We Corvette enthusiasts are passionate about our cars.
That leads some of us to pay extra to pick up our new Corvette at the National Corvette Museum, and still others of us to open our wallets even wider and pay to actually see our very own new Corvette being put together at the assembly plant in Bowling Green.
Now some owners will be able to take it to the next level and actually build the engine that will reside under the hood of their 2015 Z06!
Just try to do that with your new Ferrari or Porsche.
Chevrolet announced last week that the exclusive Engine Build Experience for Corvette Z06 customers will resume in March – the only program of its kind for supercar customers.
At $5,000, it’s not cheap, but when you’re ordering the Z06 of your dreams at a cost of around $100 grand, what’s another $5K?
The unique program allows owners to help assemble their 650hp supercharged LT4 engine at the new Performance Build Center inside the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, the same powerplant that will eventually make its way into their own car.
“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.”
All Z06 trim levels are eligible to check order code PBC to experience a Corvette enthusiast’s dream of a lifetime.
In case you’re worried about your technical skills, especially with such an exotic motor, you’ll spend the entire day with an engine assembly technician who will show you the way and closely oversee the build. Participants also get a personalized engine plaque identifying the owner/builder and the date of the engine build, along with professional photography of the experience.
Once the order has been placed with Chevrolet, the National Corvette Museum will be in charge of concierge services for the customer, following up on the scheduled build date and handling logistics on the day of the build. The customer has to pay travel costs to Bowling Green and lodging.
After the engine has been built, it moves to the vehicle assembly area of the plant, where it will be installed with the scheduled assembly of the owner’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.”
Most Engine Build customers will no doubt opt for the additional assembly line tour and Museum Delivery.
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