The sixth-generation Corvette is now entering its eighth year of production, but it appears Chevrolet isn't about to let its hallowed sports car languish entirely for the 2012 model year. A forum post by a Chevrolet dealer reveals the General has a few small upgrades in store for its fiberglass-bodied wonder.
Apart from the special Centennial Edition model announced a few weeks back, most revisions for 2012 involve a few optional packages available on its high-performance Corvette models. A new High Performance Package for the range-topping ZR1 adds a set of lightweight, black-finished 19- and 20-inch racing-style wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, along with a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission. The Ultimate High Performance Package, available only on Z06 models, continues to add ceramic Brembo brakes, magnetic ride control, and black-finished wheels, but now adds similar Pilot Sport Cup rubber, along with the ZR1's performance traction management system.
Other revisions reportedly slated for the 2012 model year include an optional carbon fiber hood for the Z06, the addition of Carlisle Blue Metallic and the deletion of black from exterior paint options, revised steering wheel designs, and an upgraded nine-speaker Bose audio system. Finalized information has yet to be posted to GM's dealer information website, but is expected to be announced this weekend at the annual C5/C6 gathering in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Those hankering for a more extensive overhaul of the Vette recipe will have to likely wait another year or two, since the C7 is expected to launch as early as 2013. What improvements would you like to see Chevrolet incorporate into the next Corvette? Send us your wish list by means of the comments section below.