It's down to a matter of weeks until the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette makes its official reveal on January 13, 2013, but that hasn't stopped bits of information from trickling out. We now have a reasonable look at the final car thanks to these leaked patent renderings.
We've already spied the C7 Corvette out testing with varying amounts of camouflage. The 2014 Corvette's design will be mostly evolutionary, while pulling cues from the 2009 Corvette Centennial Concept. As we've already seen, the C7 Corvette will maintain the concepts flared fenders, aggressive rear vents, and central-mounted quad tailpipes. The overall shape of the 2014 Corvette is reminiscent of past models with the long, bulging nose and rounded greenhouse. From these renderings, it looks like the C7 will gain more conventional C-pillars in place of the rounded glass hatch on the C6 Corvette. The most dramatic change for the Corvette is around back: gone are the four, round taillights – in their place are four squared-off, deep-set clusters that clearly recall the lights on the Camaro.
These renderings also give us a good look at some of the advanced technology that the 2014 Corvette will offer. The heavily-upgraded interior will offer niceties such as heated and cooled seats, a cluster with traditional gauges and a digital screen (similar to that on the 2013 SRT Viper), and track-specific IP overlay. That track overlay looks to include things like steering angle, transmission gear, lap time, speed, G-forces, RPM, stability control setting, and even an GPS tracking map.
Powering the 2014 C7 Corvette will be General Motors' new LT1 6.2-liter V-8 engine. GM says the LT1 will make at least 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque while returning 26 mpg on the highway in the C7 Corvette. The new V-8 will be paired with a seven-speed manual in the 2014 Corvette. Compared to the current C6 Corvette's 6.2-liter V-8, the C7 will be up at least 20 hp and 26 lb-ft, and maintain the current car's highway fuel economy.
You won't have to wait much longer to find out the full official details on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette – it will make its debut on the eve of the 2013 Detroit auto show on 1/13/13.
Source: Corvette Forum