Think back to 1992: Horsepower had been lean through the 1980s, but for 1992 the LT1 debuted, pumping up the Corvette’s motor by 50 to 300 wonderful horsepower. Of course, there was the ZR1, but it cost over $31,683 on top of the $33,635 base price for the Corvette coupe. From this year on, enthusiasts would not have to worry about middling high performance cars.
Back at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, MI, designers were working on the Corvette Stingray III Concept, which originally had started as an internal design challenge to combine classic Corvette cues with an eye to the future. Chock full of high-tech features and modern materials like carbon fiber, the Corvette Stingray III Concept featured a clamshell hood, scissor-style doors, ergonomic seats, rear-view camera with night vision enhancement, and four-wheel steering with active suspension. The latter had optical sensors that shone four beams of white light down from the undercarriage.
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