You Tell Us: Will Chevrolet's C7 Corvette Be New Enough?

The hiding is over: this, ladies and gentlemen, is your next-generation Chevrolet Corvette. While detailed technical specifications are still a bit up in the air, we at least know this: it's not a radical departure from the traditional Corvette formulaContrary to the perpetual rumors that suggested the C7 could - at long last - place its engine aft of the passenger compartment, the new car, as spied testing up in Canada, seems to retain its front-engine configuration.

Engine choices will certainly include several versions of GM's next-generation small-block V-8 (which will boast aluminum blocks, direct fuel injection, perhaps a bit less displacement, and what GM calls "an all-new advanced combustion design"), although there's still a good chance a fortified six-cylinder - perhaps one that's turbocharged or even supercharged  - could also be a possibility.

But will it be enough? Though it's hard to see past some of the padded camouflage, it appears the C7's design is a slightly more dramatic reinterpretation of what we've come to know on the C6. Though the car seems lower, longer, and wider than before, it also appears to be nowhere as drastic a departure from the C6 as, for instance, the Stingray/Centennial concept that's been shown for about two years now.

And should GM have finally pushed a mid-engine Corvette - long a dream of Corvette godfather/ chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov - into production? Although such a design would likely cost more to manufacture and subsequently prove considerably more expensive to purchase than previous Corvettes, some pundits believe such a car would do wonders for the 'Vette's reputation in sports car circles.

For now, the Stingray/Centennial remains a conceptual one-off (two-off, if you count the roadster version), and the only modern midengine Vette currently manufactured is designed solely for Daytona Prototype racing. But should this have truly been the case? Did GM really need to reinvent the wheel for the C7, or does the General have a good sense of what buyers want from the next-generation Corvette?

You tell us. Use the comments section below to send us your thoughts on where the Corvette is seemingly headed, along with what qualities - be it design, powertrain, chassis configuration, etc. - you'd like to see in your perfect Corvette. In the meantime, be sure to read our full story on the very first C7 spy shots by clicking here.

Peter G. Way
What a great dissapointment! I was earerly awaiting a dramatic C7 Corvette. What we are getting is a C5/C6 can't get our act together GM! Perhaps it's time to look at a custom corvette after all.
Tony T
Wow, what a missed opportunity. I guess Jalopnik had it right. What is really worrying is that the sales have been sliding for sometime now, and this car needed fresh thinking. This is not the case, as previous C3, C4, and C5 owner, it looks like GM might have two good years of sales on this car. But at the Glacial Change of Models on the Corvette, it is not a good situation.
Jon
I Agree, Its nothing revolutionary, hardly evolutionary. Its like the update on the Bentley Continental. REDUNDENT. Hopefully, the engines and interior are a well designed upgrade.
M
This car is basically going to be what Jalopnik showed. I hate to say it but he was right. This car is atrocious. It looks like a wannabe Ferrari 599. Despite the cladding, the overall shape is terrible. The ass end looks so big and bulky, espescially in profile. Terrible. I have loved Corvettes and owned two and have eagerly awaited this new C7. What a let down. If they wanted to make a new Corvette they should have reworked the Centennial Stingray concept. That was what a Corvette should look like. Not this abomination. Truly dissapointed.

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