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The final C6 Corvette to get new color, new wheels for 2013

The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette is slated to be the final year for the sixth generation of the fabled American performance car (better known as the C6) and as we enter the final model year for this generation of the Corvette - there will be a new blue exterior option and a quartet of black wheel options to send off the C6.


The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette brings about the 8th and final year for the C6 generation, with the C7 Corvette expected to drop for the 2014 model year. 8 years worth of new models is a long run for many vehicles but for the Chevrolet Corvette, this has been a pretty average length of run – kept fresh by adding new features, new packages and new trimlines since debuting in 2005 as a 2006 model year vehicle. Little is known about what will come for the Corvette in the 7th generation when it arrives for the 2014 model year but we have an idea of what GM will do to send off the current Corvette in 2013.

The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette will remain much the same as the 2012 model year Vettes but for the final model year of the C6, the Corvette will reportedly feature a new exterior option named Night Race Blue. According to the folks at Corvette Blogger, this new color will look very similar (if not a bit darker) than the car shown here on the right. It is unclear whether this new blue will replace one of the other two blues currently in the Corvette lineup (Carlisle Blue Metallic, Supersonic Blue Metallic)*** or if it will simply join these two colors but with the current two blue hues being very different than what we expect to see from the new Night Race Blue option – there looks to be plenty of room for three blues in the 2013 Corvette lineup. It is unclear whether Night Race Blue will be a standard color (no additional charge) or if it will demand the $300 upcharge that comes with the Supersonic Blue Metallic option – or even the $850 charge for colors like Velocity Yellow or Crystal Red Tintcoat.

***Update: We have been reminded by Kerbeck Corvette that Carlisle Blue was a one year color and will not be offered in 2013. This leaves the new Night Race Blue and Supersonic Blue Metallic. Thanks to Kerbick for the assistance!

In addition to the new blue shade, the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette will do away with the Competition Grey wheel choices to make room for some sexy gloss black finishes on the same wheels. The basic wheel designs will remain the same for the base Corvette, the Grand Sport, the Z06 and the ZR1 but where the 2012 model year offers option wheels that are finished in a satin grey, gloss black will be available for 2013. This includes a black option for the basic 5-spoke design for the base Corvette and Grand Sport, the 10-spoke “Spider” design that is optional for the Z06 and the standard wheel design for the ZR1 super-Vette. Corvette Blogger did not offer any detail on prospective pricing for the black wheels for the 2013 Corvette but with the Competition Grey wheels for 2012 adding an extra $395 – we would expect that the black optional wheels for 2013 would be in the same price range.

Source: Corvette Blogger


Kerbeck Corvette (not verified)    April 16, 2012 - 2:14PM

Carlisle Blue was a one year color to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Corvettes at Carlisle Show and has been discontinued for 2013.