If you want a tour of the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, or if you want to pick up your brand-new car there, you have until September 14 to make it happen. After that, according to a report in The Detroit News, the factory will close to retool for production of the next-generation Corvette, the C7. No timeline has been given for how long the assembly lines will be hidden from public view.

As for what they'll be building, for a car that has endured as much focused speculation as Roswell and Area 51 (and seemingly for just as long), it's a testament to the Chevrolet development team that we can still only guess. As for putting pictures to the theories, we've seen a rendering that some have suggested has real clout, we got a look at the front fascia a few weeks ago, a speculative visualization video a couple of days ago that we really hope is off base and, naturally, spy shots. We don't know when it will be revealed but, relatively speaking, it shouldn't be long now.


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      atvman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not really too concerned with performance numbers, it's going to post good ones. Hell, even if they're no better than the current car they'll still be good. What I'd like to see is an improvement in overall refinement. The control feel (steering, shifter, clutch, brakes) just isn't as polished as what you'll get in a Porsche. Take the Recaro seats out of the CTS V, give it build quality and materials from the Regal, and make it feel as refined to drive as the ATS supposedly is and it'll be perfect. GM has shown it can do these things in other cars, just put it all together in the Corvette.
      Euphrentic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow.... Its zebrafied and almost fully covered up. They're not playin'! I've never liked the A-pillar on 'vettes but I appreciate how it ties the generations together. My fingers are crossed for an awesome interior!
      Nickoo
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM's secrecy is ridiculous, build up hype for the product and it will sell, otherwise lose sales to Porshe, GTR, etc...Same on the truck front, who's going to wait around for the new Silverado when they can go get a RAM with air suspension, hemi, 8 speed, etc.
        icon149
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nickoo
        and if GM releases lots of teasers you'll be b!tching about how stale it looks before it is even released. This the the right way to release a car, keep it secret until you unwrap it.
        Adrian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nickoo
        Did you just compare a Corvette to a SILVERADO?! Shows how little you know about cars.
        l9t8z
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nickoo
        Yet people do wait around as Ram sales are far off the mark of Silvarado and the Vette is still the best selling higher end sports car. No opinion there, just facts ::shrugs::
        transam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nickoo
        As a GM guy I would never consider anything but a Vette, or Camaro. Same for the truck its GM or nothing, so I can wait. I would assume that the bulk of Vette and Silverado/Sierra, Tahoe and Suburban buyers are the same brand loyal. I am sure that there are some who cross shop but I doubt it makes up more than a small percentage of sales.
          sstowes
          • 2 Years Ago
          @transam
          @ transam, I think that's the problem though. It's all very safe. The Corvette folks and Bow-Tie devotees will love it, but will it attract other consumers? Look at the GT-R versus the 911 or the Audi R8 versus the 911. In both cases, you probably had guys that would normally look at a 911, at the least, intrigued by the GT-R and R8. While the R8 is undoubtedly more attractive, I think getting more people in the door that wouldn't normally be in the door should be the goal. Sales to brand loyalists are almost a given. Sales and brand growth? Not necessarily. I know they're in different categories, but I look at Ford's Mustang as an example. Ford has said the next version will move away from retro design to a more modern/futuristic, sexy design in order to appeal to new markets and/or markets it may not have appealed to before. I'd love to have seen that happen with the Vette but it doesn't appear that's going to happen this time around. I'm not shocked by that. I expected it. I'm just disappointed I wasn't wrong about it.
          4gasem
          • 2 Years Ago
          @transam
          I personally am NOT brand loyal... I'm a CAR guy... I don't care who makes it. If I like it, I buy it.
          transam
          • 2 Years Ago
          @transam
          @4gasem, Car guy and brand loyal need not be mutualy exclusive. I appreciate and respect cars from a broad spectrum of brands although my choice is brand loyal for the most part.
          transam
          • 2 Years Ago
          @transam
          @sstowes, The cars that you are talking about are very niche models and I believe that the vast majority of their sales are to brand loyalists. While the trucks have huge sales and are in no way niche models, they too have incredibly loyal buyers. Its the mainstream models that have far less brand loyal buyers (although many of the big players enjoy or 50% repeat buyers like Camry, Accord, Malibu...) I'd be suprised if a whole lot of 911 owners switched to Audi or Nissan, same with Vette owners. I personally know three Vette owners and none of them would buy anything else.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nickoo
        The irony there is that usually GM is berated for releasing too much info too son and then everyone complains about how long it took to come to market. Look at the Volt and Camaro, both took the industry standard 3yrs to go from concept to production but you'd think it was 10yrs based on all the comments people made. Now they are being secretive and there are complaints about being so secretive. Can't please everyone I guess.
