Next month, the General will drop a sepecial edition 'Vette on our friends across the pond. The Corvette Victory Edition is a coupe-only 250-car limited run that celebrates Corvette's success in international sports car racing and at Le Mans in particular. Available in either Black or Velocity Yellow, the cars are dressed up with Competition Grey wheels and a full-width rear spoiler like the one found on the Ron Fellows Edition Z06.
Europeans will have to make do with the regular LS2 and its 400+ horsepower. Inside, the cars feature two-tone seating, contrast stitching, simulated carbon fiber trim, embroidered 'Vette flag logos and the obligatory numbered plaque. DVD nav comes standard, as does the opportunity to attend a 1-day driver training event.
And on top of all that, the Victory Edition is overflowing with one intangible feature that's not listed on the window sticker: street cred. Five wins at Le Mans will do that .
Press release after the jump.
[Source: GM Europe]
Victory Edition Corvette celebrates Le Mans success
Limited edition of 250 Corvette Coupes will arrive in Europe at the beginning of March
To celebrate the success of Corvette in sports car racing – and in particular the prestigious Le Mans 24-Hour event, a limited series of just 250 'Victory Edition' Corvette Coupes is being produced. Since Corvette Racing made its debut in 1999, the team has won over 50 races, including five class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans between 2001 and 2006.
The Victory Edition Corvette is based on the Corvette C6 Coupe which shares strong links with the Corvette C6.R race car and the high performance version Corvette Z06. The Victory Edition offers the LS2 6.0L V-8 engine producing 297kW (404 hp) and 546 Nm of torque, matched to a rear-mounted transaxle that helps improve vehicle weight distribution. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, with the option of an electronically controlled 6-speed Paddle Shift transmission with automatic modes.
The Victory Edition Corvette is available in two colours reflecting the Corvette racing heritage; Black or Velocity Yellow Tintcoat, distinguished by Competition Grey aluminium wheels, 18-inch front and 19-inch rear. A body-colour wide rear spoiler is a further distinguishing feature.
The interior features two-tone leather seats with Corvette flag emblems and contrasting stitching. Cars with the black exterior feature an ebony and red theme while ebony and titanium grey colours mark the interior of Velocity Yellow cars. Both interiors are further enhanced by Competition Grey door sill plates, a carbon-look interior trim package and a unique, numbered 'Victory Edition' badge.
The Victory Edition Corvette features a DVD Navigation System with touch screen and voice guidance, along with a Luxury Package. This includes heated seats, a memory package with presets for two drivers for the 6-way power driver's seat, exterior mirrors and powered telescopic steering wheel. A head-up display including G-force meter, auto-dimming inside rear view mirror and a premium Bose® 7-speaker sound system.
Every Corvette Victory Edition will get a numbered car identification interior badge. And, as part of their ownership experience, buyers are invited to participate in a 1 day free Corvette Drivers Training event with professional instructors at selected race tracks across Europe.
The Corvette Victory Edition will be available in Europe at the beginning of March 2007.