If you were disappointed by the news that Chevy was not planning a new ZR1 version for the C7 Corvette, well, you shouldn't be. Because the new Z06 effectively takes the place of the previous ZR1, and we want some track time with the new King of Corvettes in the worst way. But if it's track time you're after, the Bowtie brand may have another trick up its sleeve.

At the SEMA show back in 2010, Chevy brought out a track-tuned version of the C6 called the Z06X. The concept (pictured in the gallery below) was put together by the Corvette's racing partner Pratt & Miller and packed the Z07 and carbon-fiber packages as well as competition-spec alloys fitted to an adjustable suspension, the C6.R's rear wing, a full roll cage and weight-saving plastic windows.

The concept, of course, never made it to production – at least not on the previous Vette – but it could get transferred to the new one, particularly since the new Z06, impressive as it is, seems to have grown just a touch softer with features like a removable roof panel and optional automatic transmission.

The Z06X could pose an effective challenger to the the likes of the SRT Viper TA and Porsche 911 GT3 RS (whenever the new one comes around) and bridge the gap between the road-ready Z06 and C7.R unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show this week and pictured together above. It would also, as our compatriots at Car and Driver point out, be a good stablemate to the Camaro Z/28. It would also surely cost even more than the Z/28's sticker price of $75,000, but then it would likely clock even faster lap times than anything General Motors has ever offered.


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      Cory Stansbury
      • 11 Months Ago
      Sounds more like an ACR-X competitor than TA...
        Nick B
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Cory Stansbury
        Was gonna say the same thing. The "regular" Z06 should handily dispatch the Viper TA.
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Nick B
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      Allaround
      • 11 Months Ago
      Now we're talkin'!!
      Patrick Corcoran
      • 11 Months Ago
      AWESOME! Please just add a real, naturally aspirated fire breathing 7.0.
      carguy1701
      • 11 Months Ago
      The race-ready Mustangs have sold well, so I don't see why a race-ready Corvette wouldn't. "The Z06X could pose an effective challenger to the the likes of the SRT Viper TA and Porsche 911 GT3 RS (whenever the new one comes around) and bridge the gap between the road-ready Z06 and C7.R unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show this week and pictured together above." The Viper TA and the GT3 RS are street legal. I'm assuming the Z06X would not be.
        LLL
        • 11 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        yes but this car will smoke the ACR-X AND the GT3 RSR.. forget those other models...
          • 11 Months Ago
          @LLL
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          @LLL
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          carguy1701
          • 11 Months Ago
          @LLL
          ACR-X is what, 3-4 years old now? Pretty sure a Z06 with the Z07 package will run with it.
      BlackandMild
      • 11 Months Ago
      I personally don't care what Chevy does until they address that rear end, likewise I don't think Chevy cares about my measly 70 grand that I had planned to spend on a new C7, that is until I saw it in person- For those that like or love the rear end.....to each their own, for I'm the one that has to like to look at what I've paid my money for-
        audisp0rta4
        • 11 Months Ago
        @BlackandMild
        You're right. Chevy doesn't care. They know they can't please everyone and you're just collateral damage in this case. Besides, C7s are flying off dealer lots as fast as they can be unloaded, so I'd say you're in the minority when it comes to people who can vote with their pocketbook.
          BlackandMild
          • 11 Months Ago
          @audisp0rta4
          And i'm ok with being in the minority in this case...............
      Man of men!
      • 11 Months Ago
      The Corvette Z06X will be my daily driver on the highways! Watch out world...... 150mph and more! Cannot wait to get it and zoom in and out of traffic even faster then my M3!
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Man of men!
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      LLL
      • 11 Months Ago
      Viper TA? im fan of Viper but Ralf GIlles had to Build the TA cause the new Viper couldn't catch a 2009 zr1 around Laguna Seca... and even the "Time Attack" Viper only eeked out a win after multiple laps and tweeks.. This standard z06 should obliterate the TA without the X version.
        • 11 Months Ago
        @LLL
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      davebo357
      • 11 Months Ago
      I think this is a great idea. It makes sense that the people who own the Corvette with the best bragging rights for performance numbers ought to be the ones who actually race them.
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