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Every year, masses of Corvette aficionados descend upon a little town in Pennsylvania to celebrate their love of the long-running Chevrolet sports car. Here in Las Vegas at the 2011 SEMA Show, General Motors has decided to show its appreciation for the legions of Carlisle travelers with the Carlisle Blue Grand Sport Concept.

We don't know if Chevy plans to offer this color scheme on production Corvettes, but we hope it does. The exterior is painted in a hue called Carlisle Blue, and it's punctuated by Pearl White racing stripes and silver-painted Torque 2 wheels. We also like the Cyber Gray headlamps that are optional for 2012. What we like most, however, is the dry-sump 6.2-liter LS3 V8 under the hood. Feel free to peruse our image gallery, then check out the press release after the break.
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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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    • 1 Second Ago
      Johnny Trailerpark
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool rims.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really like those wheels. First factory Corvette rims in a while that aren't painfully ugly.
        • 3 Years Ago
        they look to be straight off of a 370Z
          • 3 Years Ago
          They do remind me of the 370Z Rays wheels, but I think they have an identity all their own. There's a healthy dose of that beefy-meets-scrappy American style shared with some of the later model Viper rims.
      Lou Stella
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did no one tell you that Carlisle Blue already is on the color palette for 2012?
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought Baby Blue went out with T Birds?
      Brandon Allen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, a new color. Yes, this is so fancy that a new color somehow makes a concept car. Build the new corvette already or at least update the interior to the standards of the decade we're in if the new Corvette won't launch for 5 years. Colors won't cut it, this is lame.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That straight-from-the-front shot makes the car look terrible. The lines all clash with each other, the headlights look like they're not even there (so the car looks like it has no "eyes") and the front diffuser looks like an aftermarket bolt-on. I like the base color, but those white stripes, particularly in the front, look awful.