Led by exterior design manager Kirk Bennion, the C7’s body will feature extensive use of carbon fibre to decrease weight, improve handling and enhance efficiency, while its shape will be aerodynamically optimized. Though the C7 will wear an all-new take on its crossed-flags emblem, the design elements – long hood, tapering rear deck, sloping roofline – that give the Corvette its defining proportions are expected to be retained. The fender “air extractor” vents and quad tail lamps will also reappear, though they will receive a freshening-up.
The most radical evolution will be reserved for the C7’s interior, which is expected to be far more luxurious, with materials and craftsmanship finally befitting a world-class sports car. The C7 will also mark the return of digital instrumentation, which first appeared on the 1984 C4 model.
Of course, very little about the all-new Corvette can be confirmed until it is officially unveiled on Sunday. For now, eager drivers can take a camouflaged C7 prototype for a test drive in the critically acclaimed Sony PlayStation 3 racing game Gran Turismo 5. (General Motors)