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News on the new mid-engined Corvette Stingray has been dropping thick and fast since the unveiling on Tuesday and, surprisingly, Chevrolet has already sent the configurator live. Unfortunately, once the news spread it slowed down and reached capacity, so we'll have to wait for the full 3D experience as we build our dream machines. However, it gives us plenty of details on exterior colors, interior colors, wheel options, and available packages for the launch model.
If the paint colors you've seen so far remind you of something, that's because they hark back to the GM Art and Color palate of the mid-20th century. Rapid Blue, Zeus Bronze, and Accelerate Yellow are all new and then there's Torch Red, Arctic White, Blade Silver Metallic, Shadow Gray, Ceramic Matrix Gray, Long Beach Red, Elkhart Lake Blue, Sebring Orange, and then just good old Black.
For that cozy-looking cockpit interior, the color schemes at launch are Adrenaline Red, Jet Black, Natural or Natural Dipped, Morello Red, Sky Cool Gray, and Two-Tone Blue. The chosen color will, depending on trim level, either cover the entire interior or come as a two-tone look with black as the secondary color. If you choose the Jet Black interior, it comes with Sky Cool Gray stitching as standard but you can opt for red or yellow instead. The other interior colors come with color-matched stitching.
Seat belts also have color options and will be available in Black, Blue, Natural, Orange, Torch Red, or Yellow.
The base GT1 seats come trimmed with Mulan leather and with what GM describes as "a sporty style that emphasizes comfort while providing good support for performance driving situations." They can also be optioned with two-way adjustable lumbar support and wing adjustment. The more "racing-inspired" GT2 seats come with a dual-density foam, Mulan leather bolsters with a napa leather center insert, carbon-fiber trim, two-way lumbar support, and adjustable wings as well as heating and ventilation. You can also choose microsuede upholstery instead of leather.
Then there are the Competition Sport seats that people will recognize from the C7 Corvette. They're fully covered with Nappa leather and carbon-fiber trim in the headrests, aggressive bolsters, as well as heating and ventilation. Chevy also has a "durable performance textile" option it claims to be inspired by Kevlar vests.
The initial trim levels are 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT. 1LT comes with the GT1 seats, keyless entry and push-button start, an eight-inch central touchscreen, a 12-inch digital gauge cluster, a power-adjustable steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate controls. The 1LT is only available with a black, gray, or red interior.
2LT brings extra color options for the interior as well as a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated memory seats, navigation, a rear-camera mirror, an upgraded stereo system, wireless phone charging, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert, and a performance data recorder.
3LT appears to be mostly cosmetic with the upper interior trim wrapped in microsuede coupled with leather-wrapped lower interior trim.
The Bright Silver Open Spoke are the pre-ticked option, then there's Carbon Flash Open Spoke, Accessory Performance Pewter Open Spoke, Accessory Black Trident Spoke, Spectra Grey Machined Trident Spoke, and Ultra Bright Trident Spoke. Then you can choose your brake caliper color to be either Black, Yellow, Bright Red, or Edge Red.