Chevrolet is extending the Corvette lineup with a carbon fiber package on the 505 horsepower (377 kW) Z06 model. The lightweight limited edition of 500 sports cars includes black carbon fiber rockers, splitter and roof panel with the full-width body color spoiler.
The carbon fiber Corvette will be priced somewhere between the base Z06, which starts at $74,285 and the fire breathing and Porsche eating ZR1, which starts at $106,880.
Chevrolet says the Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition is a “tribute to the 50th anniversary of Corvette’s first race in the 24 Hours of LeMans.”
“For track use, the Z06 Carbon is the best balanced Corvette yet. It combines the lightweight and naturally-aspirated Z06 engine with the road-holding and braking of the ZR1,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette Chief Engineer. “For technical tracks like Laguna Seca, the Z06 Carbon could shave up to three seconds off the Z06 lap time.”
Although street legal, it is debatable how many miles the carbon fiber Z06 two-seaters will ever compile on public roads. No matter, the high performance Chevy will be in demand among collectors.
This carbon Z06 has Brembo carbon ceramic brakes with dark gray metallic calipers, which were first introduced on the ZR1. (Click Here) Black, 20-spoke 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels are fitted with Michelin PS2 tires. “Magnetic Selective Ride Control” is standard for the first time on the Z06.
The Corvette Z06 Carbon will be available in two colors: “Inferno Orange” and a new “Supersonic Blue,” which, of course, overhypes the speed capability of the car. (more…)