After collecting several industry awards in its first two years on the market, the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette receives an array of appearance and technology upgrades for the 2016 model year. The update also brings three new, color-themed design packages to further help buyers park a customized sports car in their driveways.

Arguably the most important change for 2016 is the availability of Magnetic Ride Control on Stingray models without the Z51 package. The bundle is still compatible, but customers are no longer required to get the Z51 package in order to have GM’s fancy suspension.

Two new exterior colors are also on the table for 2016. Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat replaces velocity Yellow, while Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat replaces Crystal Red Tintcoat. There’s also a new standard wheel design finished in either silver, black, machined or chrome. The Carbon Flash badge option now deletes the chrome bar on the front grille, while the Carbon Fiber Hood option features a visible weave section.

Inside, the 2016 Corvette is getting a Z06-like, flat-bottom steering wheel and optional two-tone GT seats upholstered in leather or sueded microfiber. Corvettes ordered in 3LT trim and with Jet Black interior now get a red or yellow accent stitching option.

More goodies can be had with the three design packages, available on Stingray 3LT coupe and convertible models, which are detailed below.

Continue reading to learn more about what 2016 brings new on the Corvette Stingray lineup.

Twilight Blue Design Package

This package provides customers with a classic combination of white/grey and blue, starting with the exterior colors, limited to Shark Gray, Blade Silver, Arctic White or Night Race Blue. For convertible models, the bundle comes with a blue top and Shark Gray tonneau inserts. The side vents are also finished in Shark Gray, paired with polished Motorsport wheels and black or gray brake calipers. The rear spoiler comes standard on models without the Z51 package. A red, white, and blue tri-color stripe is optional for the patriot in you. The cabin is fully dipped in a special Twilight Blue color.

Spice Red Design Package

Buyers opting for this bundle also have four exterior colors to choose from. These are the new Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat, Shark Gray, Blade Silver, and Arctic White. Convertibles comes with a Spice Red top. Same goes for the interior, which means there’s the possibility to have an all-red ’Vette, just like in the late 1950s. This design package gets the same polished Motorsport wheels and rear spoiler.

Jet Black Suede Design Package

The third bundle comes in either Black, Blade Silver, Arctic White or Torch Red exterior color, with a black top for convertible models. Unlike the previous packages, Jet Black Suede features satin black wheels with red stripe and red brake calipers. This one also gets additional goodies such as Carbon Flash badges and satin black hood extractor and graphics. For the interior, Chevy offers Jet Black sueded microfiber upholstery with matching steering wheel and shifter, and carbon-fiber trim plate. Opt for the Black exterior and you’ll park an authentic ’triple black" ’Vette in your driveway.

Why it matters

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This is by far the most extensive update the seventh-gen Corvette has received as of yet, and the most comprehensive in terms of customizing options. It seems as if Chevy realized the importance of providing its customers with several individualization alternatives to choose from, which could prove to be an important step forward for a sports car that competes against the Porsche 911. Sure, the ’Vette could still use some sort of tailor-made program, but these packages will have to do until GM decides to take things up a notch.

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Find our more about the seventh-generation Chevy Corvette in our full review here.

Press Release

New for 2016:

Twilight Blue Design Package
Spice Red Design Package
Jet Black Suede Design Package
Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat and Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat exterior colors
New standard wheel design offered in silver, black, black machined and chrome
<Carbon Flash badge option deletes the chrome bar on the front grille
Carbon Fiber Hood option features a visible weave section
Flat-bottom steering wheel
<—>Available two-tone GT seats – red or gray – offered in leather or suede
Red or yellow stitching option offered on Stingray 3LT Jet Black interior
Power-cinch feature for coupe hatch and convertible trunk latches
Front curb view parking camera offered on Stingray 2LT/3LT
Magnetic Ride Control is available on Stingray models without the Z51 package; includes Z51-style wheels and rear spoiler
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After garnering more than 20 industry awards in 2014 and earning another spot on Car and Driver’s coveted 10Best list for 2015, the Corvette Stingray powers ahead for 2016 with appearance, connectivity and technology enhancements that offer customers more personalization choices and convenience features.

Three all-new, color-themed design packages – Twilight Blue, Spice Red and Jet Black Suede – lead the charge, offering custom-tailored appearances that elevate the Stingray’s presence on the street or track, while features such as an available front curb view parking camera and power-cinching latch for the coupe’s hatchback or convertible’s trunk enhance convenience – and add an extra measure protection.

