2011 Corvette Z06 Overview
The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is back in very similar form to the previous year but an array of new options can make the Z06 an even higher-performing sports car. Like all of the C6 Z06 Corvettes, the 2011 Z06 is powered by the 7.0L LS7 engine offering 505 horsepower mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and as has been the case since the Z06 was introduced, it comes only as a coupe. The research and development of the C6 Z06 took place mainly via General Motors’ race program and the Z06 is only a colorful paint and decal job away from being ready for race day.
The 2011 Corvette Z06 is jammed full of alterations from the standard Corvette right down to the frame and while GM made sure that the Z06 had plenty of power, they focused on reducing weight to give the Z06 racecar-like handling properties. Unlike the steel framework used in the other 2011 Corvettes, the Z06 features an aluminum alloy chassis with a magnesium engine cradle – both helping to vastly reduce vehicle weight – tipping the scales at just over 3,100lbs.
New for 2011, the Z06 can be ordered with the Magnetic Selective Ride Control system from the Corvette ZR1 and for the first time, there is an available trimline on the Z06. The 2011 Z06 Carbon features a frenzy of carbon fiber goodies, such as the hood, rockers and splitters similar to those found on the ZR1. Also borrowed from the big brother ZR1, the 2011 Z06 Carbon comes with the massive carbon-ceramic brake system, allowing braking performance unrivaled in the US market. The Z06 Carbon also comes with the expected additions inside to set it apart from the standard 2011 Z06 but the production of this factory modified Z06 is limited to just 500 units.
For those who aren’t lucky enough to get their hands on one of the 2011 Z06 Carbon models, Chevrolet is offering the Z07 and CFZ packages. The Z07 package is available only as 2011 Z06s and it includes all of the functional items from the Z06 Carbon like the enhanced cooling system, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, carbon ceramic brake setup including rotors, pads and calipers and the 19/20 inch wheels. If you are more interested in the fine lines of the 2011 Z06 Carbon than the enhanced handling, the CFZ package is for you. This option includes the physical upgrades from the Z06 Carbon, including the front lower splitter, the lower rocker panels, the lightweight roof panel and the body colored rear spoiler similar to that found on the ZR1.
The 2011 Corvette Z06 comes with an MSRP of $74,305 and while there doesn’t seem to be a definitive price on the Z06 Carbon, many speculate that it will cost somewhere in the range of $90k. The 2011 Z06-Z07 package will set you back around $9,500 and the CFZ appearance package runs around $5,000 if you would rather go your own route to modifying your 2011 Corvette Z06.