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We are on the cusp of finally getting full information on the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The official debut is October 26, and we've already seen one version of the car's exterior. Now, a new teaser video confirms a Z06 convertible is in the mix, which should be the best way to hear its engine revving all the way to 8,500 rpm. Or maybe 8,600?

We know the flat-plane crankshaft V8 – which should be a 5.5-liter mill – will at least max out at 8,500 revs. The above teaser video gives us a glimpse of the digital tachometer that reaches all the way to 9,000 rpm, though the red section seems to start at 8,500. We cast some doubt because Chevrolet's announcement for the teaser makes a curious reference to being released "about 8,600 minutes before the full worldwide feature film," which will also premiere at the Z06 reveal. It's an oddly specific way to reference time, so don't be surprised if the official redline is indeed 8,600 rpm.


In addition to flashing the tachometer, the teaser clip also confirms a Z06 convertible. A brief glimpse shows a similar design to the Stingray, though shadows obscure other design elements that might differ between the base 'Vette and the Z06 droptops. It's unclear at this point if the convertible will be offered with upgraded Z06 performance packages that we know will be offered.

As for this feature film, it's a 30-minute video called Putting the World on Notice. Aside from plenty of Z06 content, it will feature interviews with engineers, designers, and celebrity appearances in the form of NBA supercar Devin Booker and prominent C8 Corvette YouTuber Emelia Hartford. A panel discussion with more Corvette folks will follow the video.

It all happens on Tuesday, October 26 starting at 12:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. You can catch the big Z06 reveal right here at Motor1.com.

Sours: https://www.motor1.com/news/542029/2023-corvette-z06-teaser-video/

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Even if you live in a country we don't collect vehicle data from, it's still always worth checking the Vehicle Identification Number without obligation. The used car import and export market is booming and many owners would be surprised to find out exactly what happened to their vehicle during its previous life abroad.

Privacy for Customers — Transparency over Vehicles

Let's be clear: Although we strive to find every detail of a vehicle's life so far, we are focused only on the vehicle's history, and do not collect any information on previous owners. The information we provide relates solely to the vehicle, its odometer reading, any accidents that have been covered up, where the vehicle comes from and much more — it never gets personal. We've uncovered irreparable damage several times in the past, but other times our vehicle history checks draw a blank — and sometimes that's actually a good thing.

Second Hand — Not Second Best

Did you know that considerably more used cars are sold than new cars? We think this second-hand system is nothing short of fantastic. However, it goes without saying that it gives rise to different methods and tactics: Some sellers will disguise a car that's been in an accident under a fresh coat of paint, tamper with the odometer or conceal theft. This is one of the less appealing aspects of buying second hand. Our goal is to establish trusting relationships between buyers and sellers, since this is the best way to help customers make the right decision. Your new car should be reliable and make you feel safe, as well as make you feel like you haven't paid too much.

But more than anything else, we don't want you or your family unknowingly sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle that isn't 100% safe. This is why we strive to take these vehicles off the road, which not only makes the used car market safer but our streets safer too.

CARFAX — 35+ Years of Experience in Vehicle Histories

CARFAX was founded in the US in 1984 and expanded into Europe in 2007. Around 100 team members spread across six European offices process vehicle information from 22 countries.

Fostering strategic partnerships with registration authorities, law enforcement agencies, government departments, insurance companies, inspection centers and numerous other leading companies around the world has enabled us to compile a unique international database for vehicle histories. We use this database to help make the used car market more transparent. We give everyone in the process of buying a used car access to what is currently the world's most comprehensive source for vehicle history reports, and is growing day by day.

We remain neutral and independent despite our partnerships — our sole purpose is help customers make an informed choice and ensure their safety and the safety of their family. This includes never collecting any personal details — we do not accept any PII from data sources amongst the information we provide about a vehicle. We ensure that data protection laws are observed at all times. Furthermore, we always collect our data in compliance with legal and regulatory frameworks — in all the countries in which we are active. We expressly distance ourselves from illegal activities such as data theft, scraping and hacking.

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The Chevrolet Corvette has always provided good bang for your buck, and that's especially true of a used Z06. A C5-generation Z06 can easily be found for under $30,000, and a C6 comes in around $40,000. We think you should take a real look at the C6.

