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Chevrolet sprinkles in some ZR1 for the Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0800

With the ZR1 grabbing all the headlines of late, it's easy to forget about the other pumped-up performance thoroughbred in the Corvette stable--the Z06. However, that's about to change, because Chevrolet is taking some of the ZR1 goodies and transplanting them over onto the Z06 for the 2011 model year, such as the Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and magnetic select ride control system.

The features will be standard on a new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition, which Chevy is using to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Corvette's first 24 Hours of LeMans race. In addition to the brakes with dark gray painted calipers and suspension, a black version of the 20-spoke wheels wrapped with Michelin PS2 tires, body color spoiler, black carbon-fiber rockers, the splitter from the ZR1 and the carbon-fiber raised hood (which is 11.5 pounds lighter than the standard composite hood) also appear on the Carbon limited edition.

Items specific to the Carbon include a carbon-pattern engine cover, Carbon-edition steering-wheel emblem, side plates and embossed Carbon logo into the headrests. All cars will also come with Euro-styled racing decal numbers.

A retuned exhaust system and carbon-coated transmission syncros are other new improvements for the Carbon and all 2011 Z06 models.

The result is a car that is even better suited for track duty.

"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," says Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter. "For technical tracks like Laguna Seca, the Z06 Carbon could shave up to three seconds off the Z06 lap time."

The Corvette Z06 Carbon will be limited to 500 units, all painted in one of two colors: inferno orange or the all-new supersonic blue. Pricing hasn't been announced, but Chevy says the Carbon will sticker between the Z06 and ZR1. We expect it to come in at about $90,000.

If you can't get your hands on a Carbon, the performance and styling upgrades will be offered on the regular Z06 as options. A new Z07 performance package adds all the chassis and cooling upgrades from the Carbon and gray versions of the 20-spoke wheels.

For those wanting to give their Z06 some ZR1 styling flair, a CFZ Z06 carbo- fiber package will be available with the black carbon rockers, splitter, roof panel and spoiler. The appearance package can be had with or without the Z07 equipment.

Both the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition and new option packages for the Z06 will be available in dealerships late this summer.

By Jonathan Wong