2018 Carbon 65 Edition Corvette
On the eve of Corvette’s sixty-fifth anniversary, rumors had begun circulating around the globe that Chevrolet was hard at work on an eighth-generation model Corvette and that this latest iteration of “America’s Sports Car” would be a mid-engine model. While nobody at that time knew for certain if the rumors were true or when a next-generation model would arrive, the announcement that Chevrolet had elected to introduce a special edition Corvette to commemorate the brand’s 65th anniversary left many wondering not only IF the rumors were true, but WHEN the new Corvette would be officially unveiled. The reasoning was pretty sound and straightforward. Chevrolet had not introduced a mid-decade anniversary car since the 1988 model year, but they had created at least a single anniversary car for every generation of Corvette since the C3. Given the relatively short lifespan of the seventh-generation model (which ultimately came to an end just one year after the 2018 Carbon 65 model was introduced), it seemed likely to consumers and enthusiasts alike that Chevrolet was launching another anniversary edition Corvette to ensure the C7 was included in the generations-long tradition.
Regardless the reason, the 2018 Carbon 65 Edition Corvette was a spectacular add to the C7 lineup. The car featured a number of visible exterior carbon-fiber elements with a new Ceramic Matrix Gray exterior paint color. The exposed carbon fiber bits included a new carbon-fiber spoiler, front splitter, visible carbon fiber on the hood and roof, and carbon fiber ground effects. On convertible models, the Matrix Gray exterior was paired with a blue soft top with an exposed carbon fiber tonneau cover. Each of the Carbon 65 Edition Corvettes also received unique fendering striping (akin to the hash marks found on the Grand Sport models, but in narrow blue outline with “Carbon 65” badging incorporated into each), unique “Carbon 65” door graphics, special black wheels with custom center camps and unique, machined grooving wrapped in special, summer-only tires. Each wheel was also fitted with custom blue brake calipers. Accenting the car’s exterior were special carbon flash badges, carbon flash-wrapped mirrors, and “Carbon 65” Edition sill plates. The car’s interior received carbon-fiber accents throughout the cabin, including on the steering wheel trim. It came wrapped in Jet Black suede trim and fitted with Competition seats that included black suede inserts and blue stitching.
The price of a 2018 Carbon 65 Corvette hardtop started at $81,490 and climbed to $99,490 for the Z06 Convertible. This pricing excluded any shipping, taxes, or destination charges.