Posted Feb 13th 2013 8:00PM
Now that we've seen photos of the very first C7 Vette crash, Chevrolet's 2014 Corvette can continue making major headlines in a more positive light, as the highly-anticipated fan favorite arrives at the 2013 Toronto auto show. It's not often that an all-new Vette is launched, and for Canadian drivers, this is a moment to be savoured.
After attending the exclusive Corvette C7 reveal event held in Toronto's Distillery District this evening, we got to watch GM pull the covers off the 2014 Corvette for the very first time in Canada (ahead of its big debut at Toronto Auto Show).
The new C7 Corvette is 99.999% new, and it's been built with strictly one goal in mind: performance. Every single part on the car is new except for one: the rear trunk latch! Every other part has been made lighter and faster or otherwise altered to improve performance.
The result is a base model Corvette that roars from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds courtesy of a new "LT1″ 6.2-litre V8 that produces 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. To conquer corners the new Vette also sports an all-aluminum space frame, carbon fibre hood, trunk and roof, fibre-glass doors, fenders and side sills... making this Corvette very, very light weight.
Read on to discover the new Corvette's performance numbers, price and release date in the Canadian market.
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Aerodynamically the new Corvette has advanced dramatically, having spent some time in the wind tunnel. Most notable is the rear diffuser which is both functional and a great stylistic detail. Perhaps most impressive is the new Vette's ability to achieve more than 1 G in lateral sheer acceleration. The impressive performance and technology found in the 2014 C7 is enough to make it worth a much closer look and should also help shed most of its "mid-life crisis car" reputation.
Thanks to cylinder deactivation, the C7 can run as a V4 and it is said to consume significantly less fuel than its predecessor. Sans turbos the Corvette will be very hard pressed to match the all-new M3′s fuel economy when it launches – but the C7 is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette ever. The last generation C6 Corvette managed 9.0 L/100 km (26 mpg) - expect the C7 to achieve near 7.8L/100 km (30 mpg) on the highway.
Canadian pricing has yet to be confirmed, but regardless of cost we can't wait to see plenty of C7 Corvettes at local track days showing off their true performance potential.