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We knew that the 650 horsepower Corvette Z06 would be a hot sale and that demand would be high during the initial stages of the new super car’s rollout, but the numbers we are hearing about those interested in buying a Z06 are just incredible.
Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter took a Corvette Z06 Coupe and Convertible to Autobahn Country Club for the Midwest Automotive Media Association’s Fall Rally this week and during a question and answer session he confirmed that over 5,000 pre-orders for the Corvette Z06 have already been received.
This reminds us of the pent-up demand the public had for the Corvette Stingray once production started last September and if you remember, there were articles saying that the waiting list for a Z51 car could be anywhere from six months to a year. Luckily, the factory was able to meet that demand and so we’ll see how the Z06 fits into the already busy production schedule at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant.
Tadge also confirmed that the first run of Z06s would all be 7-speed manual Coupes with the Convertibles and 8-Speed Automatic cars becoming available about a month or so after production starts. Finally, for those whose orders were accepted during the first ordering period, they might see their Z06’s arrive as early as December.
For a historical refresher, we looked back at the beginnings of C6 production to see how Chevrolet handled rolling out the Z06 during the second year of C6 Production. In its inaugural year of 2005, Chevrolet sold 37,372 Corvette coupes and convertibles. Very similar output to the C7 Stingray’s 2014 production of 37,288. In 2006, Chevrolet produced a total of 34,021 Corvettes whith the new Z06 accounting for 6,272 of those built.
So it’s entirely feasible that we could see similar production totals for the C7 Corvette Z06 if demand continues to be strong.
And with this week’s release of performance stats showing the Corvette Z06 with an 8-speed auto is capable of 0-60 mph in 2.95 seconds and the quarter mile at 10.95 seconds at 127 mph, we think Chevrolet will have no problem reaching those production numbers for the new “Big Nasty”.
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