Feast your eyes on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (live photography)
For months now, the automotive world has been grasping at anything pertaining to the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette from spy shots to service manual images to tooling videos to the recent GM teaser videos but tonight the wait is over – the C7 is here. Tonight at an invite-only event in Detroit, General Motors introduced the seventh generation of the Corvette and while all of the leaked images gave us a pretty good idea of what to expect but that doesn’t make the introduction of the progressive new Corvette any less exciting – or impressive. Along with the new engine, the fully redesigned exterior and the refined, high end interior comes the return of the Stingray name that so many associate with the great Corvettes of the 1960s.
“Stingray is one of the hallowed names in automotive history,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. “We knew we couldn’t use the Stingray name unless the new car truly lived up to the legacy. The result is a new Corvette Stingray that breaks from tradition, while remaining instantly recognizable as a Corvette the world over.”
While the Chevrolet Corvette has undergone some major changes in its 60 year existence, the 2014 Corvette brings about one of the most substantial alterations with the rear end of the new American sports car. While the size and shape of the taillights have changed over the last 6 decades, the Corvette has always featured dual circular taillight lenses but the C7 Corvette wears angular taillight lenses that are unlike anything that we have seen on the fabled Chevy performance car in the past. If anything, the 2014 Corvette taillights are more similar to what we see on the current Chevrolet Camaro and Malibu so it seems that GM has looked to have their supercar share styling of the rest of the current model lineup. These taillights are sunken into a rear fascia that is vastly more angular than previous generations as the curvy hind quarters of Corvettes past have been left behind and in their place is a rear fascia that ends in sharp, aggressive looking angles.
“Like the ’63 Sting Ray, the best Corvettes embodied performance leadership, delivering cutting-edge technologies, breathtaking design and awe-inspiring driving experiences,” said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. “The all-new Corvette goes farther than ever, thanks to today’s advancements in design, technology and engineering.”
Joining the new angles and the not-round taillights of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette on the rear end is a low profile molder spoiler and a set of quad exhaust tips that are mounted into an integrated rear diffuser. This design helps to give the C7 Corvette a high end sports car feel to give the Vette more “supercar street cred” with respect to the likes of the new SRT Viper. In an era where some new models will be criticized for being too similar to the previous models, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette sports a truly distinct design from the C6 – or any other Corvette in the past. This is a back end that will likely spur the comment of “Is that the new Corvette? Wow!”
The back end of the 2014 Corvette C7 is radically new and at the expense of bringing back some awesome 80s terminology – the back end of the C7 Corvette is just plain radical…dude. Honestly, while some of the old white haired Corvette crowd may frown upon the obvious departure from the traditional cues of the Corvette lineup, I love the new look and I suspect that many people in GMs target audience will too. Plus, even those babyboomers who whine about the things that they do not like at first will still run out to buy one once they hear that their young, hot nanny thinks that the new Vette is cool.
Across the front end, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette is all new but still very familiar due to the basic lines being similar to the previous generation GM supercar. Like the C6, the C7 Corvette has fixed headlights (as opposed to the pop-up units of the C2-C5 Corvettes) with HID projection assemblies accented with LED trim along the bottom that provide a great, high tech look. The front end has an angry look to it with a low nose created where the strongly sloping headlight lines meet with the new Corvette logo above and a massive hexagonal opening just below in the front fascia. This smooth front fascia with the large central opening offers a very race-ready look while also bolstering the aerodynamic properties of the new Corvette nose. Like many other high end performance cars around the world (including the 2013 SRT Viper), the 2014 Corvette grille dominates the landscape of the front end but this design looks great and should be able to provide plenty of cooling air for the new LT1 V8.