On Friday, Chevrolet introduced all the changes and upgrades to the 2016 model year Corvette. Today, we take a closer look at the limited edition 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R edition which pays homage to the factory-backed Corvette Racing team.
The Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition will be available in fourth quarter 2015 and is limited to just 500 units. So if you want one of these, you better start talking to a dealership about getting on a list because we don’t expect these to hanging around dealership lots once they are produced.
The Z06 and Corvette Racing’s C7.R share a development history that started with the C5 Corvette generation and both cars has been refined through technology transfer from street car to race car and back to street car during the C6 generation. It’s safe to say that neither the Z06 or the C7.R would exist without the other. Both Corvettes were introduced together last year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and since its rollout to customers started in late 2014, the production Corvette Z06 has had its largest rollout ever with over 8,000 made during the 2015 model year.
The last time Chevrolet paid its respects to the Corvette Racing team was in 2009 with the GT1 Championship Editions. Offered in Black or Yellow, these Corvettes were a hit with buyers and today they are one of the most collected models from the C6 Corvette era. With the new Z06 C7.R package, Chevrolet is again showing its respect for the factory racer with an new appearance package that will make this car one of the star attractions at any Corvette Corral on the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship series.
All C7.R editions include the Z07 Performance Package and will be offered in both Coupe and Convertible Z06 configurations. The special edition comes only in 3LZ Trim and buyers will be able to select the exterior in Corvette Racing Yellow or Black. The 500 units will all come with their own unique sequential VIN to insure collectibility in the future.
A new graphics package features Corvette Racing’s mascot “Jake” on the hood of the car. Under the Jake graphic is the new B92 hood which features visible carbon fiber weave on the island or stinger area of the hood. A graphic on the hood in a matte silver proclaims the car as the C7.R Edition and that racing stripe is carried to the rear of the car where it terminates at the rear spoiler.
The exterior of the car also features the visible carbon fiber ground effects package, black wheels with a yellow accent stripe and yellow brake calipers. The grilles and vents are finished in Spectra Gray Metallic.
Inside the C7.R limited edition package you will find a Jet Black leather interior with sueded microfiber accents and yellow stitching, a high gloss version of the Carbon Fiber interior trim package and Competition Sport seats with sueded microfiber steering wheel and shifter. The C7.R logo is both embossed and embroidered into the seat backs and the word “Edition” is laser-etched into the seat – a first time use of the laser etching process on a Corvette. The C7.R edition comes with Corvette Racing sill plates and a numbered C7.R Edition dash plaque features the number of class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (7) as well as the number of Championships won by the Corvette Racing team (10).
At the National Corvette Museum’s Bash, the Corvette C7.R Edition was unveiled by Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan and driver Tommy Milner. Parked end to end with Corvette Racing’s No.4 C7.R show car, the C7.R limited Edition Z06 was immediately mobbed by the crowd looking to get a closer look of the new car.
“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,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product and marketing manager. “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.”
For those that think that C7.R should have come with powertrain upgrades and engine enhancements, remember that all those changes require additional testing and warranty requirements that make it cost-prohibitive for a car limited to just 500 units.
Here’s the official photography of the car by GM showing both the Corvette C7.R and the new Corvette Z06 C7.R Editon on the National Corvette Museum’s Motorsports Park track:
Pricing for the 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition will be released in June with production expected to be completed sometime during 4th quarter 2015. Click here for more information about the other changes and updates to the 2016 Corvette.
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