• Chevrolet brings some changes for the 2011 Corvette Z06

While waiting for the next generation Corvette, Chevrolet is entering the 2011 model year with alist of upgrades. The new model will go on sale in three trim versions: 1LZ, 2LZ, and 3LZ with prices starting at $74,305.

The Corvette Z06 will get two new packages for the 2011 model year. The first is the Z07 Performance Package that includes Brembo ceramic brakes, Magnetic Ride Control, larger Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires, and competition gray 20-spoke wheels (19-inch front/20-inch rear). The second package is called the CFZ Carbon Fiber Package and consists of a black carbon fiber splitter, rockers, roof panel and body-color, and ZR1-style full-width rear spoiler. Also new for 2011, the Z06 will receive a new exhaust system tuning, contrasting-color headlamps, and two new exterior colors: Inferno Orange and Supersonic Blue.

Under the hood there is an LS7 7.0 liter engine that delivers 505 HP and 470 lbs-ft of torque. The sports car will make the 0-60mph sprint in 3.7 seconds in first gear, has quarter-mile times of 11.7 seconds at 125 mph, and a top speed of 198 mph.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

The Z06 is a Corvette like no other. With its racing-inspired powertrain and suspension features, along with an aluminum frame and carbon fiber fenders and floor panels, it delivers exceptional levels of capability and technology. And with a curb weight of only 3,175 pounds (1440 kg), it’s the lightest, best-balanced Corvette model and one of the most svelte supercars on the market.

Indeed, racing is in the Corvette Z06’s DNA and many owners’ cars see double duty as daily drivers and weekend road course warriors. It’s what the car was designed for and, compared to other sports cars that cost up to double – or more – the Z06 offers competitive levels of performance at a lower price.

Chevrolet brings significant updates to the Z06 for 2011, with special packages and new options that enhance performance and styling, while also offering greater personalization choices. They include:

  • New standard Goodyear F1 Supercar Gen 2 tires and exhaust system tuning
  • New Z07 Performance Package
  • New CFZ Carbon Fiber Package
  • Z06 Carbon limited-edition model
  • Two new exterior colors: Inferno Orange and Supersonic Blue, bringing the total to 10 exterior color choices for all models
  • Available contrasting-color headlamps, in Cyber Gray, Black or Blade Silver
  • New interior custom color stitching option, in red, blue or yellow
  • USB port and input jack included with the navigation radio.

The Z07 Performance Package brings greater handling and braking capability to the Z06, with:

  • Brembo ceramic brakes, with gray metallic calipers, similar to those offered on the Corvette ZR1
  • Magnetic Ride Control
  • Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires
  • Twenty-spoke wheels in competition gray (19 x 10-inch front, 20 x 12-inch rear).

The CFZ Carbon Fiber Package gives the Z06 lightweight aero enhancements similar to those found on the ZR1. Included in the optional package is a black-painted carbon fiber front splitter, rockers, roof panel and a body-color full-width rear spoiler.

The Z06 Carbon limited-edition model blends the performance features of the Z07 package and the styling cues of the Carbon Fiber package. In addition to the features included with both new packages, this sinister-looking Z06 also includes:

  • A raised carbon fiber hood
  • Black wheels, outside mirrors and headlamp housings
  • A special engine cover
  • A leather and suede interior with body-color stitching
  • Special graphics commemorating 50 years of Le Mans racing (installation left to the customer’s discretion)
  • Special vehicle identification number sequence.

The Z06 Carbon is designed to be the best Corvette for track events, with the chassis and aerodynamic features of the ZR1 complemented by the lower curb weight and balance of the naturally aspirated Z06.

Chevrolet will build no more than 500 examples of the Z06 Carbon; it is available in Supersonic Blue or Inferno Orange.