If you think $40,000 seems like too much money for a used Corvette, consider what the C6 Z06 offers. For starters, you get the legendary LS7—a 7.0-liter all-aluminum V-8 with 505 naturally aspirated horsepower, titanium rods, a forged-steel crank, and a dry-sump lubrication system. You also get an aluminum frame instead of the standard C6 Corvette's steel frame, which helped the C6 Z06 weigh in at a spry 3130 pounds. And, the C6 Z06 had arguably the best Corvette chassis to date, capable of a 7:43 tour around the Nürburgring—a crazy-quick time 13 years ago, and still fast by 2019 standards.


The owner of the 2007 Z06 featured in this Smoking Tire video pointed out that these cars make good daily drivers, too. A little stiff, sure, but on the highway, you can get 28 mpg, which is amazing for a 505-hp sports car. The Z06 wasn't any less practical than a regular C6 Corvette, either, with a big rear trunk that can easily fit two sets of golf clubs.


And while the Corvette has made significant progress since the C6 Z06 debuted back in 2006, The Smoking Tire's Zack Klapman still thinks it holds up today. After all, the LS7 is still GM's most powerful naturally aspirated production-car engine, and that chassis is still sweet.

A quick eBay search shows a number of C6 Z06s listed in the $40,000 to $50,000 range, though there are a number in the $30,000s, too. The owner of the 2007 in the video says you can even find high-mile examples for under $30,000 if you look hard enough.

Worthy alternatives in the same price range? The 996-generation Porsche 911 Turbo doesn't have as much power (420 hp), but it's still a quick car with a near-bulletproof engine. You could go for the also-LS7-powered Camaro Z/28, too, which is another bargain these days, though bigger and heavier than the 'Vette. Beyond those, I think you might struggle to find a car that offers similar track performance for the money.

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Now that the bubble of anticipation surrounding the mid-engine Corvette has burst, excitement is building for the even-mightier Z06 model. With an exotic flat-plane-crank V-8 engine, the 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 will sound unlike any Vette that's come before. It'll also look meaner than the mainstream C8 thanks to flared fenders, larger air scoops, and aerodynamic addendum that actively adjusts to maximize high-speed downforce and cornering traction. Along with its exclusive powertrain and enhanced appearance, the super Chevy will inherit all the best features and technology from the regular model. Although we still don't have all the juicy details about the new Z06, here's what we know so far.

What's New for 2023?

The first mid-engine Corvette Z06 is expected to go on sale in early 2022 as a 2023 model. As is tradition, it's a more hardcore, track-focused version of the standard Vette, complete with bolder styling cues and serious performance attributes. Chevy will officially debut the Z06 on October 26.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

It should make sense that, since Chevy hasn't officially revealed the new Corvette Z06, we can only speculate on how much it'll cost. Its front-engine predecessor started at about $25,000 more than the base model, so we think it's safe to add that number to the starting price of the 2022 Corvette, which starts at around $62k. That means the 2023 Z06 should open at around $87,000 when it eventually goes on sale.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The upcoming Corvette Z06 will receive a special engine that should make it sound similar to the supercars it's trying to dethrone. The naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V-8 features a flat-plane crank, which means it should rev to between 8500 and 9000 rpm. This engine is expected to make over 600 horsepower, and its Ferrari-like howl is all but guaranteed to send shivers down the spine of bystanders. The unconventional V-8 will hook up to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Considering that the 495-hp 2020 Corvette Z51 we tested rocketed from zero to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and completed the standing quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 122 mph, the Z06 will be even quicker in a straight line. A set of wider, stickier tires and more powerful brakes will help it corner harder and stop shorter than the regular Vette, too. Chevy will also strengthen the structure and recalibrate the suspension tune on the Z06 to help make sure its performance advantages are most obvious at the racetrack. A host of active aerodynamics that automatically adjusts to optimize downforce will join the party for this new generation. We'll have to wait until we get our hands on one to evaluate how its myriad improvements compare with the outgoing Corvette Z06.

