In December, Chevrolet made the seventh-generation Corvette--albeit in camouflaged prototype form--available as a free download for the Gran Turismo 5 driving simulation game for the PlayStation 3. According to Chevrolet, around 500,000 people have driven the Corvette prototype since it was introduced to the game last month. Now that the American carmaker has officially unveiled the real car in its carbon-fiber glory at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the Corvette Stingray has now also found its way into the video game.
"Getting behind the wheel of the all-new Corvette Stingray--the most powerful and sophisticated standard Corvette ever--is sure to be a thrilling experience," said Chevrolet marketing vice president Chris Perry. "Through this unique collaboration with Gran Turismo, Chevrolet is able, for the first time, to give performance-car enthusiasts access to such an exclusive driving experience the day after the Corvette Stingray's world debut."
During the creation of the virtual Corvette Stingray, careful attention was paid to the tiniest details of the new design both inside and out, as well as to the enhanced performance driving characteristics down to the shift schedule for the seven-speed manual transmission with its Active Rev-Matching system.
"The Polyphony team has had an unforgettable experience getting to know the Corvette Stingray, inside and out, and bringing it into Gran Turismo 5," said Kazunori Yamauchi, president of Polyphony Digital, the developer behind the game franchise. "We're excited to share our experience with fans and let them feel, explore and drive the Corvette in a way that wasn't possible until now."
The Corvette Stingray is now available as a free download through the PlayStation Store.