Z06 performance

Corvette Z06 is propelled by the LS7 7.0L (427 cubic inches) engine that delivers 505 horsepower (377 kW). Unique features include a racing-style dry-sump oiling system that helps ensure adequate oil pressure during high-load cornering. The LS7 engine powers a 3,175-pound (1,440 kg) package to help deliver 0-60 performance of 3.7 seconds in first gear, quarter-mile times of 11.7 seconds at 125 mph and a top speed of 198 mph. A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered with the engine.

The Corvette Z06’s powertrain and drivetrain systems are matched to the LS7’s performance capability. The light, four-into-one headers discharge into close-coupled catalytic converters and through two-mode mufflers. The mufflers each feature a vacuum-actuated outlet valve, which controls exhaust noise during low-load operation but opens for maximum power.

At the rear of the LS7 engine, a single-mass flywheel and lightweight, high-capacity clutch channel torque to the rear transaxle. The six-speed manual transmission is strengthened to handle the LS7’s substantial torque load. It also incorporates a pump that sends transmission fluid to the front radiator for cooling. Upon its return, the fluid removes additional heat from the differential lube before returning to the transmission. The six-speed transmission connects to a limited-slip differential, with enlarged ring and pinion gears. Stronger axle half-shafts with tougher universal joints transmit power to the rear wheels.

Architecture and suspension

The Z06 has an aluminum body structure for optimum stiffness and light weight for the fixed-roof body style. Perimeter rails are one-piece hydroformed aluminum members featuring cast suspension nodes, which replace many welded steel components on other Corvette models. Advanced structural composites featuring carbon-fiber are bonded to the aluminum structure. The wider front wheelhouses, for example, are carbon composites, and the passenger compartment floors combine carbon-fiber skins with an ultra-lightweight balsa wood core.

The Z06 has a magnesium cradle that serves as the attachment point for the engine and some front suspension components. Magnesium is lighter than aluminum, yet incredibly strong. The magnesium cradle helps improve the front-to-rear weight distribution, as do carbon-fiber front fenders and wheelhouses. Engineers also moved the battery from underhood to a position in the rear cargo area, behind one of the rear wheels.

The Z06 retains the 105.7-inch (2,686-mm) wheelbase of other Corvette models, as well as the short-long arm suspension and transverse spring design, but it rides on all-new wheels, tires and brakes, as well as its own rear spring and roll stabilizer. It’s a firmer suspension that works harmoniously with large 18 x 9.5-inch cast-spun aluminum wheels and 275/35ZR18 tires in the front, and 19 x 12-inch cast-spun aluminum wheels with 325/30ZR19 tires in the rear. New Goodyear F1 Supercar Gen 2 tires are standard.

Complementing the suspension system and large rolling stock is an equally capable four-wheel disc brake system, consisting of 14-inch (355 mm) vented and cross-drilled front rotors and 13.4-inch (340 mm) vented and cross-drilled rear rotors.

The front rotors are acted upon by large, red-painted six-piston calipers that use six individual brake pads. Individual brake pads are used because they deliver more equalized wear compared to what would otherwise be a pair of very long single-piece pads. The rear brakes use four-piston calipers with four individual brake pads. A four-channel ABS system is standard, as is a very competent active handling system – complete with a Competitive Driving mode.

Design elements

Aggressive is the best way to describe the Z06’s design, with a wide-body, hunkered-down stance that is as functional as it is attractive. Highlights include:

  • Wide front fascia with a large, forward-facing grille opening, a splitter along the bottom and wheel opening extensions along the sides to provide aerodynamic downforce
  • Cold-air scoop in front of the hood that integrates an air inlet system for the engine
  • Trailing edge of the front wheel opening is radiused to achieve improved drag, but protects the body finish with a tough molding, and a large air extractor is behind the wheel
  • Fixed-roof body style optimizes body rigidity and mass
  • Wide rear fenders with flares cover the massive rear tires and a brake cooling scoop in front of the wheels visually balances the fender extractor
  • Tall rear spoiler houses the CHMSL on the top of the rear fascia
  • Ten-spoke spider-design wheels (18-inch front; 19-inch rear)
  • Four large stainless steel exhaust outlets
  • Z06 badging on the carbon-fiber front fenders.

