Combining the Z06’s lightweight body and 505 horsepower naturally-aspirated LS7 with the Magnetic Selective Ride Control and braking found on the ZR1, the Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition is being hailed as the best balanced track Corvette yet. Tadge Juechter, Corvette Chief Engineer says “For technical tracks like Laguna Seca, the Z06 Carbon could shave up to three seconds off the Z06 lap time.”
First let’s talk specifics. Mechanically, for the first time on the Z06, the Z06 Carbon features Magnetic Selective Ride Control, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes with dark gray metallic calipers and enhanced cooling. Black 20-spoke 19-inch front/20-inch rear wheels feature Michelin PS2 tires.
On the exterior, the Z06 Carbon will be produced in two colors: Inferno Orange and Supersonic Blue. The body changes include black headlamps and mirrors, A ZR1-style body color spoiler, body color door handles, carbon fiber raised hood and black carbon fiber rockers and splitter. For track events, customer-installed Euro-style numbers come with each car.
Inside the Z06 Carbon, you’ll find ebony leather and suede complemented by matching blue or orange seat stitching. A unique steering wheel and sill plates are in place as well as logoed headrests. Suede is used throughout the interior and can be found on the steering wheel, shifter, seat inserts, armrests and doors.
Although the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition is limited to 500 units, GM has packaged most of these upgrades into two new RPOs that can be ordered together or separately on any regular Z06.
The optional Z07 performance package includes the mechanical upgrades found the Z06 Carbon: Brakes, ride control and chassis and cooling upgrades. The Z07 also includes the Competition Gray 20-Spoke Wheels.
The CFZ Z06 carbon fiber package includes the black carbon fiber rockers, splitter and roof panel with the full width body color spoiler.