Spied: 2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette Caught Again With Upscale Interior

With the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette's expected January debut drawing closer, the C7 Corvette is undergoing its final testing. Our spy photographer caught the sports car out testing, and managed to snap detailed photos of the interior.

Long holding back the Corvette was its low-rent interior. The photos reveal a new set of seats that are not only ready for track duty but also look to be inspired by those found in the Lamborghini Aventador. There is also a new, thick-looking small-diameter steering wheel.

Outside, we get our first good look at the C7 Corvette's rump. The center-mounted quad exhaust from the 2009 Corvette Centennial Design Concept seems to make it to production, and an LED rendition of the classic four-circle taillights can be clearly seen through the camouflage. On these prototypes, the lights look a little on the small side – these units are not the final versions, as we've previously seen that the Corvette will use squared-off taillights that look very close to those of the Camaro.

Speaking of the Camaro, our spy shooter caught the 2014 Corvette parked next to a 2013 Camaro ZL1 and the Corvette looks a fair bit smaller than its muscle-car sibling. We already knew that the Corvette's wheelbase would stretch for increased high-speed stability and comfort, but, overall, the C7 will be smaller than the outgoing C6 Corvette. From what we can see, the C7 Corvette wears its smaller size well – the arching roofline, flared front fenders, and low nose translate nicely on the new car's design.

As we've previously reported, a 5.5-liter version of Chevrolet's next small-block V-8 engine should show up under the Corvette's hood. The eight-cylinder will likely be tuned to produce around 440 hp – 10 more hp than the current 6.2-liter V-8 – and send its power to the rear wheel through either a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

Take a look at the spy shots below and stay tuned for more news on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette as its debut comes closer. Expect to see the C7 unveiled at the 2013 Detroit auto show in January.

Lauren Toman
I am sorry, but squaring off the tail lights?  That is just wrong!  That must have have been to save money and use camaro parts! If we wanted a camaro, we'd buy one!
Still got my 2003 50th annv. ...after 2004 they all look like imports...long live the C5
Duane Scheuer
Never ever made a bad Corvette they all rock. Could use some help with my C4 though but I love it to death.
So, how much longer do we have to wait for the move to a mid-engine version?
Rick P.
I wouldn't be so sure and certain that the tail lights are going to be squared off, similar to the lights of the Camaro. It does not make styling sense to throw off a round light tradition of many years for lights that are like those on a lesser species. The only real support for your argument are that the lights on the Daytona Prototype are flat across the top.
Wow so you've concluded this is an "upscale" interior based on a picture showing a change in shape of the seat back and steering wheel? Thats some hard hitting journalism right there folks!
Sally Rand
Total waste of time, going through 32 photos and only learning that the car has weird looking headrests, and not seeing anything of exterior styling.
I wonder if there will be more interior room in this version. Maybe I will even be able to fit!
Highly doubt the new 'Vette will have rectangular taillights. A lot of people don't even like them on the Camaro, and Chevy's taking some heat from those same people for putting them on the new Malibu. Plus, in the article you linked to for "proof" of the rectangular taillights...It looks like the shape is part of the camo; you can plainly see that the actual lights themselves are indeed round. Now, that might just be part of the equipment left over from the C6, and the taillights on the production C7 may be taken right from the Camaro. But, like I said, I doubt it.

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