it first came out and time has not been kind to the C6's interior at all. I can understand WHY GM has to wait till the next-gen car to improve it, but that's no reason to think that a $50k (that goes up to about $100k) shouldn't have a really nice interior.
      Me
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those vents and gauges are just awful. Look like they are out of a minivan.
        Tetratron
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Me
        You are tremendously stupid.
          Me
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tetratron
          Sorry to hurt your very biased feelings. Looks like Caddy is developing a new display which will be in this car as well. About time.
        You guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Me
        This isn't even the new Vette... but you already knew that.
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