Most automakers wait for a huge auto show to reveal updates for one of their more popular models, but Chevrolet is changing it up by presenting the 2012 updates for their beloved Corvette at the C5/C6 Bash at the National Corvette Museum. Luckily, the anticipation for a New York Auto Show reveal wasn’t a total bust as somehow or another the first details for the 2012 Corvette were revealed ahead of schedule. Now, Chevrolet is releasing the full spectrum of details just a few days before the vehicle’s grand reveal at the Museum extravaganza.

Most of the changes made to the Corvette show up in the Z06 and ZR1 models, with a new High Performance Package and a new Ultimate Performance Package. The only changes made across the Corvette board will be a host of interior modifications.

UPDATE 06/09/2011: A 2012 Corvette ZR1 equipped with new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Zero Pressure tires has tackled the ZR1’s Nurburgring time set in 2008, shaving off more than six seconds. The ZR1’s new time of 7:19.63 gets that much closer to the record holding 7:18 run of the Porsche GT2 RS, but more importantly, provides the Corvette with ammo against the Dodge Viper ACR (7.19 seconds), the Nissan GTR (7:26.7), Ferrari Enzo (7:25.21), and the Pagani Zonda F Clubsport (7:24.44).

UPDATE 06/14/2011: Chevrolet has announced full specs and prices for the 2012 Corvette. And the bad news is that compared to the 2011 MY, the 2012 Corvette will be a little bit more expensive: prices will range from $49,525 for the base coupe version up to $111,525 for the ZR1 version. There is a price increase of about $480-$1,150 based on the model. Hit the jump for the full details. (CorvetteBlogger)

Hit the jump for full details on the Chevrolet Corvette.


2012 Chevrolet Corvette Exterior
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The new model year for the famous sports car will come with improved performance, especially for the Z06 and ZR1 versions. The ZR1 will receive a new Z07 High Performance Package that includes black cup style lightweight 19" front and 20" rear wheels, Michelin PS Cup tires, and a 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission. For the Z06, Chevrolet will be offering a new Ultimate Performance Package that adds Performance Traction Management (PTM) which was previously exclusive to the ZR1, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, Michelin PS Cup tires, black cup style lightweight aluminum wheels, and Magnetic Selective Ride Control.

The new set of optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Zero Pressure tires, 285/30-19 (front) and 335/25-20 (rear), 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 also stronger than the 20-spoke wheel offered in 2011. The 2012 Corvette will also get a racing-style spoiler for improved aerodynamics and a carbon fiber hood.

"We constantly strive to make the Corvette a better car on the road and the track," says Tadge Juechter, Corvette vehicle line director and chief engineer. "For 2012, the Corvette lineup achieves its highest performance level ever, while at the same time being easier to drive and enjoy thanks to several changes and new features inside the car."


The interior updates for the Corvette will take place across the entire range. Each model will come with a new seat design featuring a larger bolster on the seat back and cushion areas, which provide better driver support, especially in high-performance driving. These seats will also come with optional Microfiber suede seat inserts for additional support. Further driver and passenger support can be attained in the padded center console and armrests. The steering wheel isn’t exactly padded like the rest of the interior, but it does get minor revisions in the form of a streamlined switch trim, wrapped spokes, and some model-specific badges.

Another addition to the Corvette’s interior is the new Bose uplevel audio system, which includes nine speakers (compared to seven in 2011) for improved audio quality.


2012 Chevrolet Corvette Exterior
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The changes made to the 2012MY were minimal once you take into consideration that everything under the hood remained completely untouched. The Z06 version still gets a 7.0 Liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 505 hp at 6300 rpm and 470 lb.-ft. of torque at 4800 rpm. The ZR1 version will use the same 6.2 Liter LS9 aluminum block V8 engine with a total of 638 hp at 6500 rpm and 604 lb.- ft. of torque at 3800 rpm. The Z06 version will hit 198 mph, while the ZR1 will go up to 205 mph.


The new 2012 Corvette will go into production July 2011 with prices being announced at a later date. The entrance of the 2012 Corvette will also give way to the introduction of the Centennial Edition.

