Thursday, April 28, 2011

2012 Chevy Corvette Updates and Upgrades

For the 2012 model year, the Chevrolet Corvette gets some minor performance, interior and feature tweaks. It will hit dealers late this summer.

All Corvette models get new seat designs and a new steering wheel. The seats have larger bolsters — suede seat inserts are now an option on some trims, too. New seat designs are a welcome update; the old seats were lumpy and flimsy, according to editor Mike Hanley. A padded center console and armrests are now included on all 2012 models. A leather-wrapped interior, with contrasting color stitching, is also a new addition.

Chevy upgraded the optional Bose stereo, which now boasts nine speakers (over the previous seven). A new Technology Package combines navigation, head-up display, Bose stereo, Bluetooth and a USB port.

Performance tweaks are relegated to the high-performance Z06 and ZR1 trims. The Z06 is now offered with the Performance Traction Management system, which optimizes traction for greater consistency in racing conditions. Previously, the system was available only on the ZR1. The Z06 is now offered with a self-leveling suspension system called Magnetic Selective Ride Control.

Each trim can also be had with race-oriented Michelin tires that increase lateral acceleration by 8% and improve braking distances.

A carbon-fiber hood now available on the Z06 improves gas mileage by 2 mpg on the highway when the car is equipped with a manual transmission.

The 2012 Corvette goes into production in July and should be available at dealerships shortly afterward.

Watch the Purifoy Chevrolet website for details to order the new car!

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