Chevrolet to launch Centennial Edition Corvette

The package adds a metallic black exterior colour, offset by red trim on the wheels and red brake callipers for the US-based sports car range.

The wheels themselves are also black, with a choice of 18" and 19" alloy wheels for the Grand Sport and 19" and 20" alloy wheels for the Z06 and ZR1.

Inside, the black theme continues with a leather instrument panel and upholstery, once again featuring striking red trim on the steering wheel, seats, console and shifter.

Outside, the special edition models are signified with a Centennial badge and a modification to the traditional Corvette badge to include a ‘100’ in honour of Chevrolet’s centenary.

“Racing and performance are the roots of Chevrolet, a tradition carried forward today by Corvette,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “The Centennial Edition not only celebrates our 100 years, it once again pushes Corvette forward for a new generation of sports car fans.”

This racing inspiration is emphasised by the appearance of images of Louis Chevrolet on the B-pillar, steering wheel and wheels of the Centennial Editions.

Chevrolet is the man behind the first ever car designed by the company and has been described as a ‘fearless racing pioneer’ by Scheidt.

He said: "Corvette is a natural fit to honor that legacy, while creating a compelling new package for sports car drivers.”

The new 2012 Corvette Centennial Edition models will be launched in the US first as part of an auction this week before the models are available to UK buyers.

Prices for the special editions have not been announced, but are expected in the next few months as the launch date draws nearer.