It’s been one hundred years since auto-racer-turned-entrepreneur Louis Chevrolet founded the company that bears his name. To celebrate their birthday and Chevy’s rich racing heritage, the company has announced a Centennial Edition package, available across the entire Corvette range. Unlike most “special editions” which give you commemorative badging and quasi-tasteful graphics, this package includes some items definitely worth the price of admission. You still get your seasoning to spice things up, but you get some definite meat with the package as well.
Centennial Edition Corvettes don’t get any additional horsepower, but they do get GM’s superb Magnetic Ride Control suspension. Previously available on ZR1 and Z06 models exclusively, all Centennial Edition Corvettes include this as part of the package. If you’ve never driven a car with this setup, do so at your earliest opportunity. Unlike earlier “adjustable” suspensions, which went from “way soft” to “way hard” at the turn of a knob, Magnetic Ride Control works unbelievably well. That’s probably why GM has licensed the technology to companies like Ferrari.
If you like black, you’ll love the color scheme of the new ‘Vette. Outside, it’s sprayed in a color GM calls Carbon Flash Metallic, and all graphics are matte black. An image of Louis Chevrolet himself stares back from the B-pillar graphics, and his face also adorns the wheel center caps and steering wheel center. Inside, ebony leather and black microfiber are highlighted by contrasting red stitching, and commemorative logos are embossed in the headrests.
Want more substance? How about unique and lighter spun aluminum wheels, featuring a red lip on Z06 models? How about red painted brake calipers, which don’t help you go any faster but sure do look cool when the car is parked? You can still order up all of the tasty performance bits available for the Corvette model of your choice, but I give the Centennial Edition two thumbs up for being tasteful. Chevy hasn’t announced package pricing yet, but says we can expect an update closer to the car’s summertime arrival at dealerships.