[VIDEO] Reveal and Walk Around: The 2012 Centennial Edition Corvettes


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.

Members of the Corvette Team that participated in the reveal were Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter, Product Manager Harlan Charles, exterior designer Kirk Bennion and interior designer Craig Sass.

Following the reveal, we did a walk around of each of the three cars starting with the Grand Sport Convertible, then the Z06 in the middle and ending with the ZR1.

The good news about the Carbon Flash metallic paint is that is doesn’t contain Xirallic, the shiny pigment used in some metallic-based paints. If you remember, the world’s only Xirallic factory was damaged in the Japanese earth quake and tsunami, not to mention the third whammy of being located near the damaged Fukashima nuclear reactors. The loss of the pigment shut down production of Cyber Gray and Crystal Red Metallic painted Corvettes for the rest of 2011.

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  1. I’m not a big fan of adding just stickers or a slightly different paint scheme to a corvette when it comes to GM attempting to distinguish the car from the standard offering although I know why they do it. Having said that I really think 100 years is something that should be heavily emphasized and I think GM missed that opportunity with the centennial edition! The stickers don’t stand out, the red stiching is nice but doesn’t add much, and the 100 embossed on the headrest is barely noticeable. In my opinion, the car looks nice but so do all the rest of the corvettes. The centennial should have been given a better appearance package than just stickers and a minor color change to the color used on the interior! After all this opportunity only comes around once every 100 years!

  2. Very boring not impressed. I agree with Dan….I also think, they need to get the hidden front headlights back…….anytime you have the new vette come up behind you, when you look out your rear view mirror, it reminds me of a mitsubishi…they came out with that look first. bobby

  3. I have loved Corvettes since I was 12 years old. I just now have been able to buy my first Corvette. I bought a 2001 yellow. It’s great. I am 46 years of age and feel like a kid again. My children say they can see me smileing in the car behind me. I’ve been to the museum about 10 times in the last few years and the assembly plant about 3 times on tours. Keep up the great work..

    Kevin Copeland

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