Once again, Corvette Z06 customers will be able to assemble the supercharged LT4 V8 engine for their cars at the new Performance Build Center located inside the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. Known as the Corvette Engine Build Experience, this exclusive package is available for a few thousand dollars and is only offered for Corvette Z06 customers.
Priced at $5,000, the package includes a full day with a Performance Build Center engine assembly technician who oversees and instructs the build, as well as a personalized engine plaque identifying the owner/builder and the date of the engine build, but also a professional photography of the experience. The Corvette Engine Build Experience will be available starting March 2015.
Once the package is ordered, personnel from the National Corvette Museum will handle concierge services for the customer, as well as the scheduled built date and handling logistics on the day of the build. Still, the bad news is that the customer will pay the travel costs to Bowling Green and lodging.
When the supercharged LT4 V8 engine is completed, it will be moved to the vehicle assembly area of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, where it will be installed in the customer’s Z06 at a future date.
For those who don’t know, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe is priced from $78,996, while the Z06 Convertible model costs $83,995. Customers who want the Carbon Fiber Ground Effects package will have to pay $2,995 and will get a functional carbon front splitter, rocker panels and a larger rear spoiler.
Moreover, the Z07 Performance Package will be priced at $7,995 and adds carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors, adjustable front and rear aerodynamic components and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.
Each vehicle is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine that produces 650 hp (485 kW) of max motive power and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of peak torque. As standard, this mill is mated with a seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Match. However, customers may opt for the available 8L90 eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission.
This supercharged V8 mill allows the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to sprint from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.95 seconds when using the 8-speed automatic transmission, or in 3.2 seconds with the standard 7-speed manual gearbox. In addition, the supercar can also complete the quarter mile in 10.95 seconds with the 8-speed automatic and in 11.2 seconds with the seven-speed manual.
The new Corvette Z06 rejoins the Chevrolet’s 2015 model lineup as the most capable version in the supercar's 62-year history. The 2015 model marks the first time since 1963 that the Z06 is offered in coupe and convertible models. Interestingly, Chevrolet was only able to build a modern Z06 Convertible just recently, thanks to certain technological advancements.