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Reveal and Walk Around of the 2012 Centennial Edition Corvettes

After seeing the Carbon Flash Metallic paint up close and in person, I was blown away at the sparkle and shine that radiates from the car under the bright Kentucky sunshine. It’s a spectacular color that lends itself well to Corvettes and should cause a lot of buyers to plunk down the extra cash for the 1-year special edition Corvette. At the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash on Friday morning, the first three Corvettes of 2012, all Centennial Editions, were unveiled in front of a crowd of Corvette owners and enthusiasts.

Picture Gallery: Friday at the C5/C6 Corvette Bash

Although the 2012 Centennial Edition Corvette made its public debut at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction earlier this month, today is the day that the special edition was unveiled to a throng of owners and enthusiasts at the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash. We will be updating the gallery thoughout the day here as well as on our Facebook page.

First Look: 2012 Corvette Cup Wheels and Michelin Sport Cup Tires

Good things come to those who wait and about fifteen minutes following the close of the National Corvette Museum, these production 2012 Z06 Corvettes were found parked in the front lot. Each features the new lighweight aluminum cup wheels in both black and Machined Face. The Supersonic Blue Z06 with the Black wheels are sporting the new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.

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Maximizing Performance: New Details and Upgrades for 2012 Corvettes

Next weekend’s C5/C6 Bash at the National Corvette Museum is the annual confab where GM and the Corvette Team introduce the changes on the new model-year Corvette. However, that presentation appears to have been somewhat preempted by the release of information from a Chevy dealer on the Corvette Forum which details the changes and upgrades coming on the 2012 Corvette.

Where 2011 was about personalization, you can say that 2012 is all about maximizing performance, especially at the higher end of the model lineup. ZR1 gets a new performance package while Z06 gets some more of ZR1’s tech. New wheels, R-Compound Michelin cup tires and a new 9-speaker stereo are just some of the option boxes that buyers will be checking off starting this summer.

There’s a lot to go through so we’re going to list the options and then we’ll come back around to analyze and discuss with you. As the t-shirt says, “Sit down, shut up and hang on” as we take you through the list of upgrades and changes for the 2012 Corvette.

[VIDEO] Dragstrip Shootout: 1973 Corvette Stingray vs Corvette Z06

It’s new versus old in this video of an Atomic Orange C6 Corvette Z06 racing a 1973 Corvette Coupe down the strip. Obviously modified, the C3 Corvette gets the slightest of jumps on the Z06 at the start but that 505-horsepower LS7 kicks in and it’s neck and neck down the straightaway. Who wins is anyone’s guess. You’ll have to watch after the jump.

Carlisle Blue to Make Debut on 2012 Corvettes

The retirement of Jetstream Blue Metallic in 2011 leaves the door open for GM to offer a new color for the 2012 Corvette and today we are pleased to bring you its replacement: Carlisle Blue Metallic. The new color is an existing Chevy color called “Ice Blue Metallic” and can be seen on the 2011 Cruze. We think the color reminds us of the 1982 color called Silver Blue Metallic or the Light Blue Metallic offered in 1984-85.

The Race To Win a New Corvette Contest is Now Open

For the second straight year, GM is holding a Corvette sweepstakes where the winner will receive a new 2012 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible plus a trip for 2 to the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. To enter, you just have to answer 3 simple questions about how the Corvette Grand Sport is better than the Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. Don’t worry, the answers a pretty obvious.

[PICS] The 2012 Centennial Edition Corvette Z06 at Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach Auction
Photo © Richard Black

The 2012 Centennial Edition Corvette Z06 made its public debut last weekend at the Chevrolet display at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach collector car auction. Here are a few pictures of the upcoming appearance package which really highlight the new Carbon Flash Metallic paint. I bet this bad boy really shines in the sunlight!

2012 Centennial Edition Corvette Z06 #100 Sells at Barrett-Jackson for $175,000

Over the last few years, Chevrolet has utilized Barrett-Jackson to preview upcoming Camaro and Corvette production models by auctioning off one the cars before they are built. One of the most prolific buyers of these low VIN cars is Chevy dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick. Last year at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction, Hendrick purchased the first retail 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition. Although he could not be at this year’s auction in person, he was there in spirit, phoning in the winning bid of $175,000 to purchase VIN 100 of the upcoming 2012 Corvette Centennial Edition Z06. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.

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