The big news coming out of the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash is the enhancements made to the 2011 Z06. The last couple of years have seen the Z06 bracketed by two new models, the high performance ZR1 and the better than stock Corvette Grand Sport. Other than a few updates, the Z06 remained relatively unchanged since its introduction in 2006. In refreshing the Z06, Corvette engineers listened to the owners have provided several enhancements designed to keep the Z06 on the cutting edge of performance while maintaining its edge as the most trackable Corvette in the model lineup.
The 2011 Corvette Z06 features new tires from Goodyear, an aggressive dual mode exhaust tune, as well as the aforementioned Z07 performance package featuring the Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and the CFZ Carbon Fiber appearance package.
In this video from the C6/C6 Bash, Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter touches on all these updates, but you see he spends much of his time talking about the new tires and how impressed he and team were during testing. During the Q&A, we learned that these new Goodyear’s will be available as replacement tires for you existing Z06 owners and we may see them available in other sizes depending on customer feedback.
The rest of the Z06 portion of the GM seminar focused on both the new Carbon limited edition which we covered extensively when the car was introduced during the 12 Hours of Sebring as well as the new Z06 50th Anniversary Le Mans Corvette which was publically revealed at the Bash. The video of the Le Mans Tribute Z06 Corvette will be available shortly.