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A New C7 Corvette Will Debut in New York - but What?

General Motors has announced that they will have three big debuts at the upcoming New York Auto Show including the refreshed Chevrolet Cruze, a new small car and – most intriguingly – a new variant of the Chevrolet Corvette…but there is no indication whatsoever what this new Corvette might be.

So far we have seen the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible and the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 as well as the Z51 package for the Stingray. General Motors has already said that there are no current plans for a new ZR1 and with the sheer awesomeness of the new Z06, I would surmise that this new Corvette isn’t a higher performance road model. Considering that the Corvette Grand Sport in the C6 generation was literally a base Corvette with the Z51 handling package, I would also guess that there will not be a C7 Grand Sport debuting…at least not at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

There have long been rumors that GM could introduce an even lower priced version of the C7 that would simply be called the Corvette – sans the “Stingray” – but that seems pretty unlikely considering the relatively small gap in both price and performance between the Corvette Stingray and the Camaro SS. There is also the possibility that there could be a new Corvette Stingray that is a true coupe, devoid of the removable roof panel which is standard across the entire 2014 and 2015 Corvette Stingray Coupe lineup. Why would someone want a new Corvette Stingray Coupe without the removable roof? I don’t know…but I’m certain that there are people out there who would rather have a true fixed roof.

There have also been rumors that the new 2015 Corvette Z06 would lead to a special track variant named the Z06X. The Z06X first debuted at SEMA a couple years back as little more than a performance show concept, but that car really didn’t have anything going on that couldn’t be transitioned into production – especially if it was a track only model or a very low production model designed more for closed circuit racing than street use. If the Z06X became a reality and was street legal, we can expect it to do without things like heated leather seats, the high end infotainment system and any other luxuries not needed for track use while it would still likely retain things like the HVAC system for street driving sake. Should the Z06X not be street legal, it will likely be a literal stripper version of the Z06 and regardless of the legality for road use – I would expect some body upgrades like a large wing, a more aggressive front fascia and perhaps some ultra lightweight wheels.

Joining the new Chevrolet Corvette in New York will be the refreshed Chevrolet Cruze, which has been shown in spyshots to look a great deal like the Malibu only smaller. There will also be an unspecified new small car, but like the Corvette, I don’t have any idea what this might be. Fortunately, the start of the 2014 Big Apple Auto Show is only two weeks away so we wont have to wonder for long. With any luck, GM will go all old school on us and offer up some teaser images of the mystery Corvette ahead of the show.

Shown above is the original C7 Corvette from the debut ahead of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show before being uncovered.

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