2013 Detroit Auto Show: Chevrolet Corvette
2013 Detroit Auto Show
What Is It?
2014 Chevrolet Corvette
What's Special About It?
If you need to know why the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette is special, we have two words for you: everything, and whaaa?
An all-new Corvette is a big deal. Like a tremendous, colossal big deal. During his comments at the reveal of the new car, GM boss Mark Reuss summed it nicely: "The Corvette is why I work for this company." The atmosphere was electric during the reveal in the expansive downtown Detroit space, and it's rare to see this level of genuine excitement at the launch of a new car. Just the grins on the faces of Reuss, Design Chief Ed Welburn and Lead Engineer Tadge Juechter would be enough to light up half the city.
Oh, the car. Yes, that was there, too. When the scarlet C7 rolled onto the stage after a prolonged video tease touting its technical achievements, cheers erupted. The C7 is striking. There will be quibbles about the overly fussy rear end treatment, but there's no denying that this is an aggressive, well-proportioned and thoroughly modern car.
There are a few key attributes we still don't yet know about the C7 (specifically pricing, EPA fuel economy and final power and torque). The company line is that if you can afford the C6, you can afford the C7, so we estimate a near 10 percent bump in price. And even if the power and torque stay at the preliminary 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet thresholds, it ought to have plenty of grunt.
What Edmunds Says:
It's got all the right moves on paper and looks terrific. The real litmus test will be found behind the wheel, but so far it appears to be a stellar package. We're excited.
Base Price: $54,000 (estimated)
Engine: 6.2-liter direct-injected pushrod V8
Gearbox: Seven-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Power: 450 horsepower at 5,800 rpm, 450 torque at 4,400 rpm (preliminary)
Fuel Mileage: 16 city/27 highway (estimated)
Dimensions: 177-inch length, 48.6-inch height, 73.9-inch width, 106.7-inch wheelbase