Love your Z06, but long for the carbon ceramic brakes and magnetic ride active damping system of the ZR-1? Wish the Z06 had more carbon fiber and less fiberglass? Tired of seeing other Z06s at the grocery store, and want to drive something a little more exclusive? Then get down to your Chevy dealer, pronto, to get in on the Z06 Carbon. Chevy’s only building 500 of them, so you’d better act quickly.
Built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Corvette’s first LeMans appearance (and victory), the Z06 Carbon starts life as a ZR1 chassis. Next, it gets some of the ZR1’s carbon fiber body panels and a unique carbon fiber hood, similar in shape to the ZR1’s, but missing the transparent window. Want bragging rights? The hood of the Z06 Carbon is unique, and is the lightest hood ever used on a Corvette. It won’t fit your neighbor’s ZR1 either, since it isn’t tall enough to clear the ZR1’s supercharger.
Powertrain on the Z06 Carbon is identical to the powertrain on a standard Z06 (which is plenty good enough). The lighter weight, better brakes and suspension of the Carbon certainly help it on the race track; at Laguna Seca, a Z06 Carbon was three seconds per lap faster than a standard Z06.
The Carbon will be available in either Supersonic Blue or Inferno Orange. Pricing will be announced closer to the launch date, but three seconds per lap doesn’t come cheap. Expect the Carbon to split the difference between the $74,285 Z06 and the $106,880 ZR1.