Chevrolet has announced the new Corvette Stingray Concept, which will hit the market in 2013 as a 2014 model.

The truth is that the current model is not so popular among the customers - a total of 9 123 units were sold last year. The latter, by the way, have been the lowest in the last 4 decades of the legend's production.

The C7 will be lighter and more compact than the C6. Another innovation will be a 7-speed manual gearbox, which was recently introduced by Porsche. There are also rumors of direct injection and variable valve timing on the new V8 engine. This is really a precedent in GMs history, because they have been always counting on simple, big and powerful engines.

What seems sure at this point, though, is that the C7 will come off the production lines in the Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky where the current-generation Corvette is produced.

Chevrolet Corvette Stringray Concept