After the next-gen 2014 model debuted to near-unanimous critical claim and and triple-digit sales increases, the 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray is making it clear that rivals won't be able to relax this year either: Not only will the hi-po Z06 Corvettes hit dealerships for the 2015 model year—complete with new options like an eight-speed automatic transmission and premium soft top—but so will two fresh design upgrades for the car.
Originally introduced at last year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the packages help provide fresh levels of personalization potential for today's Stingray owners. In fact, according to Kirk Bennion, Corvette exterior design manager: “One of the design goals for the Corvette Stingray was to provide customers with the flexibility to tailor the car to their personality. The Atlantic and Pacific Design Packages were originally designed to showcase how the Stingray could be configured as a luxury sport GT car or as a high-performance motorsport car.”
Thus, the Atlantic additions for the 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray were "inspired by the luxury and performance of private jets seen at European vacation destinations," and build on the already sophisticated design and jet-like athleticism of the Stingray Convertible. Only offered in tandem with the Z51 performance package and on up-level 2LT and 3LT trims, the Atlantic Design Package such standard enhancements as:
- A front splitter inspired by the one on the Z06
- Exclusive exterior graphics, including Shark Gray vents, tonneau inserts and a "stinger" logo for the hood
- Chrome Torque wheels set off by "Stingray" center caps
- An assortment of Atlantically oriented details, including a "Stingray" underhood line and matching floor mats, custom splashguards, specially logoed valve-stem caps and an exclusive license-plate frame
Also, to help reinforce that whole "European vacation" theme, the Atlantic Design Package for the 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray comes complete with its own set of custom Corvette luggage.
(Note: Assuming the Z51 package for the 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray is unchanged from the 2014 setup, it will include an aero body kit, bigger brakes, a performance-tuned suspension with exclusive components, an electronic limited-slip differential and outputs of 460 hp/465 lb.-ft. of torque, representing bumps of 5 hp and 5 lb.-ft. of twist.)