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Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Neither Chevy nor the EPA has indicated how efficient—or inefficient—the 2023 Corvette Z06 will be in the city and on the highway. Since the company's flat-plane-crank V-8 is currently only found in the Corvette C8.R race car, we don't have any government ratings for comparison. Once the Z06's fuel-economy figures are released, and we have the opportunity to test one on our 75-mph highway route, we can evaluate its real-world mpg. For more information about the Corvette Z06's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Bow Tie brand went above and beyond to ensure that the mid-engine Corvette's interior could not be called boring. While the design certainly transcends what's found on every other Chevy model, the square steering wheel and wall of climate-control buttons on the center console are unusual elements, to say the least. Still, the cabin layout caters to the driver, and the list of standard and optional features is extensive. This includes a 12.0-inch fully digital gauge cluster, a head-up display, heated and ventilated seats, and wireless charging. All of this and more will continue inside the new Z06. We expect its track-worthiness to be made apparent through additional carbon-fiber and microsuede interior accents as well as a set of even more aggressively bolstered seats. The Corvette's capacious rear trunk should continue to provide a spot for drivers to carry two sets of golf clubs.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Cooked into the Corvette's multilayered dashboard is an 8.0-inch touchscreen that supports Chevy's Infotainment 3 Plus system. While we've only had minimal exposure to this specific setup, we found it to be mostly intuitive and responsive. We're confident the Z06 will share the same interface and features, which include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Likewise, two separate Bose stereos are expected to be offered: a standard 10-speaker system and an optional 14-speaker setup. The new Z06 will continue to offer the Performance Data Recorder, which allows you to record video of everything from your track exploits to relaxed country-road cruises. And if you dare leave your Z06 with a valet, there's a setting that keeps track of any nefarious activities the car-parker might try.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

While the regular C8 Corvette only has a handful of driver-assistance technology, such as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, we expect those features to be available on the Z06. For more information about its crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Chevy provides all of its models with a middle-of-the-road limited and powertrain warranty. While the company offers more complimentary maintenance than automakers who skip the free service altogether, it's one of the shortest such plans in the industry.

  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for the first visit

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Sours: https://www.caranddriver.com/chevrolet/corvette-z06

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Chevrolet Corvette (C6)

Sixth generation of the Corvette sports car

This article is about the sixth generation of the Chevrolet Corvette (C6). For general Corvette information, see Chevrolet Corvette.

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Chevrolet Corvette (C6)
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Chevrolet Corvette Z06

ManufacturerChevrolet (General Motors)
ProductionJune 2004–February 28, 2013
Model years2005–2013
2012–2014 (South Korea)
AssemblyUnited States: Bowling Green, Kentucky
DesignerTom Peters (2001)[1][2]
ClassSports car (S)
Body style
LayoutFront mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
RelatedCadillac XLR
Anteros Coupe
Wheelbase105.6 in (2,682 mm)
  • 174.6 in (4,435 mm)
  • 175.6 in (4,460 mm) (Z06, ZR1)
  • 72.6 in (1,844 mm)
  • 75.9 in (1,928 mm) (Z06, ZR1)
  • Coupe: 49 in (1,245 mm)
  • 2005–06 Convertible: 49.2 in (1,250 mm)
  • 2007–09 Convertible: 49.1 in (1,247 mm)
  • Z06 Coupe: 49.0 in (1,245 mm)
  • 2010– Convertible: 48.7 in (1,237 mm)
Curb weight
  • C6 Z06: 3,131 lb (1,420 kg)
  • C6 ZR1: 3,373 lb (1,530 kg)
  • C6 Grandsport: 3,400 lb (1,542 kg)
  • C6 Z06 Z07: 3,073 lb (1,394 kg)
PredecessorChevrolet Corvette (C5)
SuccessorChevrolet Corvette (C7)

The Chevrolet Corvette (C6) is the sixth generation of the Corvette sports car that was produced by Chevrolet division of General Motors for the 2005 to 2013 model years. It is the first Corvette with exposed headlamps since the 1962 model. Production variants include the Z06, ZR1, Grand Sport, and 427 Convertible. Racing variants include the C6.R, an American Le Mans Series GT1 championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE-Pro winner.


Chevrolet Corvette coupé

Chevrolet Corvette convertible

The Corvette C6 featured new bodywork with exposed headlamps, revised suspension geometry, a larger passenger compartment, a larger 5,967 cc (364.1 cu in; 6.0 L) V8 engine and a higher level of refinement.[3] It is 5.1 inches (13 cm) shorter than the C5, but the wheelbase was increased by 1.2 inches (3 cm). It is also one inch (2.5 cm) narrower. The new LS2 engine has a power output of 400 hp (298 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 400 lb⋅ft (542 N⋅m) of torque at 4,400 rpm. Like the C5, the Corvette C6's suspension consisted of independent unequal-length double wishbones with transverse fiberglass mono-leaf springs and optional magnetorheological dampers.

