It's not just concept vehicles that Chevy is showcasing at SEMA this year. The Bowtie brand is also taking the occasion of the tuner expo to reveal the new Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition. The special edition of the flagship performance model pays tribute to the racing model with a series of special touches and upgrades.

The C7.R edition is based on the Z06 in 3LZ trim, and comes equipped with the Z07 Performance Package, including Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. But that's not the end of the story. It also includes special graphics, yellow brake calipers, yellow-striped black wheels, a carbon ground effects package, carbon hood section, metallic gray grilles and vents, and a black leather interior with sueded microfiber trim, Competition Sports seats, and yellow stitching.

Buyers will be able to order theirs in black or yellow and in either coupe or convertible body-styles. Only 650 examples will be made, of which 500 will remain in the United States, and each of them is individually numbered starting with the VIN 700001. Of course, being based on the Z06 we already know, it packs a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine good for 650 horsepower and an equal measure of torque. With the Z06 pack, that translates to a 0-60 time of under 3 seconds for the automatic version and 3.2 for the manual.

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Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition Pays Tribute to Racing Legacy
Distinctive appearance package complements capability with special-edition style

LAS VEGAS – When the Z06 rejoined the Corvette lineup in 2015 as the most capable model in the car's long, storied history, it also joined an elite fraternity of the world's most capable supercars – with performance proven on the track, including winning Car and Driver's 2015 Lightning Lap evaluation.

The Corvette Z06's capability is derived in no small part from technology and experience leveraged from the championship Corvette Racing program. That connection is celebrated with the 2016 C7.R Edition.

It's offered in Corvette Racing's signature yellow livery – or black – with coordinated exterior and interior accents. Only 650 will be built (500 for the U.S. market), all with the Z07 Performance Package with carbon ceramic brakes, and a specially serialized vehicle identification number.

The content and unique features include:
- Offered on coupe and convertible models with 3LZ trim
- C7.R Edition graphics package
- Z07 Performance Package with Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and Michelin PS Cup 2 tires
- Yellow brake calipers
- Black wheels with yellow accent stripe and Corvette Racing-logo center caps
- Visible carbon fiber ground effects package
- New visible carbon fiber hood section
- Grilles and vents finished in Spectra Gray Metallic
- Jet Black leather interior with sueded microfiber accents on the instrument panel and doors
- Sueded microfiber-trimmed Competition Sport Seats, steering wheel and shifter
- Yellow contrast stitching throughout the interior
- Carbon fiber interior trim package (high-gloss)
- Corvette Racing sill plates
- Numbered C7.R Edition interior plaque showing the build number, starting with VIN 700001
- Special indoor car cover with C7.R graphics.

2016 Corvette Z06 details
The Corvette Z06's capability is rooted in its LT4 supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine, which is SAE-certified at 650 horsepower (485 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque (881 Nm) at 3,600 rpm – making it the most powerful production car ever from General Motors and one of the most powerful production cars available in the United States.

With the available Z07 package, its capability enables:
- 0-60 mph acceleration in 2.95 seconds with the eight-speed automatic and 3.2 seconds with the seven-speed manual transmission
- Quarter-mile times of 10.95 seconds at 127 mph with the eight-speed and 11.2 seconds at 127 mph with the seven-speed transmission a
- Lateral acceleration of 1.2 g
- 60-0 mph braking in only 99.6 feet – the best of any production car tested by General Motors.

The Z07 package adds adjustable front and rear aero components for true aerodynamic downforce, Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires for enhanced grip, and Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors that improve braking performance and contribute to greater handling through reduced un-sprung weight.

Along with the new C7.R Edition, the 2016 Corvette Z06 is offered with three all-new color-themed design packages: Twilight Blue, Spice Red and Jet Black Suede. Each offers custom-tailored appearances that elevate the Z06's presence on the street or track, while features such as an available front parking camera and power-cinching latch for the coupe's hatchback or convertible's trunk enhance convenience – and add an extra measure of protection.

New smartphone projection technology displays content from Apple iPhone 5 or later models on the multicolor MyLink screen through the Apple CarPlay feature. Android Auto capability will be available later in the year. Additional updates and enhancements for the 2016 Corvette Z06 includes:
- Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat and Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat exterior colors
- New Carbon Fiber Hood option features a visible weave section
- New "Blade" accessory wheel
- Available two-tone GT seats – red or gray – offered in leather or sueded microfiber
- New red or yellow accent stitching option offered on 3LZ Jet Black interior
- 3LZ trim offers Brownstone interior color and adds color breakup design
- New chrome engine start/stop button
- New Performance Data Recorder icon on the MyLink screen (if equipped).

The Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition will be shown with more than 20 Chevrolet concepts and production vehicles this week at the SEMA Show, in Las Vegas. Also on display is the new LT4 crate engine packages that allow the power of the Corvette Z06 to be used by hot rod builders in their vintage cars and trucks.

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