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The 2012 Centennial Edition package will be available on all Corvette models
- including Grand Sport, Z06 and ZR1 - starting this summer.
package was inspired by Chevrolet's racing-bred foundation, which continues with
Corvette's international racing excellence and production sports car prominence.
"Racing and performance are the roots of Chevrolet, a tradition carried
forward today by Corvette," said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet
marketing. "The Centennial Edition not only celebrates our 100 years, it once
again pushes Corvette forward for a new generation of sports car fans."
Chevrolet will auction a Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition at the Barrett-Jackson
collector car auction in West Palm Beach, Fla., on April 9, with the proceeds to
benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. It will be the 100th
2012 Corvette off the assembly line, with a vehicle identification number ending
The Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette expresses racing
heritage, but does so with a sleek, modern, even sinister-looking appearance.
The Centennial Edition package comes exclusively in Carbon Flash Metallic, with
satin-black graphics and unique Centennial Satin Black wheels and red brake
calipers. The wheels are constructed of lightweight cast-spun aluminum and
include a thin red outline around the perimeter of its surface on the Z06. The
wheels are specific to the respective Corvette models, including 18-inch/19-inch
for Coupe, Convertible and Grand Sport; and 19-inch/20-inch for Z06 and ZR1.
Magnetic Selective Ride Control, the world's fastest-reacting suspension and
a technology advance initiated by Corvette, is included on all Chevrolet
Centennial Edition Corvette models.
The Centennial Edition also features
special badges that signify Chevrolet's racing history. A graphic logo featuring
an iconic image of Louis Chevrolet appears on the B-pillars, the center caps of
the wheels, and the center of the steering wheel. The seat headrests also carry
an embossed centennial logo.
Aficionados will note one other small
detail: The historic crossed flags badge contains a small adaptation, with "100"
in place of the traditional fleur-de-lis symbol, only for the Centennial
The exterior color scheme is reinforced inside the car, with the
Ebony leather-wrapped instrument panel and doors complimented by red stitching
on the steering wheel, seats, console and shifter. Microfiber suede accents on
Centennial Edition seats, steering wheel, shifter and armrests were first used
on the 2011 Z06 Carbon Limited Edition.
The Chevrolet Centennial Edition
will be available on all Corvette models via order code ZLC. Pricing will be
released this summer prior to the start of availability.
was a fearless racing pioneer who also designed our first car," Scheidt said.
"Corvette is a natural fit to honor that legacy, while creating a compelling new
package for sports car drivers."