2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition – Track-day Special or Ultimate Collectible?

By Steve & Tamami Laser

We’ve seen some great Corvette limited editions over the years, but this one really has our socks going up and down. Chevrolet has announced the 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition as a road-going, track-capable homage to the Corvette Racing C7.R race cars. Yet with only 500 planned to be built, we wonder how many will actually become track-day specials while the others are put away as prized future collectibles?

2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition

Chevrolet says that all 500 will include the Z07 Performance Package with carbon ceramic brakes, as well as a serialized vehicle identification number (see below). The C7.R Edition will be offered in Corvette Racing’s signature yellow, or in stealthy black, with coordinated exterior and interior accents. Chevrolet has announced that the special edition is planned to go on sale later in 2015 as a 2016 model.

2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition

“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 unique, personal ownership experiences, which become important parts of Corvette’s legacy.”

2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition

The Z07 Performance Package includes Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors that improve braking performance and contribute to greater handling through reduced un-sprung weight. The Z07 package also includes adjustable front and rear aero components for aerodynamic downforce and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires for enhanced grip.

2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition

“The Z07 Performance Package enhances overall performance to make the Corvette Z06 one of the most track-capable cars you can buy off the dealership floor and still drive it to work every day,” said Charles.

2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition

“Combined with the 650-horsepower supercharged LT4 engine, true aerodynamic downforce and performance technologies such as Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Traction Management and an electronic limited slip differential, the Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition offers capability matched only by an elite fraternity of the world’s supercars and special-edition exclusivity that is sure to make it an instant collector’s item.”

Here is a complete list of content and unique features for the 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition:

  • Offered on coupe and convertible models with 3LZ trim
  • Available in Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat (new for 2016) or Black exterior colors
  • C7.R Edition graphics package
  • Z07 Performance Package with Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and Michelin PS Cup 2 tires
  • Yellow brake calipers
  • Black wheels with yellow accent strip and Corvette Racing-logo center caps
  • Visible carbon fiber ground effects package
  • New visible carbon fiber hood section
  • Grilles and vents finished in Spectra Gray Metallic
  • Jet Black leather interior with sueded microfiber accents on the instrument panel and doors
  • Sueded microfiber-trimmed Competition Sport Seat, steering wheel and shifter
  • Yellow contrast stitching throughout the interior
  • Carbon fiber interior trim package (high-gloss)
  • Corvette Racing sill plates
  • Numbered C7.R Edition interior plaque showing the build number, starting with VIN 700001
  • Special indoor car cover with C7.R graphics.

While prices have not been announced, it almost doesn’t matter since there are more than enough Corvette enthusiasts across the globe ready and waiting for a chance to add this new car to their collection.

For more information on the Corvette visit Chevrolet.com

Features and specifications apply to models sold in the U.S. and are subject to change without notice by the automaker

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