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Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R road version announced

April 27, 2015

Chevrolet has revealed the new Corvette Z06 C7.R high performance edition. It’s inspired by the C7.R Corvette racing car.

2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R edition-driving

As you might expect, the road-going edition features plenty of performance parts and enhancements. There’s a unique bodykit made from carbon fibre, a special carbon bonnet section, and a large rear wing.

The body is available in only two colours, including black with Spectra Grey highlights, and a new Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat with the various black trimmings.

Mechanically, there aren’t many changes from the regular Z06. It does showcase the otherwise optional Performance Package though, which includes special Michelin PS Cup 2 tyres and some serious Brembo carbon ceramic brakes.

Under the bonnet sits GM’s relatively new LT4 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine churning out 485kW of power and 881Nm of torque. It uses a 10.0:1 compression ratio, stainless steel exhaust manifolds, and dry-sump lubrication. Harlan Charles, Corvette product and marketing manager, spoke about the car in a statement, saying,

“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.”

Take a look inside and you’ll see unique sill plates, a Jet Black leather trim with microfibre sections, yellow stitching for various items, and a sports steering wheel, gear shifter and competition seats.

Chevrolet is planning to make just 500 examples of the C7.R special edition, making it quite a rare package for the enthusiasts. Interested punters will be able buy later this year.

2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R editions

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.