Additional updates and enhancements for the 2016 Corvette Stingray includes:

Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat and Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat exterior colors (replacing Velocity Yellow and Crystal Red Tintcoat)
New standard wheel design now offered silver, black, machined and chrome
Carbon Flash badge option deletes the chrome bar on the front grille
Carbon Fiber Hood option features a visible weave section
Flat-bottom steering wheel
Available two-tone GT seats – red or gray – offered in leather or sueded microfiber
Red or yellow stitching option offered on Stingray 3LT Jet Black interior
Magnetic Ride Control is available on Stingray models without the Z51 package.

Along with all that’s new with the 2016 Corvette Stingray, it carries over an unmatched combination of performance and efficiency. Power comes from the 6.2L LT1 V-8 rated at an SAE-certified 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 460 lb-ft of torque (624 Nm) – and 460 horsepower (343 kW) and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) with the available performance exhaust system. The LT1 engine is offered with a seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Match and a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission that offers quick shifts on par with the world’s best dual-clutch transmissions – delivered with the smoothness unique to a transmission with a torque converter.

Corvette Stingray’s powertrain enables manual-transmission Z51-equipped models able to accelerate from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds – 3.7 seconds with the eight-speed automatic – and run the quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 119 mph, while the Corvette’s chassis and suspension features contribute to 1.03g in cornering grip and stop from 60 mph in 107 feet.

The Corvette Stingray backs its performance capability with the greatest efficiency of any sports car on the market with more than 450 horsepower, delivering an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city driving and 29 mpg on the highway with the seven-speed manual transmission.

Corvette Stingray is offered in 1LT, 2LT and 3LT trim levels.

Design package details

The three new design packages offered on 2016 Stingray offer customers more choices for a tailored look and feel of their Corvette. Each gives the vehicle a distinctive, customized appearance that reflects the different roles the Corvette plays in different customers’ experiences – from high-performance to grand touring.

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Each is offered on Stingray 3LT coupe and convertible models with the following details.

Twilight Blue Design Package:

Offered in Shark Gray, Blade Silver, Arctic White or Night Race Blue exterior colors
Convertibles feature a blue top and Shark Gray tonneau inserts
Shark Gray accent vents
Polished Motorsport wheel
Black or gray brake calipers
Wing rear spoiler included on Stingray models without the Z51 package
Optional tri-color stripe package
Special Twilight Blue full-color interior color
Magnetic Ride Control required on Stingray models without Z51.

Spice Red Design Package:

Offered in new Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat, Shark Gray, Blade Silver and Arctic White exterior colors
Convertibles feature a Spice Red top
Polished Motorsport wheel
Wing rear spoiler included on Stingray models without the Z51 package
Special Spice Red full-color interior color
Magnetic Ride Control required on Stingray models without Z51.

Jet Black Suede Design Package:

Offered in Black, Blade Silver, Arctic White and Torch Red exterior colors
Convertibles feature a black top
Satin black wheels with red stripe
Red brake calipers
Wing rear spoiler included on Stingray models without the Z51 package
Carbon Flash exterior badges
Satin black hood extractor and graphic
Special Jet Black sueded microfiber interior – with sueded microfiber steering wheel and shifter
Carbon fiber (high gloss) interior trim plate
Magnetic Ride Control on Stingray models without Z51.

Corvette Stingray design

Corvette Stingray’s provocative exterior styling is as functional as it is elegant. It makes a bold design statement that embraces the advanced technology of the car, while enhancing its overall performance in everything from the wind tunnel to the track.

Lighting is a signature element of the Corvette Stingray’s design and reinforces its high-tech aesthetic. At the front, indirect white LED lamps form a distinctive daytime styling cue. They are set in black-chrome lamp housings with standard HID projector headlamps. The turn signals feature edge-lit amber LED lighting.

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The dual-element taillamps feature three-dimensional, sculpted lenses housing innovative indirect LED lighting. The state-of-the-art lighting uses hidden LED lamps that cast their light up from the bottom of the housing into a reverse reflector, creating an even glow. LED lamps are also used for the white backup lamps. The taillamps integrate functional aircraft-style air outlets for the available differential and transmission coolers.

The Corvette Stingray convertible features a fully electronic top that can be lowered remotely using the key fob. The top can also be opened or closed on the go, at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h). Its folding mechanism is all-new and enables the top to be lowered in 21 seconds.

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