2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette to kick off its 100th anniversary

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In celebration of Chevrolet’s 100th anniversary, it is introducing the 2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette, which features a sleek black color scheme, unique design elements and Corvette’s trademark sports car technology.

“Racing and performance are the roots of Chevrolet, a tradition carried forward today by Corvette,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “The Centennial Edition not only celebrates our 100 years, it once again pushes Corvette forward for a new generation of sports car fans.”

The Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette expresses its racing heritage in a modern form; it is sleek and sinister looking with a few modern technology added to the package such as a Magnetic Selective Ride Control for a fast-reacting suspension.

On the outside, the 2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette gets a special coat of “Carbon Flash” black paint and carries logos with the “100” number. Else where, a graphic logo featuring an iconic image of Louis Chevrolet appears on the B-pillars, the center caps of the wheels, and the center of the steering wheel. Exclusive wheels include 18-inch/19-inch for Coupe, Convertible and Grand Sport; and 19-inch/20-inch for Z06 and ZR1.

In the interior, there are Alcantara and contrasting red stitching to enhance the black and red theme, and the headrests are embossed with the 100th anniversary logo as well.

As for the powertrain, the 2012 Centennial Edition features a 6.2-liter V8 producing 430 horsepower in the Grand Sport version, the Z06 version gets a 7.0-liter V8 producing 505 hp, and the top-range ZR1 comes with a 638-hp supercharged LS9 V8 engine.

The Centennial Edition Corvettes will go on sale by this summer, and the first car will be auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson in West Palm Beach, Florida. Also, Chevrolet will make the 2012 Centennial Edition package available on all Corvette models, including Grand Sport, Z06 and ZR1 by this summer. Check out the video below for some live action of the 2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette.