The Stingray Is Back: Chevy’s C7 Corvette

The latest version of the most iconic of American sportscars has just been revealed on the eve of the North American International Auto Show: behold the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette. The C7 will be officially launched in 2014 but available towards the end of next year to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the famous Chevy model.

Perhaps the most striking thing, looks aside, is that the new Corvette has resurrected the StingRay name for the base model, almost 40 years after the last Corvette carried that epithet.

The name might be retro, but the styling definitely isn’t: although it has a visual lineage that ties into its predecessors, the C7 is a much more angular, aggressive beast with hints of other contemporary Japanese and European supercars. A dab of R35 on the rear three-quarter; a touch of Ferrari there along the long nose; a Lamborghini angle on the splitter?

It’s at the back where the biggest change is apparent. Although we’ve lost the classic round tail-lights and curved uplift tail, it still looks pretty dramatic: just check out the central, quad pipes. There are definite hints of Camaro out back, but little of the rather awkward prototype (quad exhausts aside) revealed a year or so ago.

The Corvette will be the most powerful standard model ever, with over 450hp and 450lb-ft of torque on tap from its 6.2-litre aluminium V8.

Rumours about the engine location changing to mid-mounted have been premature, and the block is up front as it should be.

There are two transmission options: a six-speed sequential or manual seven-speed with Active Rev Matching for smoother downshifts – although it appears that the seventh manual gear is ultra tall for going into highway cruiser mode and keeping from having to find a gas station every couple of miles.

It’s a radical follow-on from the C6, with a completely new chassis and powertrain, cutting edge technology applied throughout and carbon fibre elements used on the modern-looking interior– which may shock some Corvette fans whilst others sigh with relief…

Carbon is also used for the hood and removable double-bubble roof panel, and composite materials have been used for the rest of the body.

Chevrolet claim that the C7 has a perfect 50/50 weight distribution, so handling should be significantly improved in association with the lightweight body and stiffer frame – despite the kerb weight coming in heavier than the C6. The numbers ‘911’ have been mentioned by Corvette engineers…

For that extra push there will also be a Z51 Performance Package, which adds an electronic limited-slip diff, shorter gearing, Bilstein dampers and dry sump oil system under the skin plus larger rims and a unique aero kit. This is just a taster of what’s to come for the new Corvette – we can expect Z-prefixed street racers in the near future – and as an entrée it’s all a pretty exciting prospect. Will the Viper’s 600hp be the target, but with modern handling to match?

Jonathan Moore

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60 comments
Option13
Option13

I love how people here call it overdesigned, then turn around and jizz about BenSopra's hideous bodykits. At least the vents on this thing are functional. Gotta agree though, the rear is overdone. And the vents should be body color. Other than that, incredibly sexy.

gotwell
gotwell

its busy, inspired, loud, i was really hoping it wouldnt get the camaro tail light treatment, and i totally LIKE it. 

dadecode
dadecode

Surprised at all the hate on here. Especially for a place devoted to all things fast and performance orientated. Luckily on just about every poll out there from the non enthusiast perspective, GM appears to have a winner on thier hands. I'm sure it will sell in far higher numbers than the Euro and JDM competition. Which means that there will be plenty of affordable C7s (and C6s) on the used market in the future with great modability potential for us and future SpeedHunters to enjoy and abuse! It's funny how some guys can be all about car snobbery Nd show such love to European and Japanese cars that in reality are or we're little more than rare, expensive, and delicate trinkets or bland econoboxes (that just happened to be cheap to modify) yet hate on many awesome USDM performance cars that are both tough and affordable, and have far higher performance envelopes. It would seem if you are about performance such cars would trump modified Volvos or Corollas any day all day; US made or not.

pesugob6
pesugob6

From the ultimate car guy to the ultimate review, i'd like to see what Jay Leno thinks about this....He is a big Corvette fan. 

OutlawDrifter89
OutlawDrifter89

I'll give serious credit to GM. They are one of the few manufactures with the exception of Nissan who put out something on par with world super cars and still make stuff the average Joe can buy.