With an automatic transmission, the Corvette achieves 15 mpg‑US (16 L/100 km; 18 mpg‑imp) / 25 mpg‑US (9.4 L/100 km; 30 mpg‑imp) mpg (city/highway) of fuel economy; the manual-transmission model gets 16 mpg‑US (15 L/100 km; 19 mpg‑imp) / 26 mpg‑US (9.0 L/100 km; 31 mpg‑imp) mpg of fuel economy.[4] The Corvette's manual transmission is fitted with Computer Aided Gear Shifting (CAGS), obligating the driver to shift from 1st gear directly to the 4th gear when operating at lower RPM. This boosts the EPA's derived fuel economy thus allowing the buyer to avoid paying the "gas guzzler" tax. GM badges were added to the car in 2006.

Beginning with the 2008 model year, the Corvette received a new engine, the LS3. With displacement increased to 6,162 cc (376.0 cu in; 6.2 L),[5] power was increased to 430 hp (321 kW) at 6,500 rpm and 424 lb⋅ft (575 N⋅m) of torque at 4,600 rpm, or 436 hp (325 kW) and 428 lb⋅ft (580 N⋅m) with the optional vacuum actuated valve exhaust.[6] The previous Tremec T56 transmission on manual Corvettes was replaced with a new version, the TR6060, in the 2008 model year.[7] Manual Corvette models now had improved shift linkage; the automatic model was set up for quicker shifts, and (according to Chevrolet) accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds, faster than any other production automatic Corvette model.[8] From 2008 onward, the steering was revised for improved feel and the wheels were updated to a new five-spoke design.[8] The last Corvette C6, a white 427 convertible, was completed on February 28, 2013.[9]


Corvette Z06

The 7.0 L LS7 V8 engine

The Z06 arrived as a 2006 model in the third quarter of 2005 and is the lightest of all Corvette models. The Z06 was equipped with the largest-displacement small-block engine ever produced, a new 7,011 cc (7.0 L; 427.8 cu in) V8 engine codenamed the LS7. The engine has a power output of 505 hp (512 PS; 377 kW) at 6,300 rpm and 470 lb⋅ft (637 N⋅m) at 4,800 rpm of torque. The LS7 is the most powerful production naturally aspirated engine made by General Motors. In addition to the larger displacement engine, the Corvette Z06 has a dry sump oiling system, and connecting rods made out of titanium alloy. The frame of the Z06 is constructed from aluminum, saving 136 lb (62 kg) over the standard steel frame. Other weight saving measures such as balsa wood/carbon fiber composite floors and a magnesium alloy engine cradle were used. The Z06's body differentiates itself from the standard Corvette with its larger front and rear fenders and an intake inlet scoop on the front bumper. The front fenders are constructed with carbon fiber and the rear fenders contain ducts to aid in cooling the rear brakes. The Z06 weighed 3,130 lb (1,420 kg),[10] giving it a weight to power ratio of 6.2 pounds per horsepower (3.8 kg/kW), allowing it to achieve a fuel economy of 15 mpg‑US (16 L/100 km; 18 mpg‑imp) in the city and 24 mpg‑US (9.8 L/100 km; 29 mpg‑imp) on the highway.[11] The Z06 was the official pace car for both the 2006 Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 race. Car and Driver recorded a 0-60 mph (97 km/h) acceleration time of 3.6 seconds and 1/4 mile in 11.7 seconds at 125 mph (201 km/h) in October 2005. The Z06 contains the following enhancements over the standard C6 Corvette:

  • Hand-built LS7 V8 with dry sump oiling system
  • Aluminum chassis with fixed roof
  • Larger/stiffer anti-sway bars
  • Stiffer springs and shocks
  • Larger rear spoiler and front splitter
  • Transmission cooler
  • Unique front fascia with intake inlet
  • Wider carbon fiber front and fiberglass rear fenders
  • Functional front and rear brake ducts for added brake system cooling
  • Unique light weight forged aluminum 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels; painted finish standard and chromed finish optional
  • Wider 275/35ZR18 tires in the front and wider 325/30ZR19 tires in the rear
  • Larger 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers, including cross-drilled 355 mm (14.0 in) front rotors and 340 mm (13 in) rear rotors
  • Optional 1LZ, 2LZ, and 3LZ trim packages.

