Chevrolet Announces Engine Build Experience Program For Corvette Z06
Certain car companies have begun to re-emphasize the level of quality and craftsmanship that can be offered in cars when you have employees that specialize. Many companies like Nissan, with the GT-R, use specialized manufacturing for engine construction. The result is a special engine that bears the name of its creator emblazoned under the hood. Chevrolet took this one step further a few years ago when they offered their “Engine Build Experience” for buyers of the Corvette ZR1. This allowed buyers to have a hand in crafting their specific car, and it was a big hit for the American company. The ZR1 may be dead, but the Engine Build Experience will live on thanks to the new Z06.
Starting this March, buyers who want a shiny new Z06 to park in their drive, can tick the option box labeled PBC to build their engine themselves. PBC is short for Performance Build Center, and the option tacks $5,000 onto the sticker. That may seem like a stiff bill to save GM some money on labor costs, but in actuality there will be a normal engine assembly technician with you every step of the way to supervise and make sure nothing goes wrong. You will also get a personalized engine plaque with your signature mounted to the engine as well as professional photography of the whole ordeal.
For that extra bit of awesome, GM is quick to remind buyers that they can also choose the R8C option for museum delivery. This will give them a VIP tour of the plant and allow them to drive their new Corvette home from the National Corvette Museum, located across the street from the factory.
If you want a new Z06, and you want your car to have that little extra personal touch, then this seems like the best way.
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Why it matters
For a lot of buyers, a Corvette Z06 is an aspirational purchase. It is the kind of car that they spend years dreaming about. Once they finally have the means to park one in the garage, it is a special and momentous occasion. Options like the R8C museum delivery and Engine Build Experience offer a way for new buyers to really enhance their experience with buying a car and making it theirs. For as long as that car is around, it will have their name stamped under the hood on that supercharged V-8. When you finally get your dream car, there is no reason you can’t make that dream a little more special.
The new Corvette Z06 is the latest in a long line of high-performance Corvettes that push the envelope on the street and the track. This latest iteration is the first Z06 to ever use forced induction and it hits the showroom powered by the new LT4 engine. This engine is a 6.2-liter V-8 with a supercharger bolted to the top and it produces a monumental 650 horsepower. Twist comes in at an equaling 650 pound-feet. That makes the new Z06 the most powerful car that GM has ever sold from the factory. With a 0-to-60 mph sprint of just 2.9 seconds, it is also the quickest car General Motors has ever produced.