The 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit kicked off over the weekend with the unveiling of several new vehicles, including Chevrolet’s much-awaited Corvette C7. The 2014 Corvette C7 is the first redesigning of the iconic American sports car in almost a decade, and is a dramatically redesigned vehicle compared to its most recent predecessor.
Design-wise, the 2014 Corvette bears a strong resemblance to the classic Corvettes of old, particularly the 1963 Sting Ray which remains one of the most popular muscle cars of all time. Chevy had overhauled the headlights and grille on the new Corvette, and in other aspects of the car’s design, there are some similarities to present-generation Camaros. And vents can be located on the hood, on the side of the vehicle and on the tail area, aside from inside the car itself. The instrument panel has also undergone an overhaul, probably the most significant change that the Corvette has undergone in terms of interior design.
The 2014 Corvette will be powered by a 6.2-liter Gen V LT1 V8 engine with direct fuel injection rated at a muscular 450 horsepower, mated to a seven-speed or six-speed automatic; the seven-speed is the default transmission for the new ‘Vette. It will also feature cylinder deactivation, very helpful in ensuring optimum fuel economy. EPA figures have not yet been released, but highway mileage is expected to fall within the range of 25 mpg, very impressive for a sports car.
Pricing information has yet to be released, same with the release schedule. However, most auto reviewers predict that the 2014 Chevy Corvette will be out in the third quarter of 2013 with a price tag of no less than $50,000.