50th Anniversary Special Edition
Selective Ride Control
foglamps, sport seats, power passenger seat, dual zone auto HVAC
(coupe and convertible), parcel net and luggage shade (coupe)
Spiral Gray Metallic replaces Pewter
50th Anniversary exterior badges on production models
child seat hooks
5.7-liter V8 (LS1) Coupe & Convertible
5.7-liter V8 (LS6) 4L60-E Z06
4-speed auto - standard
6-speed manual - optional, standard on Z06
MI - 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
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 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.
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.
Ride Control is available on Corvette coupe and convertible models
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 on coupe.
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
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.
Medium Spiral Gray Metallic paint
In addition, Medium Spiral Gray Metallic exterior paint replaces
Pewter for 2003.