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AutoWeek article:
By DALE JEWETT on 4/26/2011

The introduction of high-performance tires and racing-style wheels for the Z06 and ZR1 models is the major change to the Chevrolet Corvette for the 2012 model year, according to information being posted at Corvette fan sites on the Internet.

Info is leaking out as Chevy is set to officially talk about the 2012 Vette during the annual C5/C6 Bash fan event at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., this weekend. Look for some official news on April 28.

Chevrolet has disclosed that there will be a Centennial Edition package for the 2012 Vette, available on all trim levels of the sports car. That car will be available only with a black exterior. And it appears that's the only black on the Corvette color palate for 2012, according to some ordering information posted by Montana Chevy dealer Ken Fitchner. Based on that information, Chevrolet is making it easy for Corvette buyers to equip their Z06 and ZR1 Vettes for use at track day and club events.

The key option is for high-performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires. This is a high-grip, racing-style summer tire that has been an original equipment tire for cars such as the Porsche GT3 RS and the BMW M3. The Michelin tires will be fitted to lightweight racing-style wheels. Getting the wheel-and-tire package will require you to take the optional handling package for either the Z06 or the ZR1.

Other changes for 2012 include:

-- A color palate for Corvette brake calipers. The choices are red, silver, yellow or dark gray.

-- A carbon-fiber hood available for Z06 models.

-- A technology package for the 2LT trim level that adds Bluetooth, USB ports, navigation and an upgraded Bose audio system.

-- In the color department, Jetstream Blue Metallic is replaced with Carlisle Blue Metallic. And a blue-colored convertible top will be available later in the model year.
Original article:http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110426/CARNEWS/110429899
 

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I haven't read anything more than what you see in the links.
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Vaughn

Do you know what that handling package entails that a current ZR1 doesn't have other than the lightweight wheels and special tires?
I believe the "handling package" means the wheel/tire combination is only available on the Z06 and ZR1 models.

I hope that clears it up. :thumbsup:
 

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I believe the "handling package" means the wheel/tire combination is only available on the Z06 and ZR1 models.

I hope that clears it up. :thumbsup:
JT, I don't think it does clear it up.

Bob has a ZR1 and was asking what is the total, exact content of the "handling Package" option on the ZR1. Obviously we know it would include the ultrasoft / ultra sticky Mich tires and probably a lighter, black wheel. But what else ... if anything? Does it include recalibration of the shocks and suspension for the larger (?) but lighter tires and wheels? ...different anti-sway bars perhaps? etc.
 

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JT, I don't think it does clear it up.

Bob has a ZR1 and was asking what is the total, exact content of the "handling Package" option on the ZR1. Obviously we know it would include the ultrasoft / ultra sticky Mich tires and probably a lighter, black wheel. But what else ... if anything? Does it include recalibration of the shocks and suspension for the larger (?) but lighter tires and wheels? ...different anti-sway bars perhaps? etc.
I have posed the question to a contact I have with GM. When I get the response I will add, but I am not aware of any recalibration or other differences.

New features for 2012: It doesn't appear there are any other upgrades or enhancements to suspension components for the ZR1 if it is equipped with the Cup Tire.

• Exterior colors:

(58U) Carbon Flash Metallic (included and only available with [ZLC] Chevrolet Centennial Special Edition)

(GLF) Carlisle Blue Metallic

• (ZLC) Chevrolet Centennial Special Edition

Commemorates Chevrolet’s 100thanniversary. Available on 3LT, 4LT, 3LZ and 3ZR. Includes (58U) CarbonFlash Metallic exterior color, special Chevrolet Centennial Black wheels (specific to model) with special center cap logos, Satin Black graphics, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, Red brake calipers, special badging, Ebony seating surfaces with suede accents and Red stitching, Custom Leather wrapped instrument panel and doors (except 3LT), seat embossment, steering wheel badge and special interior trim plate.

• New 2LT Technology Package featuring Bluetooth1 for select phones, Head-Up Display, Bose, navigation and USB port2

• (34T) Blue convertible top (interim introduction during 2011MY)

• (RUL) 5-spoke, Chevrolet Centennial Black with Red stripe aluminum, 18" front and 19" rear wheels (included and only available on Coupe and Convertible with [ZLC] Chevrolet Centennial Special Edition)

• (RUM) Grand Sport Chevrolet Centennial Black aluminum, 18" front and 19" rear wheels (included and only available on Grand Sport with [ZLC] Chevrolet Centennial Special Edition)

• (RUR) Chevrolet Centennial Black with Red stripe, cup style aluminum, 19" front and 20" rear wheels (included and only available on Z06 and ZR1 with [ZLC] Chevrolet Centennial Special Edition)

• (RUV) Black cup style lightweight aluminum, 19" front and 20" rear wheels (included and only available on Z06 with [F55] Magnetic Selective Ride Control or [Z07] Z06 Ultimate Performance Package; also included and only available on ZR1 with [PDE] ZR1 High Performance Package)

• (Q5V) Machined-face, cup style aluminum, 19" front and 20" rear wheels, available on Z06 (with F55 or
Z07) and ZR1

• (XFH) Michelin PS Cup tires (included and only available with [Z07] Z06 Ultimate Performance Package or [PDE] ZR1 High Performance Package)

• (PDE) ZR1 High Performance Package, includes (RUV) Black cup style lightweight 19" front and 20" rear wheels, (XFH) Michelin PS Cup tires and (MH3) 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission

• New (F55) Magnetic Selective Ride Control available with Z06, includes Performance Traction Management (PTM), (RUV) Black cup style lightweight aluminum wheels and (XFG) Michelin PS2 tires

• Z07 now includes Performance Traction Management (PTM), (XFH) Michelin PS Cup tires (optimized for warm, dry weather performance with reduced tread wear rating), (RUV) Black cup style lightweight aluminum wheels, (F55) Magnetic Selective Ride Control and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes

• (B92) Carbon fiber hood available for Z06

• Colored calipers available in (J6D) Dark Gray Metallic, (J6F) Red (standard on Z06), (J6C) Silver (standard on Grand Sport) and (J6E) Yellow

• (PIN) Customer selectable VIN (restrictions and approval required, available for SOLD orders only)
 
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