2011 SEMA Preview: Chevrolet Corvette Carlisle Blue Grand Sport Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 28, 2011

General Motors will be displaying two brand new concepts based on the Chevrolet Corvette at the upcoming SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Chris Perry, vice president, global marketing and strategy for Chevrolet, said that a factory-stock vehicle is a rarity in any Corvette or Camaro enthusiast event. He explained that for decades, owners have been treating their cars as “canvasses to express their personalization and high-performance dreams.”

He added that the SEMA show is the “perfect venue” to experiment on new customization concepts and to motivate new owners to begin modifications on their cars.

Corvette Carlisle Blue Grand Sport Concept will be one of the models that will be seen at the show. This was built as a tribute for the 30th anniversary of the “Corvettes at Carlisle,” one of the biggest annual Corvette events in North America.

The car’s primary theme originates from the pale Carlisle Blue exterior, new Silver-painted Torque 2 wheels and Pearl White full-length racing stripes. Furthermore, the hand-built LS3 6.2-liter V8 has been coupled to a dual-mode exhaust, a six-speed manual.

The new Corvette boasts of a strong visual identity thanks to its dynamic grille and exposed headlamps as well as spectacular fender forms. Its headlamps feature fixed Xenon high-intensity discharge units that allow for excellent illumination of the road ahead. In addition, the Corvette’s high-performance nature is helped by the tapered rear deck and fascia.

Its rear end is marked by center-exit exhaust and round taillamps. Its Coupe models – with a Cd value of 0.286 -- are considered the most aerodynamic Corvettes so far. While an easy-to-operate manual top comes as standard for the 2008 Corvette Convertible, a power-operated soft top could also be availed by opting for the 3LT package.

Employing a five-layer fabric, both the manual and power-operated tops provide the convertible with good top-up looks while preserving its remarkable aerodynamics and cutting road noise. Taking inspiration from its dual-cockpit heritage, the interior of the new Corvette makes use of high-quality materials with excellent functionality and boasts of outstanding craftsmanship.

For instance, the doors and the instrument panel are wrapped in cast-skin foam-in-place trim seemingly similar to a leather-wrapped, padded panel. This warm and inviting foam-in-place trim is twice as durable as conventional trim materials.

A full-function OnStar system is featured as standard on the new Corvette, although an onboard navigation system with voice recognition could be availed by customers. This OnsStar system comes with a 6.5-inch (165 mm) color touch-screen display and features complete map data for the 48 contiguous states and most of Canada on one DVD disc.

Also featured as standard on the new Corvette is an AM/FM/XM radio with CD player and audio input jack. Customers, however, may avail of an optional Bose audio system with an in-dash six-disc as well as steering-wheel mounted audio controls.

Press Release

Corvette Carlisle Blue Grand Sport Concept

This Corvette celebrates 30 years of "Corvettes at Carlisle," one of the largest annual Corvette events in North America. It introduces a new Carlisle Blue exterior, new Silver-painted Torque 2 wheels and Pearl White full-length racing stripes. The Carlisle Grand Sport also showcases all-out performance with a dual-mode exhaust and Magnetic Selective Ride Control. Corvette was born to race, and that performance DNA runs through every inch of this unique Grand Sport.

Vehicle highlights

  • LS3 6.2L with dry sump oil system – hand-built at GM's Performance Build Center
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Magnetic Selective Ride Control
  • Gray six-piston brake calipers (2012 option)
  • Goodyear® F1 Supercar Gen 2 tires
  • Dual-mode exhaust system
  • New Carlisle Blue Metallic exterior
  • Cyber Gray headlamps (2012 option)
  • Genuine Corvette Accessory Torque 2 silver-painted wheels in 18x10-inch (front) and 19x12-inch (rear)
  • Genuine Corvette Accessory Carbon Fiber Ground Effects – front splitter and rockers
  • Genuine Corvette Accessory full-width rear spoiler
  • Genuine Corvette Accessory GRAND SPORT hood blanket
  • Genuine Corvette Accessory Pearl White full-length stripe kit
  • 4LT trim level with Ebony/Titanium leather color interior and blue stitching
  • New-for-2012 Bose® Premium Audio with nine speakers, USB port and audio jack with iPod® integration on the touch screen
  • Genuine Corvette Accessory GRAND SPORT Ebony floor mats
  • Genuine Corvette Accessory GRAND SPORT console lid
  • Genuine Corvette Accessory Racing Pedal Package

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