NAIAS 2013 Preview: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette

During the week leading up to the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, The Driving Life will focus on the big news to expect from automakers, including vehicle launches and model updates.

While General Motors will be debuting and displaying a few models in its Detroit backyard, arguably none is more anticipated than the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette. GM’s flagship sports car won’t be available for purchase until late 2013, but the redesigned C7 production model is set to debut on Jan. 13 on the NAIAS floor.

Reportedly in the works since 2007 and originally planned for the 2011 model year, the 2014 Corvette is expected to be the fastest and most powerful standard Corvette in the vehicle’s 60-year history.

The C7 model will come equipped with an all-new LT1 engine that combines many advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing to support an advanced combustion system. The standard 6.2L V-8 is anticipated to deliver an estimated 450 horsepower and produce a 0-60 time in less than four seconds.

In order to maximize what’s under the hood, the C7’s exterior has been optimized not just for a great look, but also for the very best performance. GM incorporated racing technologies from the Corvette Racing program into the new model, using advanced computer-aided modeling programs to predict airflow over, under and through the vehicle’s body.

“The all-new Corvette integrates more high-performance aerodynamic features than ever before, many taken directly from Corvette Racing,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer, in a GM press release. “For example, the front grill and radiator flow paths reduce lift, improving vehicle stability at high speeds by keeping the car pressed to the pavement. In addition, functional vents increase track capability by channeling air to the brakes, as well as heat exchangers for the transmission and differential.”

Entering its sixth decade in production, the last C6 Corvette will be manufactured in February 2013, before setting up GM’s Bowling Green, Kentucky plant for C7 production. The long-awaited 2014 Corvette, which also has a new redesigned emblem, is expected to be available in the Z06 and ZRI models, as well.

Follow The Driving Life for exclusive, live coverage of NAIAS 2013 beginning Monday, Jan. 14.