It’s been more than a year since the seventh-generation Corvette arrived in U.S. dealerships, and Chevy’s new sports car is enjoying great success. In fact, it’s so successful that the 2014 SEMA Show features yet another batch of modified Vettes. GM is definitely eager to showcase a bunch of new accessories for its halo car, while some tuning shops give the newly developed LT1 even more power. While that may be enticing for gearheads attending the event, there’s a certain Corvette that highlights a different approach; one that’s more likely to come from customizing programs such as Ferrari’s Tailor Made and Lamborghini’s Ad Personam.

This is what the Corvette Stingray Paul Stanley edition is all about, a one-of-a-kind creation that shows what Chevrolet is capable of when it comes to creating unique vehicles. Of course, this isn’t a limited-edition you’ll be able to purchase at a dealership near you next year, but a bespoke sports car crafted with input from Kiss guitarist and singer Paul Stanley, also known as "The Starchild." Rockstars are known to have a thing for fast cars, and it seems Stanley isn’t keen to give up on his singing career and buy a Toyota Camryjust yet.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Paul Stanley.

  • 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray by Paul Stanley
  • Year:
    2015
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    eight-speed paddle-shift automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    460
  • Torque @ RPM:
    465
  • Displacement:
    6.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.3 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    200 mph
  • Price:
    85000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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The paint job might be simple and clean for a show like SEMA, but there's more to it once you take a closer look at the rear fenders.

Stanley’s Corvette didn’t get any aerodynamic upgrades, as you’d expect from a SEMA Show car, but it comes in a unique livery that blends a Candy Red body with a Midnight Glaze Silver roof. The mirrors, the front grille and the rear spoiler received the same silver treatment. This isn’t something you can have your Corvette wrapped in from the factory, but boy we wish we could. The combo is stunning to look at and it looks like the kind of shades Chip Foose would use on its hot rods.

The paint job might be simple and clean for a show like SEMA, but there’s more to it once you take a closer look at the rear fenders. The star with the three stripes running toward the rear fascia is Stanley’s very own trademark. In case you’re not familiar with his work, during his live performances with Kiss, Paul wears a black star painted on his right eye.

Rounding of the exterior is a set of Chevrolet Accessories forged aluminum wheels finished in Carbon Flash Metallic. The rollers measure 19 inches up front and 20 inches on the rear, and come wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires.

Interior

The interior of the Corvette Stingray is equally unique. The seats are wrapped in quilted parchment leather, with similar accents spread throughout the cabin. The light-colored leather provides a strong contrast with the otherwise black interior, with dark-red accent stitching adding a dash of color.

Everything else is standard Corvette Stingray, but it’s not something I can complain about, as the seventh-generation sports car is as premium as it gets compared to its predecessor. My only complaint is that this bespoke interior can’t be selected as an option on the 2015 model.

Drivetrain

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As far as the transmission goes, Stanley selected the new, optional eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

While the exterior and the interior received a fair amount of goodies, the Stingray’s engine gained no updates whatsoever. However, Stanley opted for the range-topping Z51 Performance configuration, meaning this particular coupe boasts a performance exhaust system that bumps its output to 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Other features included in the package include a dry-sump oiling system, an electronic limited-slip differential, and larger front brakes.

As far as the transmission goes, Stanley selected the new-for-2015, optional eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. The unit delivers lightning-quick shifting and enables the sports car to return up to 29 mpg on the highway.

Drivetrain/Specifications

Type 6.2L Gen V LT1 engine
Horsepower 460 HP
Peak Torque 465 LB-FT
Transmission eight-speed paddle-shift automatic
Fuel economy 29 mpg highway

Prices

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Chevrolet did not disclose the amount customers would have to pay for an exact replica of Stanley’s Corvette, but simple math tells us it would fetch in close to $80,000. The 3LT trim with the Z51 Performance Package costs $69,445, while the Michelin tires add another $1,739. The wheels aren’t yet listed on Chevrolet Accessories’ website, but we expect a full set to cost about $3,000. The total sits at $74,184 without the paint job, which, unfortunately, you can’t have it unless you take it to a tuning shop. On the other hand, you might as well opt for something unique if you’re willing to spend a few thousand bucks on a bespoke exterior.

Conclusion

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For a SEMA Show car, Stanley’s Corvette is far from spectacular, especially since there are no modifications under the hood. However, it’s living proof that a seventh-gen Corvette can be customized in a tasteful fashion without turning it into a 800-horspower supercar. Looking at it I can’t help but wonder why Chevrolet has yet to established a customizing program similar to Ferrari’s "Tailor Made" for the Corvette. Aside from the Chevrolet Accessories range, of course.

  • Leave it
    • Just a show car
    • You can’t have most of the features on a 2015 Corvette
    • If you could, it would get pricy

Press Release

As the front man for one of the most successful rock groups in history, KISS’ Paul Stanley is an artist with an affinity for great style. He worked with Chevrolet designers to personalize a 2015 Corvette Stingray coupe, creating the perfect instrument that reflects Stanley’s creativity applied to America’s sports car.

“This car is undeniable in terms of its aesthetics,” said Paul Stanley. “And it is also a world-class piece of machinery.”

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First, Stanley selected the exterior scheme, with a unique candy red hue offset with Midnight Glaze Silver paint treatment on the roof, rear hatch, spoiler, outside mirrors and the front grille. He also helped select unique interior enhancements, including quilted parchment leather seats, along with additional parchment leather accents in the Jet Black cabin. There is dark red accent stitching throughout.

Stanley’s Stingray features the available Z51 Performance Package, which includes a dry-sump oiling system, electronic limited-slip differential, larger front brakes and a cooling package for the differential and transmission.

The car rolls on Chevrolet Accessories forged aluminum wheels – 19-inch front/20-inch rear – in Carbon Flash Metallic. They’re used with Michelin P245/35ZR19 tires in front and P285/30ZR20 tires in the rear.

Power comes from the 6.2L Gen V LT1 engine, rated at 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque with the available performance exhaust system. The LT1 features direct injection, continuously variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management. Stanley also selected the Stingray’s new, available eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, which delivers world-class shift times that rival the best dual-clutch designs – while also enabling EPA-estimated 29 mpg on the highway.

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“It was great working with Paul Stanley, because of his vision and passion for design and automobiles,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president, performance vehicles and motorsports.

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