For the 2011 model year, the Z06 carbon edition was introduced, which carries over multiple parts from the high performance ZR1 including carbon ceramic brakes, active suspension, and other carbon fiber aerodynamic pieces. Only 500 were planned for production and actual production numbers were much lower, in total only about 250 were made. The 250 were optioned the same but did not have the carbon hood. In 2012 and 2013, these options could be ordered through the Z07 package on the Z06.[12]


Corvette ZR1

The ZR1 is the high performance variant of the Z06 was first reported by several print and online publications, based on rumors that General Motors was developing a production version of the Corvette above the Z06 level under the internal code name Blue Devil (named after CEO Rick Wagoner's alma mater, Duke University). The car was originally rumored to feature a superchargedLS9 engine having a power output of more than 630 hp (639 PS; 470 kW).[13]

The October 12, 2006 issue of AutoWeek published photos by photographer Chris Doane of a C6 Z06 with special auto-manufacturer-issued license plates with a hood bulge, widely thought to confirm the presence of a supercharger on the Blue Devil. Other names attached to the project included Corvette SS, after the late '50 racing car,[14] and Corvette Z07.[15] In February 2007, a worker at a Michigan shipping company posted pictures online of a powertrain development mule that was being shipped to Germany, believed to be part of the Blue Devil program. The car had manufacturer's license plates, carbon-ceramic disc brakes, enlarged fender vents, a hood bulge, and an engine with a positive-displacement supercharger in the valley between the cylinder banks and a water-to-air intercooler atop it. GM began to release details on the Blue Devil project in April 2007. The company confirmed the existence of the project in an interview with Car and Driver on April 13. Engine power levels were confirmed to be between 600 and 700 horsepower (447 and 522 kW), but contrary to prior rumors of a supercharged 6.2 liter engine, the engine was only confirmed to have greater displacement than the 7.0 liter LS7 in the Z06.[16]Motor Trend confirmed the official name for the production version of the Blue Devil, resurrecting the old ZR1 nameplate. The ZR1 had originally been used on developmental cars in 1971, and again as ZR-1 as the top of the line variant of the C4 Corvette.[17] General Motors officially introduced the Corvette ZR1 on December 19, giving a press release and photographs of the car. GM confirmed a supercharged 6.2 L LS9 V8 having a power output of 638 hp (647 PS; 476 kW) at 6,500 rpm and 604 lb⋅ft (819 N⋅m) of torque at 3,800 rpm. A test of the ZR1 on the German autobahn revealed a top speed of 192 mph (309 km/h), although the manufacturer claims the car is engineered to attain speeds up to 205 mph (330 km/h).[18]

Carbon fiber is used on the roof, hood, fenders, front splitter, and rocker moldings; the hood and fenders are painted over, while the roof and splitter are merely covered in a clear-coat, retaining their original black color. A polycarbonate window is placed in the center of the hood, allowing the engine intercooler to be seen from the exterior. The wheels were the largest ever placed on a production Corvette, with both front and rear wheels increasing in size and diameter over the Z06. Carbon-ceramic brakes are included. The brake calipers are painted blue, as are the engine intercooler trim and the ZR1 logo. Magnetic Selective Ride Control was also included on the car, with sensors to automatically adjust stiffness levels based on road conditions and vehicle movement.[19]

Grand Sport[edit]

Corvette Grand Sport Convertible

The 2010 Grand Sport was unveiled at the 12th annual C5/C6 Corvette Birthday Bash, held at the National Corvette Museum.[20] The Grand Sport replaces the previous Z51 option. The GS or Grand Sport was equipped with the following enhancements:

  • Specific manual transmission with different gear ratios
  • Larger/stiffer anti-sway bars
  • Stiffer springs
  • Revised shocks
  • Larger Z06 rear spoiler
  • Transmission cooler
  • Functional front and rear brake ducts for added brake system cooling
  • Unique light weight forged aluminum 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels (painted finish standard and chromed finish optional)
  • Z06 brakes, including cross-drilled 355 mm (14.0 in) front rotors and 340 mm (13 in) rear rotors
  • Specific rear axle ratio on automatic transmission equipped models
  • Optional 1LT, 2LT, 3LT and 4LT trim packages.
  • Wider front and rear fenders with integrated Grand Sport badges
  • Wider 275/35ZR18 tires in the front
  • Wider 325/30ZR19 tires in the rear
  • 6-piston front calipers and 4-piston rear calipers
  • Dry-sump oil system (manual transmission coupes only)
  • Hand-built LS3 6.2 L V8 (manual transmission coupes only)
  • launch control (manual only)


TypeYears Corvette

The LS2 was replaced by LS3 from model years 2008–2013.

