New Features & Options for 2012
- Chevrolet Centennial Edition package, featuring Carbon Flash Metallic paint, satin-black graphics, satin-black wheels, unique badges, special-trimmed interior and Magnetic Selective Ride Control
- New seat design with greater driver lateral support
- optional microfibre inserts
- New steering wheel with model-specific badges, streamlined switch trim and wrapped spokes
- Padded centre console and armrests standard on all trim levels
- Contrasting colour stitching in red, blue and yellow offered with the custom leather-wrapped interior
- Available Bose Premium audio system with nine speakers
- Reconfigured 2LT Trim level featuring a new Technology Package – head-up display, navigation with voice recognition, Bose premium audio, one-year SiriusXM satellite radio, USB iPod connection and input jacks, Bluetooth phone connection
- Customer-selectable brake caliper colour choices in red, yellow, silver or gray
- New Carlisle Blue Metallic and Carbon Flash Metallic exterior colours
Corvette celebrates Chevrolet’s performance heritage with the 2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette, which features a sleek black colour scheme, unique design elements and Corvette’s sports car technology. The special package is inspired by Chevrolet’s racing-bred foundation and is offered on all Corvette models for 2012.
Corvette and Grand Sport models are powered by the 321kw (430hp) LS3 V8, (325kw/436hp with optional exhaust) while the racing-inspired Corvette Z06 is equipped with the 377kw (505hp) LS7 engine and built on a lightweight chassis. The Corvette ZR1 is powered by a unique, supercharged LS9 6.2L engine, and is the fastest, most powerful car ever offered by Chevrolet.
Grand Sport models – offered in coupe and convertible – combine the Corvette’s LS3-based powertrain with wide-body styling, a wider track and a racing-bred suspension for a distinctive model that delivers greater handling performance, with wider wheels and tires; revised shock, stabiliser bar and spring specifications; and specific gearing.
The 6.2L LS3 small-block V8 is the standard engine in Corvette and Grand Sport models. The LS3 is rated at 321kw (430hp) and 575Nm (424 lb.-ft) of torque with the standard exhaust system. An optional dual-mode exhaust system brings a power rating increase to 325kw (436hp580Nm (428 lb.-ft) of torque.
A standard six-speed manual transmission and an optional six-speed automatic paddle-shift automatic are offered.
Launch control is standard on manual-transmission-equipped models. It optimises performance for full-throttle starts on a track. In competitive mode, the system will hold a predetermined engine speed while the driver pushes the throttle to the floor. That allows the driver to quickly release the clutch and the system modulates engine torque 100 times per second to maximise the available traction.
Dry sump lubrication system on the Grand Sport Manual Coupe LS3
Interior design and features
Corvette’s interior is inspired by the car’s dual-cockpit heritage. New seats feature improved appearance and larger bolsters on the seat back and cushion areas to provide better driver support, especially in high-performance driving. Microfibre seat inserts are available.
A new steering wheel with model-specific badges, streamlined switch trim and wrapped spokes. An AM/FM/XM radio with CD player and audio input jack is standard. The new Bose Premium audio system includes nine speakers (vs. seven in 2011), including new tweeters located in the instrument panel and improved Bose Nd next-generation bass performance. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls are on all models.
An onboard navigation system with voice recognition is available. It is a DVD-based system that uses a 6.5-inch (165 mm) colour touch-screen display.
A custom leather-wrapped interior package is offered on all models, featuring a leather-wrapped upper and lower instrument panel, door pads and seats; choice of exclusive colours: Dark Titanium, Ebony, Cashmere or Sienna, with unique colour breakup; padded door panel armrests; “Corvette” embroidered on passenger-side dash pad; embroidered crossed flags logo on headrests and a unique centre trim plate with a gunmetal pattern.
The new Technology Package (2LT trim level) brings together many of the Corvette’s popular infotainment features and makes them available for more models. The content includes the navigation radio, head-up display, Bose Premium audio system, Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity and a USB port.
Chassis & Suspension
Corvette and Grand Sport models have a hydroformed steel rail backbone structure. It features cored composite floors, an enclosed centre tunnel, rear-mounted transmission and aluminium cockpit structure.
Coupe and convertible models offer two suspension choices that allow drivers to choose the setup that best suits their driving style. The standard suspension is tuned for a balance of ride comfort and precise handling.
The Z16 Performance Package is standard on Grand Sport and includes extra cooling, stiffer springs and stabiliser bars, specific shock absorbers, larger brakes with six-piston front and four-piston rear cross-drilled rotors, specific tires and Z16-specific six-speed manual when ordered with six-speed manual transmission or performance axle ratio with six-speed paddle shift automatic.
The optional Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension features magneto-rheological dampers able to detect road surfaces, and adjust the damping rates to those surfaces almost instantly for optimal ride control. It includes larger, cross-drilled brake rotors.
Safety & Crash Avoidance Features
The Corvette is designed to help drivers avoid crashes, while protecting the occupants in the event a crash occurs. Four standard air bags include side-impact air bags, which provide head protection for outboard passengers in the event of a side-impact or rollover crash.
Active Handling electronic stability control system helps reduce the risk of rollover crashes by keeping the vehicle in the driver’s intended path by applying throttle, braking or a combination of both. Standard four-wheel-disc brake system featuring smooth, quiet operation, longer pad life and more resistance to brake pulsation.
Pretensioners minimise forward movement during a collision, and are standard on the front safety belts. Load-limiting retractors cinch the belt more tightly.
Tire pressure monitoring system and run-flat tires are standard on all models. Remote keyless entry and push-button starting is standard. A strong body structure absorbs crash energy and providsees a protective “safety cage” around occupants.
2012 CORVETTE SPECIFICATIONS
325kw (436hp) @ 5900rpm (opt. exhaust)
580nm (428lb-ft) @ 4600rpm (opt. exhaust)
(Coupe, Convertible, Grand Sport, Z06)
(with optional Z51 Performance Package)
(Coupe, Convertible, Grand Sport)
(Coupe, Convertible, Grand Sport)
Front: 325mm (12.8") x 32mm (1.26")
Rear: 305mm (12.0") x 26mm (1.0")
Z51 Performance Package:
Front: 340mm (13.4") x 32mm (1.26")
Rear: 330mm (13.0") x 26mm (1.0")
Rear: 340mm (13.4") x 26mm (1.0")
Rear: 19" x 10"
Front: 18" x 9.5"
Rear: 19" x 12"
Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar
Rear: 19" x 12"
Convertible: 1451kg (3199lb)