I can’t think of a car that’s ever gotten more attention before anyone knows anything about it. To say the next-generation Corvette is hotly anticipated is like saying the upcoming election is mildly competitive.
Speculation regarding the C7 ‘Vette has run rampant for over three years. (One of the first posts about it on our blog was in September 2009, when we were convinced the split rear window would return.)
Only now are we beginning to get clues as to what will power the car, but we’re still mostly in the dark about what it’ll look like or what its exact specs will be.
So far we know two things for sure: The car will debut on January 13 next year, and at least one engine option will be an all-new small-block 6.2-liter V8 known as the LT1.
Entire blog posts could be devoted to the engine alone, but I’ll sum up the highlights:
Preliminary numbers suggest no less than 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, as well as an estimated 0-60 time of less than 4 seconds when installed in the base C7. Whoa!
It should deliver impressive fuel economy, too, by making use of cylinder deactivation and direct injection. It’s reasonable to assume this new mill will also show up in other applications, perhaps the Chevy/GMC trucks and SUVs and maybe the Cadillac CTS-V.
While the small-block V8 certainly isn’t the engine of the future, it’s proving that it’s got at least a few million more units in it before being replaced with something more modern.
We’ll know everything there is to know about the C7 Corvette on the evening of January 13, 2013, when it debuts in Detroit. Until then, I’m sure we’ll see a steady stream of official teasers, the first of which is the newly revised Crossed Flags logo. It’s not much, but for now, it’ll have to do!
Based on the engine alone, do you think the C7 Corvette will live up to expectations?