Introduced at last year’s SEMA Show , the 2014 Corvette Stingray Pacific Concept was Chevrolet’s idea of customizing the C7 Corvette to look like a race car , without applying any powertrain modifications or taking its road-legal status away. Finished in a flashy, "look at me!" Torch Red exterior with a pair of Satin Black racing stripes across its nose, hood and rear end, the Corvette Pacific Concept took center stage in Las Vegas and, apparently, all that attention prompted Chevrolet to roll out a similar package for the 2015 Corvette Stingray Coupe .
Unlike the Atlantic Design Package that adds a few exterior updates and almost no cabin upgrades, the Pacific Design Package is more extensive and aimed at customers that either like to take their Corvette at the track or enjoy the racing-oriented appearance.
Before we jump to the details, we’d like to point out that the Pacific Design Package is exclusive to Z51-equipped coupes in either 2LT and 3LT trim. And like any 2015 Corvette Stingray, it can be ordered with the all-new eight-speed automatic tranny with paddle shifters and the Performance Data Recorder.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Pacific Design Package.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Pacific Design Package in Detail
Just like the Corvette Atlantic, the Pacific model also benefits from the Z06-style front splitter, but the coupe sports a more attractive appearance, thanks to its Satin Black racing stripes and matching Z51 wheels. The rims also feature a contrasting red stripe with Stingray center caps, while the brake calipers are finished in red.
Only five color options are available for the Pacific Design Package: Torch Red (pictured here), Black, Arctic White, Blade Silver and Shark Gray. The latter a brand-new color for the 2015 model year.
Adding to the Vette’s mean, track-ready looks is a "CFZ" carbon-fiber ground effects package and carbon-fiber roof panel, coupled with Carbon Flash-painted rear spoiler and mirrors. Blacked-out exterior badges round off the vehicle’s unique and convincing appearance. Custom splash guards and a rear license plate frame are also offered, but these additions are likely to go unnoticed.
Inside, customers will be greeted by a pair of Competition Sport seats — available as an option on the regular Corvette —, carbon-fiber trim and custom Stingray sill plates and floor mats.
Buyers that are not planning on using the Corvette Stingray Pacific as a daily driver will be happy to know that Chevy is also giving away an indoor car cover.
Unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the 2014 Corvette Stingray is the seventh iteration of the iconic sports car and features a brand-new exterior design and a completely reworked interior.
GM also developed a new engine for its flagship vehicle in the form of a 6.2-liter, naturally-aspirated V-8. The mill pumps 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque with a standard exhaust and 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet with the available performance exhaust.
Gallery Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Chevrolet announced today the 2015 Corvette Stingray will be available in two new Design Packages: the Atlantic luxury convertible and the Pacific performance coupe. They go on sale later this year with the rest of the 2015 Corvette Stingray lineup.
“One of the design goals for the Corvette Stingray was to provide customers with the flexibility to tailor the car to their personality,” said Kirk Bennion, Corvette exterior design manager. “The Atlantic and Pacific Design Packages were originally designed to showcase how the Stingray could be configured as a luxury sport GT car or as a high-performance motorsport car.”
The Corvette Stingray Atlantic convertible and Corvette Stingray Pacific coupe concepts were introduced last fall at the SEMA Show. A strong response from enthusiasts helped influence production. They are the latest Chevrolet concepts from SEMA that made concept to reality. Several Camaros, such as the Hot Wheels edition, and the Sonic Dusk are now in production.
“We plan to make news with the Corvette Stingray every year, in part by offering special-edition models that offer a unique, personal ownership experience,” said Todd Christensen, Corvette marketing manager. “Our customers have told us they appreciate these limited-edition models, which have become an important part of the Corvette’s legacy.”
Track-focused Pacific Coupe
The 2015 Corvette Stingray Pacific Design Package is inspired by West Coast drivers who attend weekend track events. It is offered exclusively as a Z51-equipped coupe, in 2LT and 3LT trims, with the following unique content:
Color choices of Torch Red, Black, Arctic White, Blade Silver and Shark Gray – a new color for 2015
Satin black full-length racing stripes
Satin black Z51 wheels with red stripe and Stingray center caps
“CFZ” carbon fiber ground effects package and visible carbon fiber roof panel
Carbon Flash rear spoiler, outside mirrors and exterior badges
Red brake calipers
Competition Sport Seats in red or black
Carbon fiber interior trim, Stingray sill plates and Stingray floor mats
Custom splash guards and rear license plate frame
Indoor car cover (gray).
As with other 2015 models, Corvette’s new Performance Data Recorder is available on the Atlantic and Pacific, as well as an all-new eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. A seven-speed manual transmission is standard.
The Performance Data Recorder combines the ability to record and share drive videos with the power of a professional-level telemetry system. With included software, users can analyze their laps to improve their driving and lap times. The system includes a high-definition camera integrated into the interior’s rearview mirror assembly.
The new paddle-shift eight-speed is designed to deliver world-class shift times that rival the best dual-clutch designs, and is expected to contribute up to 5-percent greater efficiency, when compared to the previous six-speed automatic. EPA estimates are pending.