Since the Corvette was introduced, the track has always appealed to its consumers. Be it the heritage behind it, or the power within it, it is undeniable that the Corvette wields a force to be reckoned with on the track. The Z06 took this ability a step further during the C5 years, and was carried over during the C6 years. The top dog Corvette- the ZR1- has replaced the previous ZR-1’s (C3/C4) and has earned quite a blistering name for itself, due to its heavily modified and Eaton TVS supercharged LS3 dubbed the LS9 producing 638 hp/603 lb-ft of torque. The catch is, a ZR-1 off the lot will run you somewhere in the neighborhood of $106,500-$114,000. That’s a lot of money for a lot of car. Justifiably some might say, while others more than scoff at the price tag. The scoffing crowd needn’t scoff anymore while they drool over the “best” Vette to come out. The other interesting note about this year, is it will be the 50th anniversary of the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans where the Corvette first entered and finished an astonishing 8th overall, and 1st in class (seen in B&W photo to right). To commemorate the 50th anniversary of this historical milestone for the Corvette, Chevy wanted to do something special.
Please welcome the 2011 Z06 Carbon Limited Edition.
The Z06 Carbon Limited Edition has been cited as being the middle child between the Z06 and the ZR1 by bridging the price gap of the Z06 (~$75k) and the ZR1 (~$110K), so expect to see the Z06 Carbon Limited Edition somewhere in the neighborhood of roughly $90K. The Carbon Edition features many of the goodies found on the ZR1, but while still remaining naturally aspirated, but combining it with the style and poise of a limited edition. The Carbon Edition will feature the 15″ ceramic brakes off of the ZR1 with specially painted gray calipers, driver-adjustable magnetorheological shocks, black 20-spoke, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 2 rubber to put the power of the 505 HP of the (relatively untouched from the Z06-save for a carbon fiber engine cover) LS7 to the road.
The Carbon Limited Edition also comes with black headlamps and black mirrors. The introduction of a new color- Supersonic Blue -and the previously seen Inferno Orange will be the only two colors the car is robed in. Chevrolet will only produce 500 units of the Carbon Limited Edition. For this edition however, it should be noted that the differences- while not drastic- are quite noticeable. The rockers and splitter, along with the hood will all be made out of black carbon fiber (though the hood will be color-matched to the body and is raised like the ZR1 sans window). The rear of the car will be complemented with a ZR1 style spoiler, and the headlamps will be housed in black as well.
The interior of the Carbon Edition will also be clad in a special outfit, fitting of any special edition. The steering wheel, seats, shifter, and door panels will be in dark suede with a special logo designated strictly for the Carbon Edition. The interior is, in our opinion, just a reminder of the differences in the regular Z06 and the Carbon Edition; perhaps the grey interior (and the specially colored grey calipers) is an allusion to the carbon fiber itself. The 2011 Carbon Limited Edition is going to be an extremely limited release and more than likely among the last of the aging C6 generation. With the impending release news of the new C7 being rumored and designated for the 2012/2013 model year, the C6 variants can’t be too much longer in the works until the next generation takes over with a smoother, faster ‘vette. Corvette collectors and enthusiasts should take note of this impending change of the guard and realize that the C6 is soon to be phased out becoming an item to be sought after.
The Carbon Edition has quickly become the talk of the Corvette community as its release sounded the alarm of a small number of high quality, collectible, track worthy cars.