Chevy celebrates 65 years of Corvette with special-edition package

Launched in 2013, the seventh-generation Corvette adopted a new styling language, GM’s latest in-car technology, and a significantly more upscale interior that finally moved the nameplate to the more premium side of the market. A new V-8 engine was also developed, as well as a redesigned Z06 that packs more horsepower than a Dodge Viper. Following a range of new updates for each model year, the Corvette celebrates its 65th anniversary with the Carbon 65 Edition at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

Wow, I can’t believe that almost 65 years have passed since the Corvette came to be, but yes, the original ’Vette goes back to 1953. Granted, it’s not as big as the 60th and 70th anniversary, but 65 years of making American sports car enthusiasts happy is a great reason to celebrate. And, the Carbon 65 Edition seems like the perfect package for a special event like this. Like the name suggests, the C7 is enhanced by means of carbon-fiber elements, but it also gets a number of unique visuals inside and out.

However, the upgrade isn’t available on just any model, but only on the Grand Sport 3LT and the Z06 3LZ. It’s also limited to only 650 units globally.

“Corvette is one of the most storied names in Chevrolet and sports car history, with a heritage few can match,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “The new Carbon 65 Edition honors that legacy, while offering customers another unique, special-edition model that personalizes the ownership experience.”

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition.

What makes the Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition special

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The package is available for the range-topping trims of the Grand Sport and Z06 models.

It may be a bit disappointing that the Carbon 65 package isn’t available for the standard Corvette, but the good news is that you get a ton of cool features as standard on the Grand Sport and Z06. Both share the Z06 upgrade styling-wise, which means a more aggressive exterior and enhanced aerodynamics. On top of that, the Carbon 65 Edition adds a new carbon-fiber spoiler and quarter intake ducts in clear finish. The latter are available on the coupe models only. The coupes also get carbon-fiber hood section and roof, while the convertibles gain carbon tonneau inserts.

All Carbon 65 models will come equipped with black wheels that have machined grooves and carbon-fiber logo center caps, and are wrapped in summer-only tires. Behind the rims there will be blue brake calipers. All cars regardless of spec will be finished in Ceramic Matrix Gray, a light shade of gray that appears to be almost white in certain lighting conditions. The convertibles also come with blue tops. Finally, the Carbon 65 Edition is rounded off by unique fender and door graphics and Carbon Flash badged and mirror caps.

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The black upholstery is paired to carbon-fiber trim and steering wheel, while the blue stitching adds a splash of color.

Inside, the package revolves around a mostly Jet Black suede interior. The upholstery is paired to gloss carbon-fiber trim and a carbon-fiber steering wheel, but the blue stitching adds a splash of color. Chevy also added Competition seats and "Carbon 65 Edition" sill plates for a sportier look.

There are no upgrades under the hood, but that’s not to say that the Carbon 65 Edition is slow. Should you pick the Grand Sport as a base, the 6.2-liter V-8 cranks out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, as it comes with the optional performance exhaust system. Transmission options include the seven-speed manual with active rev match and the eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. In this configuration, the Carbon 65 Edition should hit 60 mph from a standing start in as low as 3.5 seconds.

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Pricing for the Carbon 65 Edition is set at $15,000 in addition to the base model.

Opt for Corvette Z06 as a base and the LT4 engine gains a supercharger and output increases to 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of twist. This will put the Carbon 65 Edition into supercar territory and help it charge from 0 to 60 mph in as low as three seconds. Both the seven-speed manual and the eight-speed automatic are offered. Top speed for the Z06 is a mind-boggling 205 mph.

Pricing for the Carbon 65 Edition is set at $15,000 in addition to the base model. The Grand Sport 3LT trim starts from $76,190, which means that the Carbon 65 Edition for this model will cost $91,190 before options. If you want the convertible, you’ll have to pay $95,190 before adding extra features. The Z06-based version is notably more expensive, as the 3LZ trim retails from $89,390 as a coupe and $93,390 as a convertible. With the Carbon 65 Edition package, it will cost $104,390 and $108,390, respectively.

Not exactly affordable, but hey, the Corvette doesn’t turn 65 every day.

Press Release

Chevrolet is commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Corvette with a new Corvette Carbon 65 Edition offered on 2018 Grand Sport 3LT and Z06 3LZ models.

Limited to only 650 numbered vehicles globally, the distinctive Carbon 65 blends visible carbon-fiber exterior elements — notably, a new carbon-fiber rear spoiler and quarter ducts — with a new Ceramic Matrix Gray exterior color and special interior appointments, including a new carbon-fiber-rimmed steering wheel.

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“Corvette is one of the most storied names in Chevrolet and sports car history, with a heritage few can match,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president Chevrolet Marketing. “The new Carbon 65 Edition honors that legacy, while offering customers another unique, special-edition model that personalizes the ownership experience.”

The Carbon 65 Edition package (order code Z30) will include:

Available on Grand Sport 3LT and Z06 3LZ trims
Ceramic Matrix Gray exterior (blue top on Convertibles)
Unique fender stripes and door graphics
Black wheels with machined grooves paired with summer-only tires* (Cup-style wheels for Grand Sport and Blade-style wheels for Z06)
Blue brake calipers
Visible carbon-fiber ground effects, hood section and roof (Coupe models) or tonneau inserts (Convertible models)
New visible carbon-fiber spoiler (all models) and quarter intake ducts (Coupe)
Center caps with Carbon logo
Carbon Flash badges and outside mirrors
Jet Black suede-wrapped interior with blue stitching
Carbon-fiber steering wheel rim and gloss carbon-fiber interior trim
Competition Sport seats
Carbon 65 Edition sill plates

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The Corvette Carbon 65 Edition package will cost $15,000 and will be available this summer, along with the rest of the 2018 Corvette lineup.

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