The LS3 engine in the GS convertible or Grand Sport coupé equipped with an automatic transmission has wet sump instead of dry sump lubrication.[21]

Limited editions[edit]

Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Championship Edition (2007)[edit]

The Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Championship Edition is a special edition of the Corvette Z06 developed to commemorate the victory of the Corvette racing team driver Ron Fellows at the 2007 ALMS GT1 championship. Notable exterior features include special Arctic White paint, red grand sport style stripes on the front fenders and red and silver hash styled stripes incorporating a maple leaf similar to the livery present on the winning car. The interior had a red interior and complemented accenting on the seats, console and door panels. The arm rest features Ron Fellows' signature. Only 399 were made with 33 destined to the Canadian market.[22]

ZHZ (2008)[edit]

The ZHZ was a standard Corvette equipped with the LS3 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, vacuum actuated valve exhaust, F55 suspension and unique 7-spoke chrome wheels. It was developed for The Hertz Corporation's Fun Collection for 2008. 150 targa tops in 2008 and 350 convertibles were produced in 2009 in total.[23] All cars were finished in yellow with a broad black stripe along the hood and roof.[24]

GT1 Championship Edition (2009)[edit]

The GT1 Championship Edition is an optional package for the C6 that was unveiled in the 2009 New York Auto Show.[25] It celebrates the Corvette C6.R's entry into the GT1 class of ALMS in 2009. This limited edition is based on either a 4LT equipped targa top, 4LT convertible or high performance Z06. Models wear the same velocity yellow "45U" body hue that adorns the C6.R or "41U" gloss black, along with a "Jake" graphic that spans the Championship edition's hood. Chrome wheels known as Gumby's are present on the targa top and convertible while the Z06 is fitted with chrome Spyder wheels. A body-colored spoiler shared with the ZR1 joins a "carbon pattern" engine cover, while a leather-wrapped ebony interior contains "GT1" embroidered on the head rests of the seats, the instrument panel and a center console armrest. Non-Z06 models also include a Z51 Performance Package and NPP Performance exhaust.

Original production numbers were slated to be 100 units of each model in each color (600 total), each carrying a premium over the standard models. But actual numbers amounted to 125 units in various numbers for each color code. This was due to the government takeover of General Motors.

Z06 Carbon Limited Edition (2011)[edit]

The Z06 Carbon Limited Edition was available as a 2011 model beginning in the summer of 2010.[26] The car was available in two colors: Inferno Orange and an all-new Supersonic Blue. On the exterior, the car had black headlamps and mirrors, a ZR1-style spoiler, carbon fiber hood, and black carbon fiber rockers and splitter. Inside, the Z06 Carbon has ebony leather and suede seats with body color-matching stitching. Other improvements include Magnetic Selective Ride Control, a special carbon engine cover, 20-spoke black 19-inch front/20-inch rear wheels, and ZR1's carbon ceramic Brembo brakes. Although Chevrolet planned to sell 500 of the Z06 Carbon Limited Edition, only 252 units were produced.[27]

Centennial Edition (2012)[edit]

Order code "ZLC" was an equipment package celebrating 100 years of racing heritage of Chevrolet. Offered exclusively in Carbon Flash Metallic, the Centennial Edition kit includes satin-black graphics and unique lightweight cast-spun aluminum Centennial Satin Black wheels that feature a thin red perimeter outline (on Z06 and ZR1 cars). All cars came with red brake calipers and featured Magnetic Selective Ride Control.

Inside, the car featured ebony leather upholstery and contrast stitching while the steering wheel and armrests featured microfiber suede accents. The headrests have an embossed Centennial Edition logo and the steering wheel hub carries the same "Louis Chevrolet 100" graphic found on the car's B-pillar and wheel center caps.

