Chevrolet is an automotive company born from racing. Many of the iconic images we see of
founder Louis Chevrolet are those of him at the track, racing the cars he himself designed and built. One hundred years later,
Corvette carries the racing banner of its founding namesake and the 2012 Corvette Centennial Edition celebrates that performance
heritage. Due in the summer of 2011, the Centennial Edition will be a package that will be available on all Corvette models
including Grand Sports, Z06 and ZR1.
The Centennial Edition Corvettes are exclusively done in the new Carbon Flash Metallic
exterior with satin-black graphics and unique Centennial Satin Black Wheels with red brake calipers. Red accents are throughout
the inside and outside of the car. All the Centennial Corvettes will be available with Magnetic Selective Ride Control.
A special “100-Years” graphic showing Louis Chevrolet behind a steering wheel
are located on the B-Pillars, the center caps of the wheels and the center of the steering wheel. The graphics are designed
to blend with the car The Seats are also embossed with the centennial logo as well. A Small “100″ replaces the
fleur-de-lis symbol on the Corvette’s crossed flags logo.
Inside you’ll find an ebony leather wrapped dash and doors with complimentary red
stitching. Suede accents used first on the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon are also found on the Centennial’s seats, steering
wheel, shifter and armrests.
VIDEO: 2012 Corvette Centennial Edition
VIDEO: 1st Centennial Edition sell for $175,000 at Barrett-Jackson
New Michelin Cup ZP Tires Elevate Z06/ZR1 Performance
Corvette’s greater performance for 2012 begins with the new, optional Michelin®
Pilot® Sport Cup Zero Pressure tires, which are available on the two highest-performing models, the lightweight,
505-hp (377 kW) Z06 and the maximum-performance, 638-hp (476 kW) supercharged ZR1. They are competition-oriented tires, optimized
for warm, dry conditions to increase cornering and handling capability.
When combined with the Corvette’s exclusive Performance Traction Management (PTM)
technology – which manages torque delivery for maximum performance – the tires are expected to help set new benchmarks
for Corvette performance. Engineers estimate an 8-percent gain in maximum lateral acceleration, to more than 1.1g, and improved
braking distance. Testing at Virginia International Raceway has demonstrated improvement of approximately three seconds per
The Cup ZP tires were developed by the same Michelin engineers who develop tires for Corvette
Racing in the American Le Mans Series and are essentially street-legal versions of a racing tire. They are included in the
optional Z07 performance package on the Corvette Z06 and a new PDE performance package on the ZR1. The 285/30-19 (front) and
335/25-20 (rear) tires are matched with all-new aluminum Cup-style wheels in satin black or machined finishes. They are about
five pounds lighter (2.2 kg) and stronger than the 20-spoke wheel offered in 2011.
Performance Traction Management (offered on the Z06 for the first time in 2012) is an advanced
system that optimizes traction for greater and more consistent on-track performance. The system also integrates traction control,
active handling and selective ride control systems to enhance race track driving consistency and overall performance. When
full throttle is applied upon exiting a corner, it automatically manages acceleration dynamics.
A full-width racing-style spoiler for improved aerodynamics is also included in both the
’12 Z07 and PDE packages. The Z06 model will now offer Magnetic Selective Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting
suspension technology – an innovation Corvette pioneered several years ago. And as before, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes
will be a part of the Z07 chassis package (they are standard on ZR1). Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires remain standard on the
A carbon fiber hood will be an available option on 2012 Z06 models, while the standard
manual transmission for ZR1 will include taller gearing in fifth and sixth gears, for a 2-mpg improvement in highway fuel
VIDEO: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Tires
PICTURES: Cup Wheels & Tires
Interior and Feature Changes
All 2012 Corvette models will include a new seat design and a new steering wheel. The seats
feature larger bolsters on the seat back and cushion areas, which provide better driver support, especially in high-performance
driving while remaining comfortable for daily street driving. Microfiber suede seat inserts are optional and improve tactile
feel, as well as add additional support.
The new seats are complemented by the revised steering wheel, featuring model-specific
badges, streamlined switch trim and wrapped spokes. Padded center console and armrests for all models are now included for
2012. An additional visual touch inside the car is contrasting color stitching – in red, blue and yellow – which
is available with the custom leather-wrapped interior.
Also coming in 2012 is a new Bose uplevel audio system, which includes nine speakers (compared
to seven in 2011) for improved audio quality that is more precisely tuned to the cabin’s acoustics. New tweeters located
in the instrument panel and improved Bose Nd next-generation bass performance is the main benefit that Corvette drivers will
A new Technology Package (2LT trim level) brings together many of the Corvette’s
popular infotainment features and makes them available for more models. The package’s equipment includes the navigation
radio, head-up display, Bose premium audio system, Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity and a USB port.
Wrapping up the new features for 2012 is the availability for customers to select brake
caliper colors, for more personalization of their Corvette. The calipers are offered in the red, yellow, silver or gray.
GM brought the ZR1 and Z06 back to the Nurburgring for testing and to show
the world what the Corvette's are capable of. Corvette engineer Jim Mero drove the ZR1 around in 7:19.63 and the Z06
in 7:22.68. This puts the ZR1 and Z06 at the top of the list for 1st and 2nd fastest production street legal cars in
PICTURS: 2012 Corvette Centennial Edition
VIDEO: 2012 ZR1 Nurburgring Lap
VIDEO: 2012 Z06 Nurburgring Lap
VIDEO: 2012 ZR1 Breaks The VIR Production Car Record
VIDEO: Road & Track - ZR1 vs Z06 vs Grand Sport vs Base Model
VIDEO: Road & Track - How Performance Traction Management Works
VIDEO: ZR1 vs C6.R Drag Race