2013 Detroit Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- A leaked sketch of the new C7 shows that the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette will continue to use transverse composite leaf springs.
- It stands to reason the same springing medium will be used in the back as well.
- This crucial bit of information does not mean the entire suspension has been carried over.
SANTA MONICA, California — Every time a new Chevrolet Corvette comes out a certain subset of the Corvette fan base wonders if its "unique" transverse composite leaf spring will finally be ditched in favor of coil over springs and shocks. Typically, these are the folks who take their Vettes to the track, the ones who want to tinker with the setup. A handful of aftermarket companies do a brisk business selling coil-over conversion kits to supply their needs.
A leaked sketch of the new C7 that showed up on a personal Facebook page gives us the answer: the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette will continue to use transverse composite leaf springs.
The spring appears as a tongue behind the lower wishbone in the black and white line drawing of the front suspension. Compare that to the first few pictures in our suspension walkaround of the 2011 Corvette Z06 and you'll get a better idea of how it all lays out.
No similar drawing of the rear appears on the same Facebook page, but it stands to reason the same springing medium will be at work back there as well.
This crucial bit of information does not mean the entire suspension has been carried over. There's far from enough detail here to see if the geometry has changed. For that we'll have to wait until General Motors is willing to reveal more details, likely at the 2014 Corvette's big debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
For now, at least, it's safe to say that the coil-over Corvette conversion side business is alive and well. And in the Vette versus Viper wars, track day tuners that own Vipers can tweak and fiddle all they want with the factory coil-over setup while the C7 Corvette faithful will need to open up their wallet and make some fundamental aftermarket changes.
Edmunds says: This may seem like old technology to some, but Chevrolet has proven over and over again that the transverse leaf spring can be used to great effect with the right design.