Production of the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon was originally expected to begin this summer, but repeated delays have pushed that date back to sometime early next year. Just 500 units of the Z06 Carbon will be produced, although many of the features are available via the General Motors RPO Z07 and CFZ accessory packages for the 2011 Z06.
The 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon was announced earlier this year, and it begins with the already lightweight chassis of the traditional Z06, along with the 7.0L V8 that makes 505 horsepower mated to a manual transmission. The modifications begin on the outside, with a variety of carbon fiber body panels including the hood, rockers, and fascia trim. Z06 Carbon specific black wheels wrapped in high performance Michelin tires are added in addition to number panels on the doors that can be customized for track days.
The most important additions to the Z06 Carbon are the Brembo carbon brakes with cooling ducts and Magnetic Selective Ride Control systems that are borrowed from the Corvette ZR-1. This combines the high performance handling of the ZR-1 with the lightweight chassis (and engine) of the Z06 – likely constructing the best handling Corvette to ever be offered as a factory production model.