• Nov 2, 2009

Chevrolet 50th Anniversary Corvette Stingray Concept – Click above for a new high-res image gallery

It's perfectly common for an automaker to release details and photos of a concept car in the months or weeks ramping up to its official debut at a major auto show. Not so much several months later, though. So you can imagine our confusion as to why Chevrolet has revealed the 50th Anniversary Corvette Stingray Concept once again.

Also referred to as the Corvette Centennial, the show car debuted at the Chicago Auto Show this past February, and had a cameo as Sideswipe in the latest Transformers sequel, Revenge of the Fallen. Now several months later, General Motors has hit us again with a fresh batch of photos and a brief press release (posted after the jump) conspicuously short on details, only hinting that something's changed by stating that "a version of the model" previously debuted in Chicago, but saying little else. Do we care? Not really. Because rationale aside, the Stingray is pretty badass, as you can see from the photos in the gallery below. So let's throw reason out the window and enjoy.



[Source: Chevrolet]
PRESS RELEASE:

50th Anniversary Corvette Stingray Concept
Design and technology come together to celebrate Corvette's past, present and future

October 30, 2009

DETROIT – Chevrolet delivers a futuristic vision of technology and design with the 50th Anniversary Corvette Stingray Concept. A version of the model was first shown at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show and stars as "Sideswipe" in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The Corvette Stingray Concept represents both the iconic legacy and an exciting future for Corvette.

The Corvette Stingray Concept was developed as an internal design challenge to combine classic Corvette cues with surprisingly high-tech features, modern materials, and a striking new appearance. The car is well-appointed with a clamshell hood, scissor-style doors, ergonomic seats, rear-view camera with night vision enhancement, and a high performance hybrid drive. Interactive touch controls allow the driver to customize the power and efficiency of his or her ride and share it with friends via the in-car camera system and advanced telemetrics.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Fantastic. Yes, I will buy it - definitely, especially with the split rear window. My favorite Corvette icon element ever. I' ve been waiting many, many years to buy a Corvette I want new--all not quite there in looks and material, even though they are in performance. 1st choice is still Mid engine, but I realize this is very unlikely. By the way, I had a 63 and 67 once. Currently I have an Audi R8, TT and a classic BMW coupeand Jaguar. But, I want a new Corvette and it will not be the current design or anyhing like it.
      Please Bob Lutz and GM build it or something as nice with a split rear window and those fantastic body cuts.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the different elements that identify it as a thoroughly modern Corvette and as an affordable exotic. If the design stays relatively similar in it's production form, it will make the current Vette look completely outmoded.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It hurts my eyes... It's the worst Corvette. If they make it to production, they should change the headlight.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ click_playaz
        The design is quite daring, it won't please everyone (at first in the least). To me the front is good, even the egg crate has its place. The profile is excellent. However, the rear needs some work, the creases have to be smaller, the lights need to be visible, not outside the mesh, and it needs some detailing in the middle. I really like the interior, I hope it makes it into production.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, the rear too, needs some work on it. but it hard to believe that GM will do this thing different from the concept, because Camaro is a clear proof.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take the current model.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My understanding is that the split window will remain and the Vette will be smaller than the current model and will weigh about 200 pounds less. This per AutoLine Detroit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      throw in an ls-7 or ls-9 and I would buy it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      First off... NeutralGear- - shift it into 1st buddy... or can you get it into 1st? this car is a concept.. of course you're not going to drive it and thats why there are only 3 LED bulbs... it's a CONCEPT!!!
      Secondly... Davin Black I agree... yes, it is badass... one of the coolest yet most practical concepts from any auto maker in a long time... i can picture this vehicle on the road...
      Thirdly... Congrats to GM for their great success since the bail out... kinda like Donald Trump. We were at the top, then lost it, but we are heading back up to clame our spot!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The design is quite daring, it won't please everyone (at first in the least). To me the front is good, even the egg crate has its place. The profile is excellent. However, the rear needs some work, the creases have to be smaller, the lights need to be visible, not outside the mesh, and it needs some detailing in the middle. I really like the interior, I hope it makes it into production.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm sorry, this was meant to be a reply to click_playaz.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah... oh well, overall exterior needs changes.
      JJU
      • 3 Years Ago
      I own both a 1963 FI Coupe and a 2011 ZR1. While I love the styling on both, the '63 seems to get more attention in general for its styling at car shows. The ZR1 is unmatched for its engineering and power and it attracts the younger crowd. While I don't see this concept vehicle being made in my lifetime, it will take a bold move by Chevrolet to produce something close to this. The economy is such that Chevrolet won't take a chance on something like this any time soon. What sport car makers in general don't realize that the future lies in the hands of the youth and the youth aren't buying Corvettes; it's middle aged and older drivers. It's mostly the price of the vehicle that's keeping the youth away. Corvette clubs are losing membership for this very reason.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When this car first appeared in the Transformers movie, GM was very adamant about telling everyone that the next-gen Vette will NOT look anything like this concept, and that it was simply a fanciful design just for Hollywood. But the more and more they show this car off, the more I think that they will in fact pull styling cues from it for the C7 Vette.

      I have no delusions in thinking that it will look exactly like this concept, but I can definitely see them using some of the heavily sculpted lines on a production model.
      • 5 Years Ago
      love the light on this thing but the rest of it is a big ? mark
      • 5 Years Ago
      Magnificent Manta Ray emblem! At least as an option.That's got to stay! A thousand times better than crossed flags. Beautiful.
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