For the second month in a row, Car and Driver magazine has an update on the C7 Corvette, but this one landed on the cover. Titled “25 Cars Worth Waiting For”, the cover shot features a rendering of the 2013 Chevy Corvette C7 along with the 2012 Camaro ZL1 and the 2012 Porsche 911. But its the other picture in the article that has many a Corvette enthusiast commenting.
The second rendering in the article is the now-familiar mash up of the current C6 and the Transformer’s Sting Ray Concept. You’ll notice the widebody look of the Grand Sport/Z06/ZR1 is gone along with the rear brake-cooling air ducts. The twin round brake lights, another historical style cue from Vettes of years past, are missing in action, replaced with lights located in a recessed triangular grill. A thin feature strip creates the “Split Window” effect, but the article says that that may become an “option”.
Under the hood, we are hearing the same song and dance as the previous Car and Driver C7 update: a smaller displacement aluminum V8 that comes in around 5.5 liters. The new powerplant is speculated to feature direct port fuel-injection that will enable higher compression and active fuel management that can shut down cylinders for increased fuel efficiency.
I think its important to remind readers that this is all speculation. Several sites including our friends at CorvetteReport.com who posted these photos originally are running with this being a preproduction or mule. Car and Driver is in the business of selling magazines and if they had photos of the real thing, you wouldn’t be seeing a rendered Corvette on the cover.
For the record, I do like this “Transformers” Corvette as it adds a modern, jet-fighter look to the one part of the Corvette that most drivers on the road see (the rear!).
C7 Corvette Update in March 2011 Car and Driver
Motor Trend: The C7 Corvette Body is Done!
Motor Trend: C7 Corvette to Debut with New 5.5L 440 hp V8 Powerplant
GM Executives Squash Latest C7 Corvette Rumors