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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Why it matters

Chevrolet Announces Engine Build Experience Program For Corvette Z06
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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.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Exterior AutoShow
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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.

Press Release

Chevrolet announced today it is resuming the exclusive Engine Build Experience for Corvette Z06 customers – the only program of its kind for supercar customers.

Starting in March 2015, Corvette Z06 customers will be able to assemble the 650-hp supercharged LT4 engine for their cars at the new Performance Build Center inside the Bowling Green Assembly Plant.

“Chevrolet recognizes the passion customers have for Corvette and the Engine Build Experience offers them a truly unique opportunity for hands-on involvement in the creation of the heart of their new car,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product manager. “It’s a chance to bond with their new car.”

The Engine Build Experience is selected with order code PBC and is offered on all Z06 trim levels. The $5,000 package includes a full day with a Performance Build Center engine assembly technician who instructs and oversees the build, a personalized engine plaque identifying the owner/builder and the date of the engine build, and professional photography of the experience.

After the order is submitted, personnel from the National Corvette Museum will handle concierge services for the customer, following up on the scheduled build date and handling logistics on the day of the build. The customer is responsible for travel costs to Bowling Green and lodging.

Upon completion, the engine moves to the vehicle assembly area of the plant, where it will be installed with the scheduled assembly of the customer’s Z06.

“It’s important for customers to understand their engine won’t be installed the day after they built it,” said Charles. “It will flow into the scheduling process for vehicle assembly, which depends on a number of logistical variables.”

Customers can catch their Corvette being assembled through a special tour organized by the National Corvette Museum. They can also opt for Museum Delivery (order code R8C), which personalizes the buying experience with delivery at the National Corvette Museum, located across the road from the Bowling Green Assembly Plant.

The assembly line tour and Museum Delivery are available for Corvette Stingray and Z06 customers.

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