See that emblem at the top of the post? That’s the logo for the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette—Generation C7. It’s not that different, but the car itself will be.
That new car, the 2014 Corvette, will be making its world debut on January 13th, 2013, in Detroit—the night before the Detroit Auto Show media days begin. The car will go into production in August or September 2013; however, the last C6 will roll off the line in February, as the Bowling Green, Kentucky plant needs to be shut down for six months to retool for the C7. Next-gen Corvettes should be rolling off the assembly line by Labor Day 2013. (If you have your heart set on a C6, you can still submit an order for one until the end of December.)
Blame the long retooling period on all the differences between the C6 and C7 Corvettes. GM says the next ‘Vette will share only two parts with the outgoing model: the rear latch for the removable roof panel (well, looks like we know the pop-top roof is coming back) and the cabin air filter. Every other one of the car’s thousands upon thousands of parts will be new…including one of Chevy’s new generation of small-block V8s, which is likely to be a bit smaller, a good deal more fuel efficient (especially when combined with the rumored seven-speed manual) and hopefully a little more powerful. More information about the new small-block family—which will also power future Camaros, SSs, Silverados, Suburbans, Tahoes, Yukons, Sierras, Escalades, and anything else GM needs to lob a giant V8 in—will be revealed October 24th.
“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. Based on what we’ve heard, it should be smaller, lighter, sharper, and a lot nicer inside. And come January 14th, all we’ll have left to discover is just how it drives. [via Automotive News]