The Corvette is the very definition of a halo car, and the fact that 2013 marks its sixtieth year in production is nothing short of a miracle. The seventh-generation Corvette is still a model year away, during which time Chevy plans to send off the C6 with a special edition 60th Anniversary 427 Convertible.

Development of the C7, however, continues at full speed, and we have the very first shots of a prototype being tested in cold weather to prove it. The car in question is wrapped in vinyl covering, underneath which hides the familiar black-and-white swirl paint job we see so often on prototypes. Even still, we can identify some aspects of the evolution that will take place between the C6 and C7.

For one, comparing profile shots of this prototype with the C6, it's apparent that the front wheels have moved farther forward, increasing the dash-to-axle ratio and likely the wheelbase. The rear end also appears to be larger, with a higher deck lid and slightly longer overhang. We also noticed that this prototype's side mirrors are a different shape than the C6's, and its dual tailpipes are positioned closer together to form a perfectly spaced line of four pipes.

There's no evidence of a split rear window and a mid-engine layout is clearly not in the cards. These photos should put those wild rumors to rest, but what's under the hood and how the interior has been improved are still unknowns.


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      onewayroll
      • 2 Years Ago
      judging by GM's recent efforts, I'm 95% percent sure the C7 is going to be the best Vette yet.
        FriskyDingo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @onewayroll
        Judging by these mules, and the jalopnik renderings, it may also be the ugliest.
        Solider 95B
        • 2 Years Ago
        @onewayroll
        Best vette indeed, and probably best looking if those pics at Jalo are to be trusted. Another winner from Chevrolet I see.
      adam
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just hope they don't go to retro like they did with the Camaro. I like the look of the Camaro, but I prefer function over fashion. While the new Camaro's are impressive, I think they would of been much better had they done away with the exaggerated forms both inside and out, along with better visability. They seemed to of forgetten that somebody will actually be driving the car. Back to the Corvette, I'll be curious how they improve the C6.....seems like the C6 is already about as good as you can get while still keeping some traditional traits. Hope it's good, always been a fan of the Corvette. For a true sports car, it's the best bang for the buck.
      L Randall Kicklighte
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks as though the tail lights have gone to LED Bulbs.....you can see the individual LED's..
      aeheywood
      • 2 Years Ago
      The '67 Sting Ray was simply the most beautiful American car ever made. We'll not see it's like again.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 2 Years Ago
      OOH! OOH! A new generation sportscar! Time for the "wish list" to begin (as real as possible)! Base V8 model: $45-65k, direct injection small block, 5.5L, 450hp, all Corvettes get 7 speed manual with a dual clutch option on non hardcore models. Z06: $70-90k, supercharged DI 5.5, 550hp, under 3000lbs, stripped, hardcore ZR1: $120-150k, twin turbo DI 5.5, 700hp, world class refinement and a much better interior. But wait!!! How about an entry level (maybe sub-corvette) model with a V6 for under $40k base? Can also be super lightweight and balanced as a result of a smaller engine. How about one with a big block meant only for turnkey drag racing? How about a limited production (non road legal) consumer version of the C7.R, a turnkey track racecar for trackdays, spec racing, and private GT entries? And maybe a T-top, convertibles, retro edition, Stingray, and whatnot? Anyone got any better ideas? Nothing silly like GTR AWD, electric drive, or full sized rear seats. Ok, the seats would be cool...
        Danaon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        The base model will start between $40-60k. No 5.5L displacement for the Gen V except in race applications. 5.3 and 6.2 displacements will carry over, so expect 6.2L NA as the base engine, probably at around 470-490hp (due to DI, VVT, lowered internal friction). No dual clutch, at least at launch. 7 speed manual is a maybe. Z06: Dunno. No word on whether or not the 7.0L displacement will carry over. If not, it's possible that they would go with 5.3L NA base and 6.2L NA for the Z06. I doubt it though. ZR1: Doubt they would use a twin turbo. Probably a supercharger, as it's more compact. It won't be under 3000 lbs. Would expect no lower than 3200. Also, putting a V6 (like the 3.6 DI) in a Corvette would give almost no weight savings. The v6 is almost as heavy as a Gen 4 NA aluminum block SBC.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Danaon
          Oh, I heard that GM was developing a new small block based off the 5.5 racing mill, and slightly downsizing + DI seems to be what the most credible reports say. And considering the current z06 is 3100lbs, a hardcore version of a C7 z06 should crack 3000 easily. And I think that the V6 would be because of the potential for a lower powered sportscar for about $30k, not solely because it is lighter.
        Mike B
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        I like your ideas, I just a feel it is a bit of overkill the 550hp and 700hp in a car this lightweight.
      FRANKS PLACE
      • 2 Years Ago
      I WISH I STILL HAD MY OLD '56 VETTE!!!
      Dreez28
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hard to tell what's all going on under there, but I see some interesting tidbits of detail. I noticed the tail light opening are round in the canvas but underneath looks to be more rhombusish. The body also seem stretched out a bit...which I personally like. I think this car is going to look pretty sweet when the sheets get pulled. I agree with others on here though, it does look a bit "safe" at this point, and not pushing the envelope like the stingray concept from the Transformers movies.
      willspdns
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was at the Barrett-Jackson famed auction in Scottsdale, AZ yesterday and they have the 60th anniversary Corvette on display already....it looks fantastic! Aiongside, there is an original 1953 Vette...what a display!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      • 2 Years Ago
      THIS SHOT: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/chevy-corvette-c7-prototype-spy-shots/#photo-4762129/ diggin' that stance!
      brunswick90210
      • 2 Years Ago
      The front lights almost look like the Ferrari California's. Although it's hard to tell with that camo, but pretty similar imo.
      Lada F1 team
      • 2 Years Ago
      It has different sized tires left to right, i didn't know you could test like that!
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