In March, Chevrolet announced the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition would be available by the end of the year. The track ready special was to begin production in late summer and would hit dealers not long after. Production was pushed back to November, which was again rescheduled. Now, the guys over at Corvetteblogger.com have announced production will actually start in January or February of next year, with a base price is set at $90,960
If you check every box that price will reportedly jump to reported $99,925. This puts the Carbon Edition on the high side of splitting the difference between the standard Z06 at $74,305 and the flagship ZR1 at $111,100. Performance seems to be split down the middle as well.
The Z06 Carbon Edition starts with the same 505-horsepower 7-liter V8 engine found in the standard Z06.Handling and braking is where the Carbon Edition really puts the distance on the Standard Z06. Although not any lighter, it is equipped with the carbon brakes and magnetic ride suspension found on the higher-end ZR1.
On the outside, the Carbon Edition will include a carbon fiber hood, rockers and front splitter. A body-colored spoiler is also standard on the rear and a carbon fiber roof panel is available. The interior receives loads of suede upholstery on the seating surface, steering wheel and shifter and is complimented by either blue or orange contrasting stitching.
While many customers will enjoy the exclusivity and high-tech look of the Z06 Carbon Edition, we have to wonder how many will simply decide to pony up the extra $20,000 and get the supercharged ZR1. Chevrolet is obviously betting there are a large number of people who don’t need the straight line performance but still want a track ready Corvette.