What Is It?
The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R Special Edition is a unique version of the high-performance Corvette Z06, paying homage to the brand’s C7.R race car.
Under the skin, the C7.R Special Edition is a Corvette Z06 in its upscale 3LZ trim, equipped with the sports car’s high-performance Z07 Performance package, an $8,000 option over the standard model including improved suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
From there, the C7.R Special Edition adds a long list of stylish upgrades, such as black and yellow wheels, an exposed carbon-fiber hood insert, a jet-black interior with suede seat inserts, competition sport bucket seats, carbon-fiber instrument panel trim, yellow brake calipers and, in convertible guise, a black convertible top. The C7.R model is only offered in conjunction with black or Corvette Racing Yellow exterior colors.
Essentially, this makes the Z06 C7.R Special Edition the ultimate Z06, a well-equipped model with the Z07 Performance package and a livery paying tribute to the C7.R race car. As a result, the C7.R Special Edition package isn’t cheap, but you’ll certainly be noticed on the road.
The C7.R Special Edition starts from around $112,400 with shipping. That’s the standard Z06’s manufacturer’s suggested retail price (around $80,400 with shipping), plus $9,000 for the 3LZ trim level, plus another $23,000 for the pricy C7.R Special Edition option package.
When Can You Buy It?
The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R Special Editon is on sale now. Chevrolet is only building 650 examples for the world, 500 of which will remain in the United States.
Add It to Your Shopping List Because…
If you want to have the ultimate Corvette, this is it. Not only is it a high-performance Z06 model, but it comes with the Z06’s upscale 3LZ trim. It also comes with the 3LZ trim and offers the Z07 Performance package. On top of that, it offers the closest thing you can find to the actual C7.R’s race car livery for the road. Simply put, this is the most extreme version of the current Corvette you can buy today.
Other Cars to Consider
2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat — If track times and cornering aren’t especially important to you, consider the Challenger Hellcat, a 700-horsepower version of Dodge’s retro-styled Challenger coupe.
2016 Porsche 911 GT3 — The recently redesigned Porsche 911 GT3 is pricier than a standard Corvette Z06, but it’s nearly within reach of the Z06 C7.R Special Edition. The Porsche doesn’t have the Corvette’s brute power, but its on-track performance is still amazing.
Used Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 — Few vehicles lay claim to the title of ultimate Corvette like the recently departed Corvette ZR1, which was offered on the sports car’s C6 body style. Featuring 638 hp, a ZR1 offers similar performance numbers to the pricy C7 Z06.