ChristopherMathes
ChristopherMathes

Never read so many arguments by people who are clueless when it comes to automobiles. Opinions are fine, but how can all of you be engineers?  I don't like some of the looks but you can actually see a photo comparison of all the cars mentioned on JALOPNIK and even next to the viper , gtr, and ferrari the vette is easily distinguishable. Posers and fanboys making comments...oh wait I'm on speedhunters not MOTOIQ!

hanablemoore
hanablemoore

LOL you guys are import guys for sure. If a toyota or nissan badge was on it  you'll say its the greatest thing since water. I love it. Btw borrowing design cues is nothing new.Manufactures been doing it since cars existed.  

MatthewScott1
MatthewScott1

I don't care what anyone says..................I love it! Would still prefer the c6 zr-1 though

Jordan_Burgess
Jordan_Burgess

Sorry but that is hideous. When I saw the front I thought it was the new Viper. Not saying the Viper is ugly, quite the opposite, but  it looks like Chevy have just ripped it off.

 

It looks like the Camaro and new Viper's mutant lovechild. Seriously disappointed.

Bridges
Bridges

I was blown away for about 5 seconds when I saw this. Looks great for an instant, then you start finding things that irritate you about the design. Why did they make this car try to fit into their mediocre lineup style-wise instead of taking the opportunity to make this the flagship car and design leader for the brand? "Let's make the Corvette look more like the cheaper Camaro". Really? Compare a front on view of this and the new Viper and I swear you won't be able to tell the difference. With all the trinkets and lines on this car, it will look outdated in 2-3 years and be a forgotten generation. It's a shame.

FrancescoDiGiuseppe
FrancescoDiGiuseppe

GM learned how to engineer a car for the 21st century.Still can't make it look good.Just no.

Mighty_Mite50
Mighty_Mite50

I don't know, I kinda like it but...it is a bit fussy, design wise; some nice elements and, personally, I think the proportions are nice. Seven speed manual though, come on...

Larry Chen
Larry Chen moderator

Please don't be a digital dash.....

t.Menoncin
t.Menoncin

And still leaf springs, maybe that's why its called Stingray

TheShinigami
TheShinigami

I agree with everyone who say the rear is messed up badly. I mean IT IS a wide car, it's large, you gotta mark it up for anyone behind.

Just to me the C5 is still the best corvette they've made, I liked C6 less since front lights weren't as good.

greenroadster
greenroadster

They really fucked up up that rear end! This car could have been epic! Greatest history in the States, cool name for a long time. The front end and the performances are up to expectations....but thats it. Feel sorry for the fans, I know they dont like it either. Check the forums. :((((

If you want a Camaro, buy a Camaro, why they think that 2 Camaro end would sell well??

Brian Telford
Brian Telford

A little over designed for my taste, looks like they threw the kitchen sink at it.  Already looks a little goofy and dated.

Aaron
Aaron

Wow, a dry sump system. GM is really stepping up their performance.

regdrunkguy
regdrunkguy

i feel this new corvette is just another sign were all soon gonna be saying "remember  the days when sports cars came with 6 speed manuals"

Bcblackman
Bcblackman

The angles of the rear clash with the quad round exhaust tips. The whole thing is just too busy design wise.

JoshChaney
JoshChaney

I like everything but the back. It's absolutely horrible from the back. And when you say sequential gearbox, is that an auto with a manual mode or are we talking a true, flat-shifted, dog geared sequential?

BlackJacket
BlackJacket

tail panel is hideous, love the technology but not the styling 

LouisYio
LouisYio

*Sees C7 Corvette

*Claps hysterically like a seal

*Looks at bank account

*Cries hysterically like a seal

dadecode
dadecode

the car is HOT. I'm no longer saving up for a C6 GS, or Z06. I now want a BASE C7 Stingray. my only question is; if the base Corvette is this good, what will they pull out of the hat for the Z06 and ZR1?!

zackspeed333
zackspeed333

To bad the car will not be at all close to the pictures. Looks ok but its going to be cheap as crap build quality just like the Camero and everything else they build. Plastic poop is what this is.

Hanma
Hanma

I'm sure the engineering and performance will all be there, but the aesthetics are unoriginal and unappealing. The front end is a blatant copy of a Ferrari which was already copied by the Viper. And no iconic round tail lights? The roof line also looks like it was copied off the Ferrari, yet wasn't implemented properly. The front is curvy, yet the rear is angular. All in all, it's as if two or three separate design teams consisting of 10 year olds worked on different sections of the car without any form of communication or knowing what the rest of the car would look like.


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