Earlier we covered the overall numbers for C7 Corvette production. When you break the numbers down by model, new trends appear. The Supercharged Corvette Z06 debuted in 2015 and a total of 39,940 Z06s were built in the five-year run.
2016 was the peak year for Z06 production with 14,275 leaving the factory. This was a record for performance models, comfortably passing the 2003 C5 Z06 which celebrated Corvette’s 50th birthday by selling 8,635 units. The addition of convertible models and an optional automatic transmission make my cars.com searches much more complicated but led to massive sales gains for the C7 Z06. Through the eight years of C6 Z06 production (three more than C7 Zs), a total of 27,994 were sold. Even with five additional years of the more comparable C6 ZR1 and the one year only 427 Convertible, the C7 Z06 outsold all performance variants of the C6 by 4,710 cars!
The take rate for seven-speed manuals was 34% with a total of 13,584 Z’s leaving southwest Kentucky with three pedals. The Z07 package found a home on 12,376 C7 Z06’s. Customers who ordered a combination of M7 and Z07 created the holy grail of fast and engaging Z06s that are most likely to hold or even gain value in the future as the C8 goes auto-only.
Arctic White was number one overall color for C7 production but it falls to second (7,256) on the Z06. The most popular color for the Z? Black at 7,822 total orders. Torch Red is the final color on the podium for Z06s with a total of 5,301.
The three scarcest Z06 colors were Crystal Red which was applied to exactly 400 C7 Z06s, the stunning Black Rose with 373 produced, and Sterling Blue which only accounted for .28 of a percent of total Z production at 110 units.
The two special edition Z06 models are of particular interest to us at CorvetteBlogger.
An original run of 500 C7.R Edition Z06s was announced for 2016. High demand overseas (where the C7.R has a loyal following of racing fans) lead to 150 extra cars being built and exported to an adoring public. The breakdown of the 650 cars (a nod to the LT4’s monster HP rating) is; 570 Coupes, and just 80 convertibles.
2018 saw the release of the second limited edition Z06 in the Carbon 65 Edition. These Ceramic Matrix Gray ‘Vettes were built to celebrate 65 years of production for America’s Sports Car. 281 Z06 Coupes and 72 Convertibles combined for a total of 353 Carbon 65s.
Where did your Z06’s color come in the rankings? Do you wish that you had spec’d your car a little differently after seeing final production numbers? Let us know in the comments and be sure to stay tuned in to CorvetteBlogger as we continue looking into intriguing details about C7 production.
Photos by Keith Cornett