2012 Corvette Coupe $49,525
1LT Base Equipment Group $0
2LT Equipment Group $2,095
3LT Preferred Equipment Group $5,995
4LT Premium Equipment Group $9,495
2012 Corvette Convertible $54,525
1LT Base Equipment Group $0
2LT Equipment Group $2,095
3LT Preferred Equipment Group $7,995
4LT Premium Equipment Group $11,495
2012 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe $55,925
1LT Base Equipment Group $0
2LT Equipment Group $2,095
3LT Preferred Equipment Group $5,995
4LT Premium Equipment Group $9,495
2012 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible $59,525
1LT Base Equipment Group $0
2LT Equipment Group $2,095
3LT Preferred Equipment Group $7,995
4LT Premium Equipment Group $11,495
2012 Corvette Z06 $75,525
1LZ Base Equipment Group $0
2LZ Preferred Equipment Group $4,310
3LZ Premium Equipment Group $8,815
2012 Corvette ZR1 $111,525
1ZR Base Equipment Group $0
3ZR Premium Equipment Group $10,000


B92 Carbon Fiber Hood for Z06 $2,495
BA5 Black Grand Sport Fender Badges $100
C2L Roof Package – Includes Painted and Glass Tops $1,400
CC3 Glass Roof instead of Painted Roof $750
CCR Special order option $0
CFZ Z06 Carbon Fiber Package $3,995
D30 Color Combination Override $590
ERI Battery Protection Package $100
F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control – Grand Sports $1,695
F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control – Coupe/Conv $1,995
F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control – Z06 $2,495
H33 Cyber Gray Metallic Headlamp Override $590
H34 Blade Silver Metallic Headlamp Override $590
H35 Black Headlamp Override $590
J55 Cross Drilled Brake Rotors $500
J6C Silver Brake Calipers $595
J6D Dark Gray Brake Calipers $595
J6E Yellow Brake Calipers $595
J6F Red Brake Calipers $595
MN6 6-Speed Manual Transmission $0
MYC 6-Speed Paddle Shift Automatic Transmission $1,250
NPP Dual Mode Exhaust $1,195
PBC Corvette Engine Build Experience $5,800
PDE ZR1 Performance Package $1,495
PIN Customer Selectable VIN $5,000
R8C Museum Delivery $490
R8E Gas Guzzler Tax (ZR1) $1000
U3U Navigation 6.5” Screen $1,795
US9 6 Disc CD Changer $395
VK3 Front License Plate Bracket $15
Z07 Z06 Ultimate Performance Package $7,500
Z15 Grand Sport Heritage Package $1,195
ZLC Chevrolet Centennial Special Edition $4,950
**6 Two-Tone Seating $695
36S Custom Leather Stitching – Yellow $395
37S Custom Leather Stitching – Blue $395
38S Custom Leather Stitching – Red $395
0B1 Cross Flag Embroidery on Headrests $300
28U Inferno Orange Metiallic $300
45U Velocity Yellow Premium Tintcoat $850
89U Crystal Red Premium Tintcoat $850


PYD Competition Gray Aluminum – Grand Sport $395
PYE Chrome Aluminum – Grand Sport $1,995
Q44 Z06 Competition Gray $395
Q5V Machine Faced Cup Style – Z06 $995
Q6B ZR1 Chrome Aluminum $2,000
Q6J ZR1 Competition Gray Aluminum $395
Q8A Z06 Chrome Aluminum $1,995
QX1 Competition Gray Aluminum – Coupe/Conv $395
QX3 Chrome Aluminum – Coupe/Conv $1,850
RQ1 Machine Faced Aluminum – Coupe/Conv $895


2012 Chevrolet Corvette High Resolution Exterior
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Depending on the trim level, the 2012 Corvette will take on models like the Jaguar XK and Nissan GT-R. The Jaguar XK has been redesigned for 2012 and is powered by a 5.0 Liter V8 that delivers a total of 385 HP and 380 lb-ft of torque or 510 HP in the XK-R version. The Corvette may have a higher power output, but the XK has the advantage of a more luxurious interior, something the Corvette has never been complimented on.

