For their own reasons, automakers have their preferences in the media and like to give select magazines and websites (keep an eye on a certain auto blog's 12:01am, 12:02am Ford postings, for example) press photos and releases well before they distribute them to the rest of the media world.
General Motors is one of many automakers that adheres to these unwritten rules, which is why you're seeing a snapshot of the yet-to-be revealed 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 posing on the cover of Automobile Magazine's next issue.
Unless one of those people or entities who have access to the press material breaks their promise over the weekend, we will have to wait until Sunday, January 13, at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) for the full reveal.
Road&Track magazine's cover featuring the front end of the C7 Corvette has also made its way online. We're going to assume Car&Driver is next...
Photo Credits: Jalopnik & CorvetteForum , Hat tip to Automonthly