Patent Illustrations Basically Reveal Final Design of 2014 Chevrolet Corvette

By Jacob Brown | December 26, 2012
Earlier this month at the launch of the 2013 Buick Encore crossover, we were told by a General Motors employee two things about the upcoming 2014 Chevrolet Corvette: 1) It might offend traditionalist and 2) it would be a radical departure from the sixth-generation Corvette. Early indications show the employee wasn't kidding. Earlier today, a member of Corvette Forums, "Blue Ox," dumped a bunch of pictures of what look to be the seventh-generation sports car onto the internet, providing details along the way of what it will have in it. While still an evolution of the tried and true formula that's made the Corvette one of the best performance values in the world, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette will diverge drastically in its technology and refinement.
Starting with the interior, forum member--and apparently person with information--Blue Ox says it will have configurable thin-film screen gauges, lateral g-force graphics indicator, a configurable engine sound management system to quiet the car down in neighborhoods or let it come alive on the track, and a performance data recorder. All of that will be housed in a vastly nicer interior than the outgoing car's, with racing-style bucket seats instead of the relatively flat, wide seats that VFW members likely prefer.
The front appears to have raked, vertical-style headlights with a hood-mounted air vent, and side strakes that give it a more modern look. The side retains a Corvette-traditional profile, albeit with rear pillars that separate new side windows and abbreviate what has been a wrap-around rear window design cue used on all but the first generation of 'Vette. The pictures match much of what we've seen so far in spy shots taken of prototypes seen testing.
Finally, at the back, the pictures show a tail light cluster influenced by the Camaro's--the first non-ovoid tail lights since the fourth-generation Corvette--and a war paint-l00king surround that matches what we saw earlier this year in an accidentally distributed supplier video.
Sure, these are simply patent drawings of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette. We're sure it's going to be a whole lot more interesting when we get the chance to see it at the Detroit Auto Show next month. Seeing how it is expected to be lighter, courtesy of an aluminum structure instead of steel; faster, courtesy of a 450-horsepower LT1 V-8 engine that's up 24 horsepower; and at least as fuel-efficient as the 26 mpg highway current car, thanks in part to a new seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, the Corvette has a lot more to it than any simple illustrations are likely to reveal. We'll probably have more details on it before its January 13 reveal, but we anticipate we'll be swooning over the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette whether we see production-ready pictures of the C7 Corvette leak out before the show or not. Source: Corvette Forums via Corvette Blogger