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C7 Corvette Prototypes Captured During Cold Weather Testing

by Keith Cornett on January 19, 2012

C7 Corvette Prototypes Captured During Cold Weather Testing

With the introduction of the C7 Corvette coming next year, we’re assuming that the engineering members of the Corvette Team are hard at work with shaking down the new car in a variety of environments. Proving this are these spy photos from our friends at both Jalopnik and Autoblog, who captured two cloaked C7 Corvette prototypes playing in the snow at an unknown location.

While the Jalopniks are turning this into a victory lap following their much publicized 2014 Corvette ZR1 renderings with a “See, we were right”, Autoblog’s post was a little more instructive in pointing out the differences between the covered prototypes and the current C6 street car.

As we found with the previous mules, the C7 Corvettes pictured in the spy photos does appear to have a slightly longer wheelbase. Right off the bat, we see that the front grill opening doesn’t stretch as far across the front as the current C6, and it also appears to have a wider opening from top to bottom. On the rear, the four exhaust tips are close together in a row instead of the off-center style of the C6.

There is no mistaking that this is a Corvette when looking at the profile. Something is going on in the B-pillar area that seems to give the roofline a more tapered look and the rear deck does appear to be slightly higher but that could be due to the covering. Autoblog also points out that the rear view mirrors are a different design than the current model with the mirror area is more squared-off.

Take a look at the spy photos and then let us know what you think in the comments below.

The C7 is expected in 2013 as a 2014 model year Corvette. Check out our C7 Corvette coverage to see what else the General has in store for the next generation Corvette.


Source:
Jalopnik and Autoblog

Related:
Jalopnik to Reveal ‘Real’ C7 Corvette on Monday at Noon; Updated with Photo of 2014 Corvette ZR1
RUMOR: C7 Corvette to Lose Split-Window, Retain 6.2L V8
Bob Lutz: C7 Corvette is a “Much Bolder and More Dramatic Design”

 

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