It's official: Chevrolet will introduce the all-new, seventh-generation 2014 Corvette on the eve of the Detroit auto show on January 13, 2013. The sports car really is totally new: Chevrolet tells us that only the cabin air filter and removable roof panel latch carry over from the current C6 Corvette to the new C7 model.
"With the new Corvette, we set out to build a world-challenging sports car with design, refinement, efficiency and driver engagement that is second to none," Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter said in a statement.
While it will still be some time before we see official pictures, rather than spy photos, of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, the automaker has released an image of the car's new Crossed Flags logo. The famous emblem has changed multiple times throughout the Corvette's 59-year history; some of the most iconic Crossed Flags badges are shown in the image below.
"The new Crossed Flags design reflects the character of the next Corvette," GM global design vice president Ed Welburn said in a statement. "The flags are much more modern, more technical, and more detailed than before -- underscoring the comprehensive redesign of the entire car."
Before appearing on a stand at the 2013 Detroit auto show, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette will be revealed at a special event in downtown Detroit. Chevrolet will sell a small number of tickets for Corvette fans, with profits benefiting the National Corvette Museum. Enthusiasts can keep tabs on announcements about the new car at one13thirteen.com -- a website named for the car's introduced date of January 13, 2013.
Production of the current Chevrolet Corvette is already winding down, and the last of the C6 cars will be built in February. That means customers who want to be guaranteed a new Corvette must place their orders by October. The new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette will start production in the third quarter of 2013.
The automaker announced the new 2014 Corvette's debut date today at the Road Atlanta race circuit, after the Corvette Racing team captured the 2012 American Le Mans Series drivers' championship. That gives Corvette Racing a total of 77 wins, eight drivers' championships, and nine manufacturer championships in ALMS since 2001, making the factory team the most successful in ALMS history.