The aerodynamics of the Z06’s exterior were shaped by the experiences of the Corvette racing program, where high-speed stability and cornering capability are paramount. While the race cars use large rear wings, the Z06’s elevated spoiler provides sufficient downforce to balance the road-worthy front splitter without adversely affecting aerodynamic drag.

For all of its race-inspired functionality, the Z06 is designed to be a daily-drivable, high-performance vehicle. To that end, comfort and convenience are held to a very high standard. Standard features include High-Intensity Discharge lighting, fog lamps, leather seating, dual-zone air conditioning, cabin air filtration and head-up display (HUD) with track mode and g-meter.

The Z06 gauge cluster displays the Z06 logo on the 7000-redline tachometer, and has a readout on the oil pressure gauge to reflect the higher standard pressure of the dry-sump oiling system. The seats feature two-tone leather surfaces with Z06-logo embroidery and contrasting stitching.



  • Models: Chevrolet Corvette Z06
  • Body styles / driveline: two-door hatchback coupe with fixed roof; rear-wheel drive
  • Construction: composite and carbon-fiber body panels, hydroformed aluminum frame with aluminum and magnesium structural and chassis components
  • Manufacturing location: Bowling Green, Ky.


  • Displacement (cu in / cc): 427 / 7008
  • Bore & stroke (in / mm): 4.125 x 4 / 104.8 x 101.6
  • Block material: cast aluminum
  • Cylinder head material: cast aluminum
  • Valvetrain: overhead valve, two valves per cylinder
  • Fuel delivery: SFI (sequential fuel injection)
  • Compression ratio: 11.0:1
  • Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 505 / 377 @ 6300*
  • Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 470 / 637 @ 4800*
  • Recommended fuel: premium required
  • EPA estimated fuel economy (city / hwy): 15 / 24 (manual)


  • Application: std.
  • Gear ratios (:1):
  • First: 2.66
  • Second: 1.78
  • Third: 1.30
  • Fourth: 1.00
  • Fifth: 0.74
  • Sixth: 0.50
  • Reverse: 2.90
  • Final drive ratio: 3.42


  • Front:short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite leaf spring, monotube shock absorber; Magnetic Ride Control w/ Z07 pkg.
  • Rear: short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite leaf spring, monotube shock absorber; Magnetic Ride Control w/ Z07 pkg.
  • Traction control: electronic traction control; Active Handling


  • Type: front and rear power-assisted disc with ABS with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers, cross-drilled rotors; ceramic rotors w/ Z07 pkg.
  • Rotor diameter x thickness (in / mm): front: 14 x 1.3 / 355 x 32; rear: 13.4 x 1 / 340 x 26
  • Brake swept area (sq in / mm): front: 309 / 1994; rear: 269 / 1735


  • Wheel size: front: 18-inch x 9.5-inch (std); 19-inch x 10-inch (w/ Z07 pkg.); rear: 19-inch x 12-inch (std); 20-inch x 12-inch (w/ Z07 pkg.)
  • Tires: front: 275/35ZR18 (std.); 285/30ZR19 (w/ Z07 pkg.); rear: 325/30ZR19 (std.); 335/25ZR20 (w/ Z07 pkg.)


  • Wheelbase (in / mm): 105.7 / 2685
  • Overall length (in / mm): 175.6 / 4460
  • Overall width (in / mm): 75.9 / 1928
  • Overall height (in / mm): 48.7 / 1236
  • Curb weight (lb / kg): 3175 / 1440 (Z06)
  • Weight distribution (% front / rear): 50 / 50 (Z06)


  • Seating capacity: 2
  • Interior volume (cu ft / L): 52 / 1475
  • Headr oom (in / mm): 38 / 962
  • Legroom (in / mm): 43 / 1092
  • Shoulder room (in / mm): 55 / 1397
  • Hip room (in / mm): 54 / 1371


  • Cargo volume (cu ft / L): 22 / 634
  • Fuel tank (gal / L): 18 / 68.1
  • Engine oil (qt / L): 10.5 / 9.9




