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.


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  • The Corvette vision concept is unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in Chicago, IL Wednesday, February 11, 2009. The vehicle will debut as the character 'Sideswipe' in the upcoming DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures release, �Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.� The vehicle was dreamed up by the Corvette designers at GM and is influenced by the original Stingray race car introduced in 1959. The movie will feature four new Chevrolet characters and open in the United States on June 26. (Photo by Steve Fecht for General Motors)
  • The Corvette vision concept is unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in Chicago, IL Wednesday, February 11, 2009. The vehicle will debut as the character 'Sideswipe' in the upcoming DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures release, �Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.� The vehicle was dreamed up by the Corvette designers at GM and is influenced by the original Stingray race car introduced in 1959. The movie will feature four new Chevrolet characters and open in the United States on June 26. (Photo by Steve Fecht for General Motors)
  • General Motors Vice President Global Design Ed Welburn unveils the Corvette vision concept at the Chicago Auto Show in Chicago, IL Wednesday, February 11, 2009. The vehicle will debut as the character 'Sideswipe' in the upcoming DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures release, �Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.� The vehicle was dreamed up by the Corvette designers at GM and is influenced by the original Stingray race car introduced in 1959. The movie will feature four new Chevrolet characters and open in the United States on June 26. (Photo by Tyler Mallory for General Motors)
  • The Corvette vision concept is unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in Chicago, IL Wednesday, February 11, 2009. The vehicle will debut as the character 'Sideswipe' in the upcoming DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures release, �Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.� The vehicle was dreamed up by the Corvette designers at GM and is influenced by the original Stingray race car introduced in 1959. The movie will feature four new Chevrolet characters and open in the United States on June 26. (Photo by Steve Fecht for General Motors)
  • The Corvette vision concept is unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in Chicago, IL Wednesday, February 11, 2009. The vehicle will debut as the character 'Sideswipe' in the upcoming DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures release, �Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.� The vehicle was dreamed up by the Corvette designers at GM and is influenced by the original Stingray race car introduced in 1959. The movie will feature four new Chevrolet characters and open in the United States on June 26. (Photo by Steve Fecht for General Motors)

[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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