With just about five weeks left until the unveiling of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, the first details and a full (rendered) picture of the car have surfaced into the media.

Car and Driver Magazine has managed to assemble the first picture of the next-generation Corvette and gathered some highlights of the sports car which will be revealed on January 13, 2013.

Thanks to Jalopnik, we are able to offer you what Car and Driver will present in the January issue.

All the C7 details Chevy doesn’t want you to know

The base car has aluminum rails:
Remember how, for the current-generation Z06 and ZR1, GM did an unprecedented thing and replaced the hydroformed-steel main spaceframe members with aluminum ones? Well, now even the base car’s rails are alloy.

More carbon fiber:
GM has aggressive weight targets for this car, so the panels, bulkhead, and floor-of the base car-will be fashioned from composites.

Michelin won the tire war:
No more Goodyears as base fitment. Pilot Sports, y’all.

Manual, saved:
Porsche did the 7-speed-manual thing first, and ingeniously so, with one box for both self-shift and PDK applications. Here, the 7-speed stands alone, but needs only four gates rather than the Porsche’s five to get the job done (don’t forget reverse).

The Stingray comes later, with a V-8:
Although rumors had it bearing a twin-turbo V-6, the Stingray, the Corvette that jams econo, will be powered by a 400-hp 5.5-liter V-8, and should give 30-plus mpg on the highway.

And here is the rendered Corvette C7 picture (courtesy of the same magazine mentioned above):

In other news, Chevy released the second Corvette C7 Video: “CALIBRATION!”

After releasing the first official teaser for the seventh generation Corvette on November 15, Chevrolet unveiled the second trailer after just two weeks.

While the first teaser was called “Conception”, the second one is called “Calibration” and brings a few more details of the new C7 Corvette than what we saw last month.

General Motors unveils some new details with a few interior detail shots. We can see the gauge cluster with a 200 mile per hour speedometer and the digital screen tachometer and informational display. Chevrolet also gives us just a quick glimpse of the cars new rear suspension and undercarriage.

Focusing on the electric integration of the C7, the message of the “Calibration” trailer is quite clear: “Roads will surrender” in front of the all new Chevrolet Corvette!

“2012 is turning out to be another great year for Chevrolet… and 2013 promises to be even bigger. We’ll be launching 13 new models next year — including the all-new Silverado and Impala. It all starts January 13 th when we introduce the next generation Corvette in Detroit. All I can tell you right now is that the new Corvette will offer an entirely new driving experience – one that’s refined, and redefined. There are just a handful of engineers authorized to drive the Corvette test vehicles on our proving grounds . And you can tell right away which ones they are – they’re the ones wearing permanent smiles”, said Mark Reuss, president of General Motors North America.

The 2014 Corvette will be unveiled on the eve of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Sunday, January 13th, 2013. Until then, stay tuned with This Week in Motors for updates on the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette.

Corvette legacy

The Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car by the Chevrolet division of General Motors that has been produced in six generations up until now. The first model, a convertible, was designed by Harley Earl and introduced at the General Motors Motorama in 1953 as a concept show car. Myron Scott is credited for naming the car after the type of small, maneuverable warship called a corvette.

The first generation C1 was introduced in 1953 and it was built until 1962. The C2 went into production in 1963 and lasted only five years, being followed by the C3 from 1968 to 1982. The fourth generation (C4) was made between 1984 and 1996, while the C5′s production started in 1997 and ended in 2004. 2005 saw the introduction of the C6 Corvette, which will officially go out of production in 2013.

Corvette also built several concept cars, including the 1959 Sting Ray racer. the 1961 Mako Shark, the 1965 Manta Ray or the 1977 Aerovette.

Motor Trend magazine named the Corvette Car of the Year in 1984 and 1998.

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