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Old 07-10-2012, 05:29 AM   #1
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Default C7 Chevy Corvette Front and Rear Fascias Revealed by Supplier Video




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D’oh! Someone at Omega Tool Corporation decided to produce a video extolling the virtues of its plastics tooling technology, likely in an attempt to gain more automaker business. In so doing, however, the Tier-1 supplier may have put a pretty big account in jeopardy: that of GM and, specifically, its new plastic-fantastic 2014 Corvette. It’s a car people have been dying to see, and that’s the way the General likes it. (That said, we know some stuff: Check out spy photos and more information on the C7 here.)

The screen capture above comes to us from Jalopnik, which was the first outlet to report on a Corvette Online post about the video—the latter originally touted the clip as a look at the process behind C6 bumpers, but the site’s commenters quickly noticed otherwise. (Jalopnik also has a full gallery of screen caps, as well as a version of the video that was salvaged before Omega took its down. Be sure to check it out if you’re a fan of finite element analysis.)

2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 (artist's rendering)

From what we can see, our most recent rendering of the C7 Vette’s front end is pretty true to life. Angular headlamps cut into the fascia, there’s a large rectangular opening below the point of the nose, and it will again be made of molded plastic, at least on base models. This version of the fascia also looks like it will accommodate—need, really—a splitter or curb-defense device. Although it’s hard to tell from the engineering renderings, the front clip appears as a short front overhang, something that we hope accompanies a shorter overall length.




Of equal interest is the look at the rear bumper provided by the video. It’s a little tougher to make out the overall shape versus that of the front piece, but we can see inset portions that will house a pair of lighting elements. Combining this with information we’ve gleaned from a source who should know, it appears the Vette may ditch its four individual circular taillights in favor of the circles-within-a-protruding-bar units seen on recent Chevys. We expect much fury and anger from Vette traditionalists.

There’s also a clue as to the shape of the rear deck; what looks like a bump at the top of the fascia suggests a tapered boat-tail that will continue from the backlight and terminate at the trailing edge of the car. It has been long rumored—and our spy photos corroborate—that the C7 would in some way adopt this C2 design element. So that’s a point in each of the retro and modern columns, keeping things balanced at least on the tail.

Other items of note regarding the next Vette include the installation of GM’s new small-block V-8, which will add some kind of variable valve-timing tech and likely will see a reduction in displacement with no power decrease. The Z06 and ZR1 should return sometime after the base models arrive for 2014. And it’ll be rear-wheel drive.

Oh, there is one more thing we know with certainty: GM will be tightening the leash on its C7 suppliers
http://blog.caranddriver.com/c7-chev...+and+Driver%29
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