Our good friends over at IESB have an informant that has seen the new U.S.S. Enterprise that is being used in J.J. Abram's upcoming Star Trek prequel. Or sequel. Or redo. Whatever the heck you want to call it.
The description came from materials being sent to a licensor. The ship's basic shape is the same as the old NCC-1701. The informant states, "The big difference is that it's been given a new, grittier metal texture, good, don't (m)uck with a classic."
Apparently, the informant wasn't very impressed with the look. Oh, well. Are Trekkies ever impressed with anything? J.J. Abram's Star Trek opens Christmas Day, 2008.