GM is in a bit of a tight spot when it comes to the current Corvette. The car is already well past its expiration date and in dire need of a refresh. Or at least that is what some people say. As it is, GM has kept the Corvette feeling fresh and new with lots of personalized packages in 2011.
While we still have no word on the next-generation C7 Corvette, details about the 2012 C6 model’s new packages have leaked online via the Corvette Forum. And GM has not disappointed by offering a bevy of performance and appearance packages for every level of Corvette.
There’s so much new stuff here that frankly it is almost overwhelming what GM is offering for 2012. So lets start with the big gun, the ZR1. The fastest Corvette ever has a new High Performance Package option which adds lightweight wheels, Michelin PS Cup tires and a close-ratio six-speed transmission. The Z06 now has the Z07 “Ultimate Performance Package” option, which borrows the ZR1’s Performance Traction Management system, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, Michelin PS Cup tires, lightweight aluminum wheels and Magnetic Selective Ride Control, which is also available as a stand-alone option on the regular Z06.
We already covered the Centennial Special Edition (pictured above) in-depth, another package option for 2012, which as it turns out is the only way you can order a black-colored Corvette this year as black is no longer an option. The most popular-Corvette color has been replaced by Carlisle Blue Metallic. Jet Blue Metallic Tintcoat and the six-disc in-dash CD player are also dropped as options in 2012, though in return a 9-speaker Bose sound system with subwoofers is an option, as is a new technology package that includes Bluetooth integration and a Heads-Up Display. A carbon fiber hood is now an option for the Z06, and color-painted brake calipers are available in Silver, Yellow, Red, Dark Gray Metallic, and standard calipers now come painted black. Finally, a blue convertible top is also now an option, for some reason (ew.)
As you can see there are a lot of changes in store for 2012 (and there’s a few smaller items we skipped over like RPO code changes) so find your way over to the Corvette Forum for a complete rundown on what’s up with the 2012 Corvette. Who knows how long we have left to enjoy the C6 Corvette; is this the bang GM wants to send the model out with, or do they have a few more tricks up their sleeve for 2013?