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Chevy Gives Details On New Corvette

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On: Wed, May 4, 2011 at 11:26AM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy Gives Details On New Corvette

Okay, "new" might be a bit of an overstatement. The 2012 Corvette is more like an ever-so-slightly tweaked geriatric. It will be the last C6 Corvette model year that we see before the C7 debuts next year as a 2013 model. But, 2012 is the 100th anniversary of Chevy, and we've seen that the Corvette will be sort of a party vehicle, with various special editions and packages offered. 

Chevy previewed a few of the changes that will affect all 2012 Corvettes in anticipation of the muscle car's launch.

Never known for giving the Corvette a particularly strong interior, Chevy is hoping that customers will find the 2012 interior just a little more pleasing. The company has redesigned the steering wheel, given the elbows a break with padded center console and armrests, and injected a nine-speaker Bose-boost into the audio system. Perhaps most exciting of all—new seats! The Corvette will share the improved seats with the Centennial Edition.

Not that Corvette buyers are typically the most eco-conscious among drivers, but Chevy has made the ubiquitous drop-in-the-bucket fuel economy improvement by reworking 5th and 6th gear ratios to deliver a 2-mpg bump.

Chief engineer Tadge Juechter summed up the changes: "For 2012, the Corvette lineup achieves its highest performance level ever, while at the same time being easier to drive and enjoy thanks to several changes and new features inside the car."

We've already taken a look at some of the packages, which include the Centennial Edition and high-performance packages with cup-style wheels and Michelin PS Cup tires on the ZR1 and Z06.

Production on the 2012 Corvette is scheduled to begin in July.


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