GM Talks More About the 2014 Corvette C7's Design and New 6.2-liter Small Block V8

It’s going to be a painfully long wait for Corvette and car enthusiasts alike until Chevrolet pulls the covers off the seventh generation of America’s most famous sports car series on Sunday, January 13, 2013.

GM is making sure we don’t forget about it with a steady release of bits and pieces of information and imagery that continues today with some details about the C7’s aerodynamic properties and the new Gen 5 small block V8 that will power the base models.

Beginning with the design, GM’s people state that the every line, detail and surface on the 2014 model has been “optimized for performance”.

Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer, elaborates:

“The all-new Corvette integrates more high-performance aerodynamic features than ever before, many taken directly from Corvette Racing,” he said. “For example, the front grill and radiator flow paths reduce lift, improving vehicle stability at high speeds by keeping the car pressed to the pavement. In addition, functional vents increase track capability by channeling air to the brakes, as well as heat exchangers for the transmission and differential.”

Kirk Bennion, Corvette exterior design manager supports the same adding that the C7 will be exciting to look at as well:

“Its sculpted design excites in all the ways that a Corvette has for six decades, with elements carefully shaped in the wind tunnel to increase airflow potential and improve cooling for a system that is as efficient as possible,” stated Bennion. “It’s said that form follows function, but in the case of the aerodynamic 2014 Corvette, form and function work cohesively to produce beautiful purpose.”

Besides the news on the 2014 Corvette’s styling, GM also dropped a new video from the presentation of the new 6.2-liter V8 engine.

Dubbed ‘LT1’, the Gen 5 unit churns out 450HP and 450 lb-ft (610 Nm) allowing the base coupe version of the C7 to hit 60mph (96km/h) in under 4 seconds, with the automaker also stating that it will return more than 26mpg on the highway.

PHOTO GALLERY

2014-Chevrolet-Corvette-HoodVent2014-Chevrolet-Corvette-BrakeCooling

VIDEO

EU Says It’ll Respond Swiftly To Any Trump-Imposed Auto Tariffs

If Trump goes ahead with his threats, the European Union is determined to react accordingly .

Watch A Twin-Turbo Lamborghini Huracan Hit 260 MPH In Half A Mile

259.67 miles per hour down a half-mile air strip is a new world record, achieved by a twin-turbocharged Lamborghini Huracan in Colorado.

Carlos Ghosn Says There’s No Chance Of A Renault-Nissan Merger

The head of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance says they’re not entertaining the prospect of merging into one big company .

Suzuki Has Sold HOW MANY Of These Tiny Minivans In Japan?

We’ll give you a hint: count all the 911s that Porsche has ever sold around the world, then multiply that figure by three.

TechArt GTsport ‘1 Of 30’ Sends Off The Current Porsche 911 Turbo S

640 horsepower makes a fine swan-song from TechArt for the outgoing Porsche 991.2 Turbo S.

Can The Jaguar I-Pace Keep Up With Tesla’s Model X?

They might be all-electric, but these two pack quite a punch – but which one is faster in a straight line?.

Cadillac XT5 Gets More Equipment, $1100-2500 Price Hike For 2019

New safety tech in the standard equipment list is the main reason for higher XT5 prices.

BMW X4 Driver Hits An X1 Trying To Overtake, Almost Rolls Over

That was a serious error by the X4’s driver, and they really should consider themselves lucky.

Drifting The Alpine A110 On Track Will Put A Smile On Your Face

With 252PS driving the rear wheels and a balanced chassis, the A110 powerslides at will.

Just In: This Is The 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

The wild Superleggera makes the DB11 AMR look restrained by comparison.