Cadillac XLR[edit]

Main article: Cadillac XLR

The Cadillac XLR is a luxury roadster that was marketed by Cadillac from 2004 to 2009 model years.[28] Assembled in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the XLR was based on the Chevrolet Corvette's Y platform. Designed to be a grand touring offering, the XLR featured different exterior and interior design, standard adaptive suspension system, a 4.6-liter Northstar V8 engine, and a power-retractable aluminum hardtop.[29]

Production notes[edit]

200537,372New C6 body is first with fixed headlights since 1962; no Z06 model and a late convertible introduction
200634,021differential is redesigned; Z06 debuts; 6-speed automatic with paddle shift available on non-Z06 models
200740,5616-speed automatic paddle shift delays are reduced drastically compared to 2006; larger glovebox
200835,310LS3 introduced, Tremec TR6060 transmission, new steering system, NPP exhaust, improved interior on all models, All leather interior added (4LT, 3LZ)
200916,956ZR1 model added, new "Spyder" wheels for Z06
201012,194Grand Sport Coupe and Convertible added, replacing the Z51 performance packages, launch control standard with manual transmission
201113,696Z06 Carbon limited edition; Z07 performance package added for Z06; new 5-spoke wheels for base models
201211,647New seat design and steering wheel; Chevrolet Centennial Edition package offered
201313,466427 Convertible collector edition added in final year for C6; 60th Anniversary design package offered

total: 215,123 units.

Concept cars[edit]


Chevrolet Corvette Z06X
2010 Chevrolet Corvette Z06X

The Z06X was designed to be a factory built road race car similar to cars like the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and Dodge Viper ACR-X. The concept car was built by GM with the help of Pratt & Miller Engineering. The Z06X features racecar components such as: carbon fiber adjustable rear wing, carbon fiber front splitter, full roll cage, fire suppression system, race seat, harness, carbon ceramic brakes, upgraded cooling system, polycarbonate rear window, adjustable coilovers, adjustable sway bars, and tow hooks; the radio, interior carpeting and sound-deadening materials have been removed.[30] The suspension system was designed and supplied by Pfadt Race Engineering.[31]



Main article: Chevrolet Corvette C6.R

The C6.R was a replacement for the C5-R, built by Pratt & Miller, and unveiled for its first competition at the 2005 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race of the American Le Mans Series. It came in second and third in its class, just behind the new Aston Martin DBR9 race car. It was put on display a week later at the New York International Auto Show next to the Z06.

In 2006, the Corvette C6.R won both American Le Mans GT1 Championships: Teams and Manufacturers. On March 17, 2007 it won the GT1 class in the 12 Hours of Sebring.

For Le Mans 2007, four C6.R's were on the entry list, the two Corvette Racing entries joined by single entries from the Luc Alphand Aventures and PSI-Motorsport teams.

The heart of the C6.R, its LS7.R motor, was crowned as Global Motorsport Engine of the Year by a jury of 50 race engine engineers on the Professional Motorsport World Expo 2006 in Cologne, Germany.

As the GT1 class dwindled, Corvette Racing switched to the GT2 class during the 2009 ALMS season.

For 2011, the aerodynamics of the ALMS cars were modified to be similar to the ZR1. This car has since won the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GTE-Pro and GTE-Am classes. In 2012, the Corvette C6.R won again in the GTE-Am category.

In addition to the American Le Mans Series, Corvette C6.Rs also race in the FIA GT1 World Championship. The GT1 cars are given more power and have less aerodynamics restrictions than the Le Mans cars, which follow GT2 regulations.

Riley GT[edit]

Riley Technologies built a GT2-class Chevrolet Corvette for the 2008 American Le Mans Series. The car also raced at the 2009 Petit Le Mans, where it beat both Pratt & Miller-built factory cars in qualifying.


Entered in the FIA GT3 European Championship series as a GT3 class car, the Z06-R is a modified production Z06. Changes were necessary to make the car endurance race ready. These include a stripped interior, full rollcage for safety, center-locking wheels, carbon fiber doors, rear deck spoiler and front splitter. The LS7 and LS3-engine and drivetrain are built by APP Racing Engines from the Netherlands. The car is not road legal.

Eight Z06-R were constructed by Callaway Competition GmbH[32] in Leingarten, Germany, for the 2006 season. The French team Riverside campaigned a three car team.[33]In an effort to achieve parity among the disparate participants of the GT3 Series, three forms of handicapping were applied by the FIA regulators: additional vehicle weight, ride height, and tire compound selection. The Corvettes were raced with all three handicaps employed.[citation needed] The Z06R won the FIA GT3 European Championship in its second year of entry.[34] By 2011, all Z06-R teams discontinued their racing efforts in GT3, ending the car's FIA career. Z06-Rs are also campaigned in national championships.

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