You can’t buy this C7 Corvette
When there’s a beginning, there’s also be an end, and that also applies to the front-engined Corvette. Its era has finally drawn to a close after 66 years in production. When we look back, the first ever ‘Vette of this kind was launched in 1953, it was the original C1 car.
Now that the last front-engined unit has come out of the production line, this model is officially over. Chevrolet has posted a photo on Twitter showing the last black-painted C7 Corvette at its Bowling Green Assembly Plant.
Dreaming of owning this car? You better wake up, because your dream won’t come true. This thing is not cheap at all, it costs a staggering $2.7 million instead of ‘just’ $80,900 like it originally was. Let’s say you have that much of money, you still can’t buy it as the car has actually been sold recently at a Barrett-Jackson charity auction. The price itself has set a new record for a carmaker-donated vehicle. The whole proceeds from the sale will go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
Motivating the C7 Corvette Z06 is a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine putting out 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. The machine can sprint from zero to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 195 mph. The last example comes with a seven-speed manual transmission, although the Z06 could also be configured with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Chevy has launched the C7 Corvette’s successor – the C8 Corvette, which features a new mid-engine layout. The model will start production early next year following a delay. For now, the base Stingray is the only model available for order. It’s powered by a 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated V8 making 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque.
A new and more potent Z06 will eventually arrive too, which is said to pack a Blackwing-based twin-turbo V8 engine. The output is rumored to be over 800 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque. The delivery of this model will commence next year.