CHEVROLET RELEASES 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION CORVETTE, ADDS MAGNETIC
SELECTIVE RIDE CONTROL TO LINEUP
DETROIT, April 10, 2002— For 50 years, the Chevrolet Corvette has
been carefully crafted from a precise blend of power, performance, style
and comfort. As it celebrates five colorful decades in the automotive
business in 2003, Chevrolet’s flagship continues its reign as one of
GM’s technology and style bellwethers.
For 2003, Corvette unveils a 50th Anniversary Special Edition, more
standard equipment on the coupe and convertible models, and Magnetic
Selective Ride Control, the industry’s fastest and most powerful real
time damping suspension.
“Few vehicles have had the staying power of Corvette,” said Rick Baldick,
Corvette brand manager. “We believe much of that success comes from a
willingness to embrace advancing technology while remaining true to
Corvette’s glorious history. As we celebrate our golden anniversary in
2003, we honor our past and cast a bright eye toward the future.”
A Golden Tribute
The 50th Anniversary Special Edition, available only during the 2003
model year on coupe and convertible models, is a tribute to a
half-century of automotive leadership. It includes special Anniversary
Red exterior paint, specific badging, Shale interior and
champagne-painted anniversary wheels with special emblems. It also
features embroidered badges on the seats and floormats, padded door
armrests and grips and the convertible features a Shale top. The package
includes Magnetic Selective Ride Control.
Magnetic Ride Control
New on the Corvette for 2003, Magnetic Selective Ride Control uses a
revolutionary damper design that controls wheel and body motion with
Magneto-Rheological fluid in the shocks . By controlling the current to
an electromagnetic coil inside the piston of the damper, the MR fluid’s
consistency can be changed, resulting in continuously variable real time
damping. As a result, drivers feel a greater sense of security, a
quieter, flatter ride and more precise, responsive handling,
particularly during sudden, high-speed maneuvers.
The system isolates and smoothes the action of each tire, resulting in
less bouncing, vibration and noise. On bumpy or slick surfaces, the
system integrates with traction control to assure maximum stability. It
also works with ABS to keep the vehicle balanced and poised. It is the
only system without electro-mechanical values and no small moving parts.
It consists of MR fluid-based monotube shock absorbers, a sensor set and
on-board controller. Magnetic Selective Ride Control is available on
Corvette coupe and convertible models for 2003.
More Standard Equipment
Corvette adds new standard equipment on coupe and convertible models for
2003, including foglamps, sport seats, power passenger seat, dual zone
auto HVAC (on coupe and convertible), and a parcel net and luggage shade
CRAS Child Seat Hooks, Other New Features
For those who bring their little ones along for the ride, the 2003
Corvette includes CRAS child seat hooks on the passenger seat to allow
easier child seat connection. The Corvette’s airbag-off switch must be
used to disable the passenger-side airbag when using child seats in the
During 2003 only, all Corvettes feature a special 50th anniversary
emblem on the front and rear. The emblem is silver and features the
number “50” with the signature cross-flag design.
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