Chevy Corvette: Two Key Numbers

The numbers are: Two 131,000,000 The first number relates to the increase in highway miles per gallon that can be achieved on the 2012 ZR1 thanks to taller fifth and sixth gears in the manual transmission.

The numbers are:

Two

131,000,000

The first number relates to the increase in highway miles per gallon that can be achieved on the 2012 ZR1 thanks to taller fifth and sixth gears in the manual transmission. That brings the highway number to a highly respectable 22 mpg.

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Realize that the 2012 Corvette ZR1 has a 6.2-liter, 638-hp supercharged V8 engine, so 22 mpg is remarkable by any measure.

As for the bigger of the two numbers, that is the amount that General Motors is investing in the home of the Corvette, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, in order to prepare the plant for the next-generation Corvette,

As GM North America president Mark Reuss put it when making the announcement of the investment for the seventh-generation Corvette, “This is a significant day for anyone who believes that American should build world-class, high-performance products. Corvette has no domestic peer for performance and pedigree and stands alongside the world’s best supercars with almost 60 years of continuous heritage.”

The current-generation car will be built for the next two model years. The 2012 model year Corvette includes the Chevrolet Centennial Edition, which will go into production at Bowling Green in July.

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And another switch from the 2011 models is that the Z06 will have an optional carbon fiber hood.