Chevrolet is adding another chapter in the Corvette legacy by releasing a special edition of the new 2016 Z06 Corvette. Riding under the badge C7.R Edition, these specialty Z06 ‘Vettes fittingly channel the Corvette Racing C7.R. The automaker will only be producing 500 of them, so owning one will be to own a honey of a collectable.
“Corvette Racing’s legacy and technology were significant influences on the development of the Corvette Z06 and the new C7.R Edition honors the direct link between the racecar and the production model. It also advances Chevrolet’s plan to offer special-edition models that offer a unique, personal ownership experiences, which become important parts of Corvette’s legacy.” says Harlan Charles, Corvette product and marketing manager.
The C7.R Edition will include the Z07 Performance Package that will give drivers the option between an eight-speed automatic transmission that clocks in a 0-60 in 2.95 seconds or a seven-speed manual that clocks in at 3.2 seconds. The Performance Package also includes carbon ceramic brakes, adjustable front and rear aero components, and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires.
“The Z07 Performance Package enhances overall performance to make the Corvette Z06 one of the most track-capable cars you can buy off the dealership floor and still drive it to work every day,” says Charles. “Combined with the 650-horsepower supercharged LT7 engine, true aerodynamic downforce and performance technologies such as Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Traction Management and an electronic limited slip differential, the Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition offers capability matched only by an elite fraternity of the world’s supercars and special-edition exclusivity that is sure to make it an instant collector’s item.”
Even though only 500 will be built, drivers will still have the option between the exterior colors of the classic Chevrolet Racing Yellow or black and you can go with either a coupe or a convertible.
The C7.R Edition will also have a graphic package to signal that it’s a special Corvette with distinctive styling including yellow brake calipers, yellow accent stripes on black wheels with Corvette Racing-logo caps, a section of visible carbon fiber on the hood, and gray metallic grilles and vents.
The interior is no slouch either, with black leather sport seats and accents that will be sharply contrasted with yellow stitching. There will also be a plaque in each of the 500 that will show the unique VIN number of these collectables.
The only date that has been given by Chevrolet for the release of this elite fleet is “later this year.” Until then drive on. The C7.R is coming.