We're here in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show. The place is absolutely crawling with all things Chevrolet, and General Motors brought enough new Chevys to the playing field this year to make any car enthusiast swoon. Along with a host of new and conceptual trucks, sports utility vehicles, and sedans, there were also plenty of new muscle cars, including a few truly drool-worthy Corvettes. We'll break it down for you.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray Gran Turismo concept car, a special-edition Corvette paying homage to the 15th anniversary of the popular Playstation 3 video game, Gran Turismo 6, was a real head-turner. Chevrolet's creation of a real-life version of the virtual racing winner includes a custom exterior paint scheme in matte blue, yellow-tinted headlamps, and many carbon fiber part including a rear wing, a custom hood and extractor design, and a ground effects kit with carbon fiber rockers and front splitter. It also boasts custom exhaust tips, racing-style front tow hook, custom front grille, front fender, rear quarter vents, and custom-trimmed competition sport seats. Inside, both driver and passenger and held securely by racing harnesses, and a custom flat-bottom steering wheel as well as leather-wrapped safety belt car and rear braces give the car an even more aggressive appearance.
It is powered by the new LT1 6.2L V-8, produces 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque (with the available performance exhaust), and achieves the EPA-estimated 29 mpg on the highway that has come to be expected of the new Stingray.
Two more really awesome Corvette concepts that Chevrolet introduced are named the Atlantic concept and the Pacific concept. The former is a Blade Silver convertible which features sophisticated styling enhancements similar to those on a private jet. Carbon Flash Metallic front splitter, rocker extensions, and rear lower diffuser, as well as Fusion Gray headlamp housings and hood accents differentiate the Atlantic concept from any other Vette. It is powered by a LT1 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
By contrast, the Pacific Z51 concept was influenced by West Coast culture and is ready for serious track duty. Complete with a Torch Red finish, the Pacific concept wears a carbon fiber hood and visible carbon-fiber weave on the removable hood panel, along with a satin-black front splitter and rocker extensions. It also has a Z51 rear spoiler painted Carbon Flash Metallic with a Carbon Flash graphics package. Inside, a carbon fiber trim kit along with available Competition Sport seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel with a carbon fiber finish round out the look. The LT1 engine, which makes light work of the competition, includes a dry sump oiling system and auxiliary cooling.
Both the Atlantic and Pacific concepts were built using Chevrolet Accessories available to all 2014 Corvette Stingray customers, including chrome five-spoke wheels with center caps featuring Stingray script, an under-hood liner with the Stingray logo, Carbon Flash Metallic rear license plate holder, molded splash guards, custom luggage, premium carpet floor mats, sill plates, and an embroidered center armrest with the Stingray logo.
Chevrolet also brought a Corvette from the newest installment of the Transformers movie saga - a lime and silver specimen which remains with its counterparts - the Bumblebee Camaro and a Sonic. Keep it locked right here for our favorite Corvettes of SEMA tomorrow, as well as a compilation of new parts for your Corvette!