A Detailed Look at the 2016 Corvette Changes
Since the C7 Corvette arrived for the 2014 model year, it has been a dominating force in the sports car sales world, but with the 2016 model year rapidly approaching, General Motors didn’t want to sit back and enjoy the success of the new Corvette. Instead, the automaker wanted to take the input of owners and enthusiasts to make slight adjustments to the 2016 Corvette that would make it even better. As a result, the changes for the 2016 Corvette are minor, but they help to keep the C7 fresh and they give buyers a reason to consider another new Chevy supercar.
Three New Design Packages
First up (aside from the Z06 C7.R Edition), the 2016 Corvette benefits from a trio of new design packages that impact the look of the interior and exterior - Twilight Blue, Spice Red and Jet Black Suede.
Twilight Blue (shown above) is available in Shark Gray, Blade Silver, Arctic White or Night Race Blue and it comes with a blue convertible top (when applicable) and Shark Gray accents vents. This package also adds the polished “motorsport” wheel design, either black or gray brake calipers, a rear wing on Stingray models without the Z51 package, an optional tri-color body stripe, a Twilight Blue interior spread and Magnetic Ride Control on Stingray models without the Z51 package.
The Spice Red package is similar in its nature to the Twilight Blue package, but with different color options and slightly different features. Spice Red adds the same Magnetic Ride Control, the Motorsport wheel and the rear wing as the Twilight Blue package, but the available exterior colors include Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat, Shark Gray, Blade Silver and Arctic White while the interior and the convertible top are finished in Spice Red.
The Jet Black Suede package is a bit more expansive, including satin black wheels with a red stripe, red brake calipers, Carbon Flash exterior badges, satin black hood vents and a unique Jet Black sueded microfiber interior. This package also includes Magnetic Ride Control and the rear wing on non-Z51 models.
Other Minor Changes for 2016
In addition to the three new design packages and the limited edition C7.R Z06, the 2016 Corvette benefits from a collection of very slight changes. First, Velocity Yellow and Crystal Red Tintcoat will be replaced by Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat and Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat. There is a new standard Corvette Stingray wheel design available in black, machined and chrome and those folks who order the Carbon Fiber hood option will get to enjoy an exposed weave section. The last change on the outside is the removal of the chrome grille bar when the Carbon Flash badge option is chosen.
On the inside, the 2016 Corvette gets a new flat bottomed steering wheel, new two tone GT seats in either red or gray and when the 3LT Jet Black interior is chosen, buyers can pick from red or yellow stitching.
Finally, 2016 Corvette Stingray buyers can select the Magnetic Ride Control suspension setup without getting the entire Z51 handling package.
No pricing has been announced for the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Z06, but with the 2016 models nearing production, we should learn all of the vital details on the 2016 model year within the next few months.