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Corvette C7 debuts at North American International Auto Show

Corvette fans, circle the date of January 13, 2013 on your calendars. Chevrolet has confirmed that this is the date the all-new seventh generation Corvette (C7) will officially be unveiled to a select media audience at a special showing prior its first public appearance on January 19, 2013 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit’s Cobo Center. The public unveiling marks 60 years almost to the day since the first Corvette wowed the audience at the 1953 GM Motorama in New York City’s Waldorf Astoria ballroom.

New Corvette C7 logo.
GM
C7 Corvette Gen 5 LT1engine
GM

C7 Corvette truly all new
The term “all new” has been bandied about by advertisers at one time or another for just about any product you can name. In the case of the C7, it’s an accurate description. According to Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer, “With the new Corvette, we set out to build a world-challenging sports car with design, refinement, efficiency and driver engagement that is second to none. The result is a truly all-new Corvette. There are only two carryover parts from the C6 used in the C7 – the cabin air filter and the rear latch for the removable roof panel.”

Corvette designers have gone so far as to create an updated and more modern emblem for the C7. “The all-new, seventh-generation Corvette deserved an all-new emblem,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. “The new Crossed Flags design reflects the character of the next Corvette. The flags are much more modern, more technical, and more detailed than before – underscoring the comprehensive redesign of the entire car.”

Advanced technology Gen 5 Small Block
The 2014 Corvette will be powered by a technologically advanced, racing proven 6.2 liter V-8, dubbed the LT1. Although the output, performance and fuel economy figures have not yet been finalized, the new Gen 5 Small Block LT1 is expected to deliver:

  • The most powerful standard Corvette ever, with preliminary output of 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm)
  • The quickest standard Corvette ever, with estimated 0-60 performance of less than four seconds
  • The most fuel-efficient Corvette ever, exceeding the 2013 EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon on the highway.

“The Holy Grail for developing a performance car is delivering greater performance and more power with greater fuel economy and that’s what we’ve achieved,” said Tadge Juechter. These seemingly contradictory achievements are the result of the most significant redesign in the Small Block’s nearly 60-year history. The new features include:

  • Direct fuel injection
  • Active Fuel Management which imperceptibly shuts down half of the cylinders during light-load driving
  • Refined continuously variable valve timing
  • All-new cylinder-head and piston designs
  • Tri-lobe camshaft to drive the direct injection high-pressure fuel pump
  • Patent-pending integrated positive crankcase ventilation system
  • Cast four-into-one exhaust manifolds

For complete details of this remarkable new engine, please visit the GM media site.

Corvette Museum Credentialed Visitor Tour Sold Out
Chevrolet kindly made 150 tickets to the credentialed media preview on January 13, 2012 available to the National Corvette Museum (NCM) to be sold to Corvette enthusiasts. The prices for the tickets to NCM members, which include two days lodging in Detroit, as well as all meals and local transportation, were $1,200 per couple or $995 for a single, with all benefits going to the museum. Non NCM members were charged an additional $50 for NCM membership. The NCM required full payment at the time of registration.

According to Roc Linkov, the Events Director for the NCM, the registration web site went live on Monday morning, October 22 and all tickets were sold “In less than 20 minutes.” The waiting list has 20 names and is also closed. Never doubt the devotion of Corvette fans!

The new Stingray?
We don’t know for sure if GM will resurrect the Stingray name for the new C7, but there is a bit of a paper trail that suggests that this is possible. General Motors LLC has filed a trademark application (Serial Number 85/041072) in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the mark “STINGRAY” with the intent to use the mark on “Motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles.” The application was allowed on September 13, 2011.

Under trademark law, the allowed application will not issue into a granted trademark until the mark is actually used in commerce on the designated goods. The law also allows the applicant to request extensions of time to actually use the mark until 3 years from the date of allowance, in this particular instance, until September 13, 2014. If the mark is not used in commerce by that date, the application will become abandoned. The USPTO has approved a second extension of time and the application is currently still pending actual use of the mark.

If the Corvette C7 goes on sale in mid-to-late 2013 as expected, the actual use of the STINGRAY mark will be well before the deadline of September 13, 2014.

Follow along as the curtain slowly rises
Chevrolet has established the 01.13.13 web site devoted to the unveiling of the C7 so you can follow along as they slowly raise the curtain on what promises to be a leap forward in Corvette technology. The site has locked links to teaser videos and lists the dates on which the links will be unlocked. We’ve included the first opened video in this article.

Chevrolet has promised Corvette fans that on 01.13.13 “Nothing will be the same.” We can’t wait!

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© October 2012 by Bruce Troxell

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