With a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 cranking out 650 horsepower, it’s no surprise that the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 gets hot. In fact, some customers have found it gets way, way too hot.
As a result, Chevrolet will update the 2017 Z06 with improved cooling components to keep that LT4 engine running smoothly on track.
Tadge Juechter, Corvette executive chief engineer, says that a small number of customers reported heatsoak or overheating issues when running their Z06s hard on track. The exact number might have been less than five percent of all buyers, Juechter said, but those drivers complained loudly about the issues. As part of his engineering team’s emphasis on “continual improvement,” updates are coming this fall.
The 2017 Z06 will receive a new hood with improved cooling vents and some other changes “for additional cooling on the track.” Chevrolet says more precise details on the tweaks will come later this year.
Production of the Z06 is currently suspended so Chevrolet’s Bowling Green, Kentucky, factory can crank out the first batch of Corvette Grand Sports; the 2017 Z06 will enter production this fall.