Corvette Stingray Convertible Atlantic concept
London - Arab Today
General Motors clearly believes that two is better than one and so has taken the wraps off a pair of special edition ‘Vets: the soft-top Atlantic and the hard-top, hard-nose Pacific.
Both production cars are based on concepts shown at 2013's SEMA -- the car show where customization is king and where stock refers to inventory -- and are meant to reflect the two sides of the latest Corvette's personality.
As well as being a convertible, the Atlantic is about comfort and therefore cruising. Chevrolet's marketing department says that the finished car "is inspired by the luxury and performance of private jets seen at European vacation destinations," but what that means is that it blends a couple of Z06 features, such as the front splitter, with a couple of premium exterior touches, such as chrome wheels, custom splash guards and exterior vents finished in grey, plus a set of custom luggage.
And even if the explanation is dressed up in marketing speak, the final car does look like an equally elegant and aggressive long-distance tourer.
The Pacific, on the other hand, has been inspired by Corvette owners that take their cars to track-day events and so is focused on looking as fast as possible, even when standing still.
The key to this, without going all "Fast and Furious" and covering the car with huge spoilers and air scoops, is a liberal helping of carbon fiber. The roof panel, rear spoiler, wing mirror housings and even the badges are made from the stuff and the theme continues inside too. It gets sports seats as standard and the instrument panel also gets carbon fiber touches.
Of the new models, Todd Christensen, Corvette marketing manager, explains: "We plan to make news with the Corvette Stingray every year, in part by offering special-edition models that offer a unique, personal ownership experience," he said. "Our customers have told us they appreciate these limited-edition models, which have become an important part of the Corvette's legacy."
Chevrolet has not revealed pricing for either model but has confirmed that both the Atlantic and Pacific will be offered in 2LT and 3LT trim levels and will be based on the Z51-equipped soft top or hard top coupé.