2010 Corvette Coupe - $48,950

1LT Base Equipment Group $0
2LT Equipment Group $1,195
3LT Preferred Equipment Group $4,205
4LT Premium Equipment Group $7,705

2010 Corvette Convertible - $53,600

1LT Base Equipment Group $0
2LT Equipment Group $3,190
3LT Preferred Equipment Group $6,200
4LT Premium Equipment Group $9,700

2010 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe - $54,790

1LT Base Equipment Group $0
2LT Equipment Group $1,195
3LT Preferred Equipment Group $4,205
4LT Premium Equipment Group $7,705

2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible - $58,600

1LT Base Equipment Group $0
2LT Equipment Group $3,190
3LT Preferred Equipment Group $6,200
4LT Premium Equipment Group $9,700

2010 Corvette Z06 - $74,305

1LZ Base Equipment Group $0
2LZ Preferred Equipment Group $2,665
3LZ Premium Equipment Group $7,170

2010 Corvette ZR1 - $109,800

1ZR Base Equipment Group $0
3ZR Premium Equipment Group $10,000


C2L Roof Package – Includes Painted and Glass Tops $1,400
CC3 Glass Roof instead of Painted Roof $750
CCR Special order option $0
CFZ Z06 Carbon Fiber Package $3,995
D30 Color Combination Override $590
F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control – Grand Sports $1,695
F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control – Coupe/Conv $1,995
H33 Cyber Gray Metallic Headlamp Override $590
H34 Blade Silver Metallic Headlamp Override $590
H35 Black Headlamp Override $590
J55 Cross Drilled Brake Rotors $500
MN6 6-Speed Manual Transmission $0
MXO 6-Speed Paddle Shift Automatic Transmission $1,250
NPP Dual Mode Exhaust $1,195
PYD Grand Sport Competition Gray Wheels $395
PYE Grand Sport Chrome Wheels $1,995
Q44 Z06 Competition Gray Wheels $395
Q6B ZR1 Chrome Wheels $2,000
Q6J ZR1 Competition Gray Wheels $395
Q76 Z06 Original Chrome 10 spoke Wheels $1,495
Q8A Z06 Spider Chrome Wheels $1,995
Q9V Chrome 5 Spoke Wheels – Coupe and Conv Only $1,850
QX1 Split Spoke Competition Gray Wheels $395
R8C Museum Delivery $490
U3U Navigation 6.5” Screen $1,795
US9 6 Disc CD Changer $395
Z07 Z06 Ultimate Performance Package $9,495
Z15 Grand Sport Heritage Package $1,195
**6 Two-Tone Seating $695
36S Custom Leather Stitching – Yellow $395
37S Custom Leather Stitching – Blue $395
38S Custom Leather Stitching – Red $395
0B1 Cross Flag Embroidery on Headrests $300
28U Inferno Orange Metiallic $300
45U Velocity Yellow Premium Tintcoat $850
85U Jetstream Blue Premium Tintcoat $850
89U Crystal Red Premium Tintcoat $850
GLB Supersonic Blue Metallic $300


PYD Competition Gray Aluminum – Grand Sport $395
PYE Chrome Aluminum – Grand Sport $1,995
Q44 Z06 Competition Gray $395
Q6B ZR1 Chrome Aluminum $2,000
Q6J ZR1 Competition Gray Aluminum $395
Q8A Z06 Chrome Aluminum $1,995
QX1 Competition Gray Aluminum – Coupe/Conv $395
QX3 Chrome Aluminum – Coupe/Conv $1,850
RQ1 Machine Faced Aluminum – Coupe/Conv $895
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  (830) posted on 10.15.2010

The gray wheels should be absolutely mandatory on the ZR1. They radically improve the look of the car. That Z06 I had was the best-looking C6 I have ever seen, period.

  (340) posted on 10.12.2010

Are the wheels carbon too? That be neat! Either way, I’ll take one, no make that two!

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