      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have it on good word that it will be mid engine, all wheel drive, and feature a diesle inline 5 cylinder. The body panels will be made out of magnesium with a carbon fiber monocoque.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      No one is worried about the C7's performance. We all know its going to be a hell of a performer, both in a straight line and in the curves. The Corvette (at least recent ones) can hold their own against anyone in that department. The C6's biggest issues have been twofold. A cut rate interior and a lack of exclusivity. I have little doubt that this C7 will have a vastly improved interior. Just looking at GM's latest offerings, its obviously that interiors are FINALLY an important part of their design process. The exclusivity part is the trickiest to solve. The Corvette is just not as "special" as many of its more expensive European competitors. When someone is dropping ~$75k on a car, ultimately performance numbers don't mean nearly as much as having a car that few others on the road have. Be it wacky Lambo-style door and look-at-me styling, a shrieking engine note like a Ferrari, or stunning bodywork like an Aston Martin. All these amazing cars have some kind of "gimmick" (for lack of a better word) to attract buyers. Where does the Corvette fit into that? They undercut most of those other brands in price, but if not for its too-evolutionary styling and fairly pedestrian front-end/rear-drive layout, there is no reason that GM couldn't go head-on with those other cars and start charging (near) Ferrari-money for the Corvette.
        atvman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        The Corvette isn't about catering to the uber-rich like Ferrari and Lamborghini, it's suppose to be an attainable super car. Trying to make it a Ferrari competitor will kill the car.
      sstowes
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I may be honest here, if that rendered video is a close representation of what the C7 Vette will look like, I'll be underwhelmed. Based on the Jalopnik drawings (and I'm hearing those were spot-on), I feel like it's a bit of a missed opportunity to make something...special. Something for the occasion. This is more like a refresh trying to fit in with the rest of the Chevy lineup (particularly with the square taillamps). I just wish the designers took a clean sheet and said "start over. Go back to the early Corvettes and figure out what made them desirable. Multiply that times several decades of sex appeal and don't come back until it doesn't look like a refreshed C6". As is, this is shaping up to be like choosing Anne Hathway over Salma Hayek. While Salma is mysterious, charming and stunning, even in a sundae (google that image...), Anne is attractively appealing, but safe, even in a catsuit with knives for heel spikes. Subjectively speaking, of course. :-)
        sstowes
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sstowes
        In case you couldn't find it. Apparently, she's done the ad for Burger King's bacon sundae, so the old pics aren't coming up: http://uglytruthnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/salma-Hayek11.jpg http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/hedonisticpleasureseeker/Media/SalmaWhippedCream.jpg
      l9t8z
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope the taillights arent Camaro like, like in the non-GM renderings. With a rich heritege dating back to 1953, this Vette damn well better not have any Camaro inspired design cues.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honestly I love the C6 Grand Sport the way it is right now and the newer seats in it are pretty good. Honestly you can't beat it for the price. Is the interior a little on the cheap side, maybe, but I can live with it. I am assuming that GM addressed the interior issues so the new one should be excellent.
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even with the heavy vinyl camo, one can deduce they are not rocking the boat with this next gen. That might be good and safe, but I was hoping for a sea change with this generation. I would like to feel the excitement that was generated with the change from the '62 to the '63.
        l9t8z
        • 2 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        I think the most dramatic change will be to the interior and extensive mechanical/power and drivetrain changes.
          montoym
          • 2 Years Ago
          @l9t8z
          And that's really where it's been needed. I'm all for that as well. I'm fine with the styling as it is now and what I've seen for the C7 as well.
        Donny Hoover
        • 2 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        I love how the C6 vette looks but it would be nice to see them go retro, and retro in a good way, not that hideous transformers stingray concept. The karl kustom corvettes are gorgeous. It would have been pretty cool to see GM do something like that for the C7.
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Personally, I think GM has learned it's lesson with the Camaro. They hyped it for ages, and by the time it hit the market, it no longer felt fresh. Plus there was enough time for competitors to steal the thunder. GM knows the Corvette is their true halo car, not just for Chevy, but for GM and even America in a way. They also know the new Viper is awesome, and competition is tight from across the ponds. I have a suspicion that Jalopnik's renderings are accurate, but not of the true design. I have a feeling that GM "let slip" a rejected design to throw everyone off, which would be a brilliant move. At least I hope this is the case, because it's awful.
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 2 Years Ago
      It has just been officially announced that it will be a mid-engine 4WD with a twin turbo V6.
      ann
      • 2 Years Ago
      thanks this
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