As the 2018 model year approaches, the Chevrolet Corvette is about to reach another important milestone – its 65th anniversary!
The Corvette, which for the past six-plus decades has been recognized as the nation’s most popular sports car, made its debut in Flint, Michigan on June 30, 1953. To commemorate the car’s 65th anniversary milestone, Chevrolet is introducing the Corvette Carbon 65 Edition as an available option on the 2018 Grand Sport 3LT and Z06 3LZ models.
“Corvette is one of the most storied names in Chevrolet and sports-car history, with a heritage few can match,” Paul Edwards, U.S. Vice President for Chevrolet Marketing, said in a statement. “The new Carbon 65 Edition honors that legacy, while offering customers another unique, special-edition model that personalizes the ownership experience.”
The Corvette Carbon 65 Edition will be limited to a total of just 650 numbered vehicles globally. The car will feature a new exterior color – Ceramic Matrix Gray – and will also include unique fender stripes and door graphics as well as Carbon Flash badging. It will feature a visible carbon-fiber rear spoiler and quarter ducts, visible carbon-fiber ground effects, and a carbon-fiber hood. Convertible models will also receive carbon-fiber tonneau inserts and will be appointed with a blue top.
To further accentuate the exterior of the car, the Corvette Carbon 65 will receive machine grooved, black wheels (Cup-style wheels for the Grand Sport and Blade-style wheels for the Z06) paired with summer only tires, and will also feature blue brake calipers. The center caps will showcase the “Carbon 65” logo.
The interior of the Corvette Carbon 65 will also receive carbon-fiber accents throughout the cabin, including on the steering wheel rim. The interior will be wrapped in Jet Black suede with gloss carbon-fiber interior trim. The Competition Sport seats will also be finished in black suede with blue stitching. The sill plates will feature the “Carbon 65” logo.
The Carbon 65 Edition package (which can be ordered with RPO Z30) goes on sale this summer, and will cost additional $15,000 over the price of a standard Grand Sport 3LT or Z06 3lZ model.
The rest of the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette lineup is also scheduled for release this summer and will include a number of small updates for the new model year. These updates include an improved rearview camera with higher resolution and wider angle, a Ceramic Matrix Gray paint color (available on models/trims) that replaces Sterling Blue, new interior stitching packages, an available Spice Red convertible top and interior, and standard HD digital radio.
The 2018 Carbon 65 Corvette is scheduled to make its public debut at the National Corvette Museum’s “2017 NCM Bash” which runs from April 27-29, 2017 at the Corvette Museum located in Bowling Green, Kentucky.