Chevy To Stop The Corvette Z06 From Overheating With 2017 MY Updates
GM to fix cooling issues following customer complaintsby Ciprian Florea, on
With 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the Corvette Z06 is arguably the hottest Chevrolet you can buy nowadays. In fact, some customers have complained about its engine getting way too hot while being pushed to the limit on the track. General Motors is looking to solve this issue with an update for the 2017 model year.
According to Motor1, Chevrolet will update the high-performance coupe with components that will improve engine cooling. The decision comes after some customers reported overheating problems when running their cars at the track. Tadge Juechter, the Executive Chief Engineer of the Corvette, says that Chevy received complaints from less than five percent of all Z06 owners, but that’s a significant proportion of drivers who take their sports cars to the race track on a regular basis.
Juechter confirmed that the Corvette Z06 will receive a new engine hood with revised cooling vents and other updated components for improved cooling, but declined to elaborate further. More details will most likely be revealed later this year, when the 2017 Corvette Z06 goes into production.
This will happen later this fall, as production of the Z06 is currently suspended so Chevrolet can build the first batch of new Corvette Grand Sport models.
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Why it matters
The last two years have been disastrous for General Motors in terms of recalls, with millions of vehicles from all of its brands affected by numerous issues. This led to GM paying more attention to even the smallest problems in its lineup, which is exactly how things should’ve worked in the first place. Although the Z06’s cooling issue doesn’t need a massive recall, it’s a problem that needs to be solved quickly as an overheating engine in a car designed to be flogged isn’t exactly good news. Fortunately, Chevy is doing just that updating the Z06 with the necessary components that will keep the supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 engine running smooth. Hopefully, GM will also take care of the faulty Z06s that are already in customer hands.
Read our full review on the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 here.