50th Anniversary Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept Official Details

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General Motors has given us a futuristic vision of technology and design with the 50th Anniversary Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept. Celebrating 50 years since the debut of the original Corvette Stingray Racer Concept in 1959, the latest addition to GM’s long line of stylistic show cars was first displayed at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show before it starred as “Sideswipe” in the movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

The overall idea of the 50th Anniversary Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept was to incorporate past design cues in a fully futuristic shape. Speaking specifically about the car, Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design, said: "By giving my creative team the freedom to design no-holds-barred vision concepts, it helps them push boundaries and look at projects from different perspectives."

The 50th Anniversary Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept is at this point solely a design exercise, not foreshadowing a production vehicle, though talk of the upcoming C7 Corvette has been circulating for some time.

Some of the concept’s features we could envisage making into a production Corvette one day include its clamshell hood, scissor-style doors, ergonomic seats, rear-view camera with night vision enhancement, and a high performance hybrid powertrain.

This latter element comes with interactive touch controls inside the cabin to allow the driver to customize the power and efficiency of the car and then share it with friends via an in-car camera system and advanced telemetrics.

For a full run-down of the potential hybrid and other powertrain options for the next-gen Corvette, check out John Voelcker's article over at Green Car Reports.

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  1. Wow, took them long enough to conjure up theoretical details. I'd imagine the C7 will take at least some styling cues from this, but I doubt the split window will remain, unfortunately. The C6 is looking a little long-in-the-tooth, but the performance of Z06 and ZR1 still make it the supercar bargain of this decade. I wouldn't expect a production hybrid 'Vette anytime soon, either. Maybe the C8 or at the end of the C7's life cycle, maybe.
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  2. Pretty much all Vettes looked like Batmobiles when they were first released (ok, C4/C6 less so). How do you think people reacted when they first saw C2? And guess what, C2 is now considered a classic/classy design.
    GM should not play safe with Corvette. If anything, playing safe is what can kill it for good.
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