2012 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition Unveiled

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Chevrolet's parent company, General Motors, celebrated its centennial back in 2008, but this time it's Chevy's turn, and with the 100-year mark comes a unique Corvette Z06, blacked out and on sale this summer.

The package is intended to celebrate Chevy's racing history, but the Z06 is apparently already fast enough that the upgrades are almost purely cosmetic: a unique Carbon Flash Metallic paint job, satin black graphics, lightweight cast-spun wheels, red brake calipers, and a set of special badges including several images of Louis Chevrolet placed on the B-pillars, wheel center caps, and steering wheel.

The final touch: Chevy's historic crossed flags with "100" in place of the fleur-de-lis.

Inside, the car gets more dark-themed additions, including Ebony leather accents and red stitching, and microfiber suede accents.

The Centennial Edition package can be applied to any Corvette model, from base coupe to ZR1, with the order code ZLC. It goes on sale this summer. Pricing will be announced closer to its available date.

The very first of the Centennial Editions, a Z06 with VIN number 100, will be auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson event in West Palm Beach, Florida on April 9 to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. The car to cross the block includes the CFZ carbon fiber package, the Z07 performance package, and a new Z06 carbon fiber hood. The bidder that wins the car will also get entry to the Corvette Engine Build Experience program and the chance to take delivery of the car at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

For a look at another Chevy Centennial car, check out the MiRay Concept.

 
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