The discontinuation of Chevrolet’s Jetstream Blue Metallic color for the Corvette earlier this year had many of us wondering what the 2012 color palette would bring. The official list of 2012 Corvette colors was recently released and reported by Keith Cornett on CorvetteBlogger.com. The good news is that a blue hue will be represented once again on the Corvette in the coming year in the form of Carlisle Blue Metallic.
The new Carlisle Blue Metallic is currently being used on the 2011 Chevrolet Cruz but under the name Ice Blue Metallic. The new name was inspired by Lance Miller and his famous “Corvettes at Carlisle” show. Miller expressed his enthusiasm and appreciation for the new color name in an email exchange with Cornett, stating that he is eager to see Carlisle Blue Metallic on a Corvette in the near future and hinted that maybe the official debut could be done at the Corvette at Carlisle show scheduled for the end of August.
Ten colors make up the color pallet for the 2012 Corvettes. These colors are Artic White, Silver Blade, Inferno Orange, Velocity Yellow, Torch Red, Cyber Gray, Crystal Red, Carlisle Blue, Supersonic Blue and Carbon Flash. The Carbon Flash Black Metallic is said to only be offered on the Centennial Package without the option to order it separately, but this would mean that black is not being offered as a regular production color choice.
As we reported at the beginning of April, Chevrolet also discontinued Cyber Gray and Crystal Red for the remaining 2011 production run due to a shortage of the shiny pigment Xirallic, which is used to create the metallic luster of these paint colors. The shortage was due to damage to the only facility that made the pigment, located in tsunami-stricken Onahama, Japan. According to the list of 2012 colors, Cyber Gray and Crystal Red will be making a comeback, much to our (and Chevrolet’s) relief.