Video teases over new Corvette's look

Last updated 08:53 25/10/2012
The LT1 6.2-litre V8 that will power the latest Chevrolet Corvette.

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Chevrolet is keeping up the teasing game over the look of the seventh generation of the iconic Corvette.

A week after announcing the latest version of the 'Vette will be unveiled on January 13, 2013, and revealing it will boast a redesigned crossed flags logo, the company has released an official video.

Some might go as far as to say it is the "first look" at the eagerly awaited sports car, but the 59 second YouTube clip is a pure tease.

You have to watch closely to glean any semblance of information, but there is a shadowy side shot, the tyre, wheel and braking package, some mystery louvres, a grille shot and some blurry quad exhaust tips.

Chevrolet continued the tease this morning (NZ time) by releasing details of the new Corvette's power plant - the LT1 V8.

The 6.2-litre small block is expected to produce at least 450 horsepower and an estimated 0-100 kilometres per hour time of less than four seconds in the base model C7.

Autoblog.com reports that Chevy engineers are still keeping fuel economy in mind – with the help of cylinder deactivation, the new Corvette powerplant is expected to deliver better than nine litres per 100 kilometres (26 miles per gallon) on the highway. City driving figures were not available.

The engine, which GM is calling its most advanced combustion system ever, will be built at the company's 75-year-old Tonawanda plant, which happens to be where Chevy's original small block V8 was produced way back in 1955.

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