The Nissan GT-R comes with a 3.8-liter V6 twin turbo engine that delivers 475hp to 530hp at 6,400rpm and is by far one of the best looking sports cars on the market. The only thing is that the ZR1 is capable of a top speed of 205 mph, far better than the 193 mph of the GT-R.

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  (100) posted on 09.27.2012

Im really impressed on it’s performance than the exterior and interior of this design because other cars might offer more luxurious design.

  (57) posted on 09.24.2012

Wow. The front fascia is superb! I think they really prepare the front fascia and this car having so much features?!? I won’t pass this fortune in my way.

  (26) posted on 09.24.2012

I just don’t like the interior design, I think other car has better interior concept than this one.

  (105) posted on 09.24.2012

I just don’t like the interior design, I think other car has better interior concept than this one.

  (780) posted on 09.20.2012

WOW! The car version of the black mamba! Sure it has the style and the angst, but does it have a good handling and speed?

  (580) posted on 02.7.2012

This 2012 version of Chevrolet Corvette is kind of old-school American muscle car. However, don’t worry for sophistication; this 2012 Corvette has it. I guess this car can bring the heat by its super-fast speed.

  (776) posted on 02.1.2012

Chevrolet added features to this version of Corvette like the new nine-speaker Bose sound system and a more powerful engine. The upgraded interior offers functionality. This car could bring the heat and there’s no question with that.

  (858) posted on 12.21.2011

Hmm, they do have a pretty good set of new upgrades for the Corvette. And if you take that into account, you would actually find that the increase in price rather reasonable.

  (399) posted on 12.12.2011

Nissan looks more aggressive than with this Corvette, but they are right that this one improves a lot on its exterior, and it’s a good thing as well that it has a powerful engine than with its competitor.

  (427) posted on 12.7.2011

Corvette really improves a lot, but I’m still not so impressed with this, and I would as yet prefer to have a Jaguar XK for it can offer a more stunning and awesome feature, especially on its interior.

  (276) posted on 11.23.2011

Corvette has really improved a lot on its exterior. However, I am hoping that it could also offer a luxurious interior just like what its competitor had. Anyway, I’m so impressed with the options that this one had.

  (502) posted on 11.23.2011

Yeah! It is really a big improvement for this Corvette, and I admit that it truly looks better now. Well, the design of its front bumper only adds more aggressive looks on it.

  (530) posted on 11.22.2011

It is really a great improvement on a Corvette, but I hope that they also update its interior and this time it can already offer an impressive and classy interior, just like what its competitor had.

  (466) posted on 11.21.2011

I love the improvement of the looks of this Corvette, and it is really now so striking than before. I just only wonder if they also did some updates on its interior? Anyway, the engine output of it is already very impressive.

  (830) posted on 11.16.2011

For some reason, I don’t like the exterior detailing of this Corvette. However, I’m impressed on its lap record, that it is really impressive on it. I just only hope that it can also offer a very comfortable interior.

  (676) posted on 11.16.2011

No wonder that it had a great lap record because its engine specification is truly could give an awesome speed performance! Anyway, I wonder if what will be the market price of this one?

  (374) posted on 11.9.2011

The lap record of this Corvette is absolutely so great! In some point, there’s really no doubt if it could have an impressive speed performance because of the fact that it is from Chevrolet.

  (453) posted on 11.4.2011

I love the improved exterior looks of this Chevrolet Corvette, well it is already looking great also on its body paint option, and the engine specifications of it seems so nice.

  (459) posted on 11.2.2011

This Corvette of Chevrolet is still oozing with angst and aggressiveness in spite of having only a simple detailing, but I noticed that this one is too pricey, which is so sad to hear. smiley

  (526) posted on 10.4.2011

It sounds so good to know that they update the interior of this Corvette, well for me the exterior design and style are already perfect! smiley V8 engine than can deliver 638 horsepower is not enough for a sports car.

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