All-New Corvette is Revealed

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April 15, 2014, will be the date of the release of a new variant of the seventh generation Corvette. You may have already seen the Z06 and the C7.R at the Detroit Auto show in January, but this isn’t either of those models. While Chevrolet has confirmed the revealing, it has revealed little about the new variant. It is unknown at this time when the new model will be available at Classic Chevrolet.

Corvette fans may see a fixed-roof model or a special edition to help launch the 2015 model year. If it is the coupe, that model could be the new point of entry for those in the market for a new Corvette.

The 2014 model year started the seventh generation for the popular sports car. GM considered mid-engine and rear engine layouts for this model year, but stuck with the front-engine, rear-wheel drive version so production costs would not be too high. The LT1 engine featured in the 2014 model is a 376 cubic-inch V8 engine that puts out 455 base horsepower. If buyers add the optional performance exhaust, the base horsepower jumps up to 460. This is not the first generation to see the LT1 and may not be the last. The LT1 made its first appearance in the fifth generation.

Unlike the older version, this version of the LT1 features direct injection, an active fuel management system and variable valve timing. The engine is backed by a seven-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

Additional new features that you will probably see on future model years include a carbon fiber hood, a removable roof panel, different tail lights, and carbon-nano composite underbody panels. You may also see more aluminum instead of composite material in the body.

The 2015 Corvette is expected to have at least 625 base horsepower in a supercharged LT4 aluminum 6.2-liter engine.

For more information about the upcoming models, keep your eye on this space. For more information including safety, security, entertainment, and convenience features of the 2014 models, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new Corvette.

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