General Motors introduced the 2011 Chevrolet Z06 Carbon Edition as part of the plan to help keep the aging C6 fresh until the seventh-generation Corvette (C7 in Corvette nomenclature) makes its debut. Only 500 of the special edition cars will be produced, and the first one just sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Pebble Beach Auction over the weekend for a staggering $297,000.
Of course for that kind of coin, the winning bidder gets a few perks in addition to the first Carbon Edition Z06 built. Included with the winning bidder’s car is the opportunity to visit GM’s Wixom Assembly Plant where both the 7.0-liter LS7 and 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 V-8s are built (along with a few 6.2-liter LS3s destined for Corvette Grand Sports). Additionally, the winning bidder will get the opportunity to visit GM’s Corvette production facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. There the bidder will be able to watch the Corvette roll down the assembly line and take delivery of his car at the National Corvette Museum on site.
To create the limited edition Z06 Carbon Corvettes, GM essentially takes a Corvette ZR1 chassis and puts a 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 in the car instead of the 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 V-8 found in the ZR1. This means that the Carbon Edition Corvettes get the ZR1’s Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, magnetic selective ride control suspension, and high-performance Michelin PS2 tires, 19-inch fronts and 20-inch rears. These options can also be ordered on a new stand-alone package called the Z07, as the Carbon Edition Corvette includes several unique interior and exterior additions.
The Carbon Edition Corvette is available in only in Inferno Orange Metallic or Supersonic Blue and includes black headlights and mirrors. Other exterior features include a carbon fiber front splitter, black carbon fiber rocker panels, a raised carbon fiber hood, and body color door handles. The interior features black suede with body color stitching.