Chevrolet claims to have a fix for future and past C7 Z06 Corvettes
If you throw your Chevrolet Corvette Z06 around on a racetrack, you might be one of the drivers who has experienced a little overheating on the 650-hp supercharged LT4 V8 (or, if you’re lucky, you’ve simply tripped the car into limp mode to save it from overheating). In a conversation with Motor1.com, Corvette’s chief executive engineer, Tadge Juechter, said the 2017 Z06 ‘Vettes will have a new hood for better cooling, a different supercharger cover and modifications to the actual cooling system — all working to help keep the Corvette cool.
While that’s great for future Z06 owners, it doesn’t fix current Z06 owners’ overheating woes. According to a note sent to Autoblog, it appears Chevy will make the new parts “relatively straightforward” replacement parts for owners of previous model years. The backward compatibility makes sense, considering there aren’t any major changes en route to the Corvette — except, of course, the rumored mid-mounted engine.
Apparently, people who don’t push their Z06 Corvettes to the limit shouldn’t be worried — as the problems only occur during very aggressive driving. Then again, if you have a Z06 and don’t push it to the limit, WTF?
Currently, Z06 ‘Vette production is stopped as workers tool up for the Corvette’s newest Grand Sport model. Pricing and more information about the returning Z06 will be available when the top-dog Corvette restarts production in the fall; we’ll have Grand Sport driving impressions coming soon too, so stay tuned.