In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur was gunned down near the Las Vegas strip as part of the notorious East Coast/West Coast rap feud. Now in 2013, Chevy is bringing dueling East and West Coast–themed Corvettes to Vegas for the SEMA show. This is probably not a coincidence. That the third customized C7 is inspired by a video game probably is one, though.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Atlantic Concept
The silver droptop Stingray above is intended to exude the swag of a private jet, with a body kit (front splitter, rear diffuser, rocker-panel extensions) and touches of gray in the headlamps and hood graphics. More than anything, though, it’s supposed to advertise Chevy’s parts catalog. The chrome wheels (19-inch front, 20-inch rear), Stingray script wheel centers, Stingray-logo underhood panel, custom luggage, and Stingray-logoed center armrest cover are among the items available for purchase by C7 owners. Power comes from the standard LT1 small-block V-8, which is mated to a six-speed automatic.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Pacific Concept
The Pac to the Atlantic’s Biggie, this manual-gearbox C7 is based on the Stingray with the high-performance Z51 package and features a carbon-fiber hood. Torch Red exterior paint is contrasted with a visible carbon-fiber roof panel, a black front splitter, black rocker extensions, and black racing stripes for, you know, speed. Inside, the car upgrades from the standard seats to the C7’s available Competition thrones, and is also fitted with the optional carbon trim and flat-bottomed steering wheel. The black wheels have red accents; order a set today!
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray “Gran Turismo” Concept
When Gran Turismo 6 launches for PS3 this December, the car roster will include a virtual version of this concept. You will know it by its trail of custom blue paint and exterior graphics, yellow headlamp bezels, carbon-fiber body kit and spoiler, custom carbon-fiber hood, unique exhaust tips, and new grille. The cabin gets worked over, too, with freshly reupholstered Competition seats, multipoint racing harnesses, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and leather wrapping on the belt bar and rear structural bracing. A seven-speed manual is spun by the C7’s 460-horse LT1 V-8.