The 2012 Corvettes are arriving in the showrooms now, and of course, you want to know what's new for '12. Here's a compilation of all the changes to help you with your shopping and wish list:
2012 Base Corvette and Grand Sport
The 2012 base model Corvette represents an evolutionary change from 2011, with just a few feature and option changes. Chevy sources tell us that there will be big news coming out this year, and that news will almost certainly be about the new C7 revision of the Corvette line.
430 Horsepower LS3 Engine
Both base Corvette and Grand Sport models will continue to be powered by the 6.2-liter 430-horsepower (321 kW) and 424 lb.-ft. of torque (575 Nm) LS3 V-8. An optional dual-mode exhaust system brings a power rating increase to 436 horses (325 kW) and 428 lb.-ft. (580 Nm). A standard six-speed manual transmission and an optional six-speed automatic paddle-shift automatic are offered. Launch control is standard on manual-transmission-equipped models. It optimizes performance for full-throttle starts on a track. In competitive mode, the system will hold a predetermined engine speed while the driver pushes the throttle to the floor. That allows the driver to quickly release the clutch and the system modulates engine torque 100 times per second to maximize the available traction.
Chassis and Suspension
Both the base Corvette and Grand Sport models have a hydroformed steel rail backbone structure. Additionally, Corvette design features cored composite floors, an enclosed center tunnel, rear-mounted transmission for balanced weight distribution, and a unique aluminum cockpit structure.
All Corvette models offer two suspension choices that allow drivers to choose the setup that best suits their driving style. The standard suspension is tuned for a balance of ride comfort and precise handling and comes standard on the base Corvette, while the base Corvette's optional Z16 Performance Package is standard on Grand Sport.
The Z16 package includes extra cooling, stiffer springs and stabilizer bars, specific shock absorbers, larger brakes with six-piston front and four-piston rear cross-drilled rotors, specific tires and Z16-specific six-speed manual when ordered with six-speed manual transmission, or a performance rear axle ratio when ordered with the six-speed paddle shift automatic.
The optional Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension features magneto-rheological dampers able to detect road surfaces, and adjust the damping rates to those surfaces almost instantly for optimal ride control. It includes larger, cross-drilled brake rotors.
Corvette Grand Sport Features
Over the basic Corvette package, the Grand Sport combines the base Corvette's LS3-based powertrain with the wide-body styling, a wider track and a racing-bred suspension similar to the Z06 for a distinctive model that delivers greater handling performance with wider wheels and tires, revised shock valving, upgraded sway bar and spring specifications, and specific gearing.
Grand Sport models may also be ordered with an optional "Heritage" package that includes iconic Grand Sport front fender hash marks offered in four colors, and custom seat embroidery. You can also specify optional brake caliper colors in red, yellow, silver and gray.
2012 Chevy Centennial Edition Corvette
The 2012 Corvette lineup celebrates Chevrolet's performance heritage with the 2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette, which features a sleek black color scheme, unique design elements and Corvette's unsurpassed sports car technology. The special package is inspired by Chevrolet's racing-bred foundation and is offered on all Corvette models for 2012.
You can download a Corvette Hero Card from Chevy.
What’s New for 2012 on Corvette and Grand Sport
- Optional Chevrolet Centennial Edition package for all models, featuring Carbon Flash Metallic paint, satin-black graphics, satin-black wheels, unique badges, special-trimmed interior and Magnetic Selective Ride Control
- New Carlisle Blue Metallic and Carbon Flash Metallic exterior colors
- Reconfigured 2LT Trim level featuring a new Technology Package - head-up display, navigation with voice recognition, Bose premium audio, one-year SiriusXM satellite radio, USB iPod connection and input jacks, Bluetooth phone connection
- Customer-selectable brake caliper color choices in red, yellow, silver or gray
- New seat design with greater driver lateral support
- Optional microfiber inserts in the seats
- New steering wheel with model-specific badges, streamlined switch trim and wrapped spokes
- Padded center console and armrests standard on all trim levels
- Contrasting color stitching in red, blue and yellow offered with the custom leather-wrapped interior
- Optional Bose Premium audio system with nine speakers
2012 Corvette and Corvette Grand Sport Technical Specifications
Corvette Base Model
V8 Engine: 6.2L V-8 LS3
Displacement (cu in / cc): 376 / 6162
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92
Block and Head material: cast aluminum
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 430 / 321 @ 5900* w/ std. exhaust
436 / 325 @ 5900* w/ opt. exhaust
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 424 / 575 @ 4600* w/ std. exhaust
428 / 580 @ 4600* w/ opt. exhaust
Recommended fuel: premium recommended, not required
EPA estimated fuel economy (city / hwy): 15 / 25 (automatic)
16 / 26 (manual)
Transmissions: six-speed manual or six-speed paddle-shift automatic
Front Suspension: short/long arm ( SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite leaf spring, monotube shock absorber
Rear Suspension: short/long arm ( SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite leaf spring, monotube shock absorber
Brakes: Front and rear power-assisted disc with ABS with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers, cross-drilled rotors
Wheels & Tires: 18-inch Front, 19-inch Rear (1 inch wider on Grand Sport)
Wheelbase (in / mm): 105.7 / 2685
Curb weight (lb / kg): 3208 / 1455 (Corvette coupe)
3221 / 1461 (Corvette convertible)
3311 / 1502 (Grand Sport coupe)
3289 / 1492 (Grand Sport convertible)
Weight distribution (% front / rear): 51 / 49