Corvette Chief Engineer: Corvette Z06s Accounting for 40 Percent of All Corvette Orders


Corvette Chief Engineer: Corvette Z06s Accounting for 40 Percent of All Corvette Orders

Last week during an appearance on Autoline After Hours, Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter brought a base Corvette Z06 Convertible into the studio to share while the show was taped. We already talked about Juechter’s denial of a Mid-engine Corvette Zora ZR1 that may or may not be in the works, but the majority of the conversation was centered on the new 2015 Z06.

During the talk, Tadge told the host John McElroy and guests that the Corvette Z06 is currently tracking at 40% of all Corvette orders.

Tadge was talking about the evolution of the Z06 – how it started in 1963 with Zora moving racing parts out the back door to those who knew to check off the Z06 RPO – and how it was brought back initially as a budget Corvette in the C5 generation before evolving back into a high performance track-ready sports car we know today. “Now it’s part of the Corvette lore…people just expect it” said Tadge.

When asked about if the car was currently for sale, Tadge replied, “Yes, we’ve been selling at kind of a great rate. We started last fall with the manual transmission cars, we just started a few weeks ago actually, shipping automatic transmission cars. And right now, 40 percent of our orders are Z06s.”

Corvette Chief Engineer: Corvette Z06s Accounting for 40 Percent of All Corvette Orders

That news is pretty amazing considering the Corvette Z06 starts just under $80,000 and can quickly go past $100,000 if the right boxes are checked.

As far as sales go for the Z06 Coupe vs Z06 Convertible, Tadge said it running about 80-20%.

Tadge also stated that its still too early to breakdown the manual transmission take rate vs the new 8-speed automatic transmission but he believes it will eventually be around the traditional take rate of 60% to 70% of automatics vs manual transmission cars.

To date, over 4,400 Corvette Z06s have been built and delivered since production began late last year.

We checked with National Corvette Seller Mike Furman at Criswell Chevrolet in Maryland and he tells us that sales of the Corvette Z06 are very hot right now. “I’ve delivered over 90 so far and we just got another shipment from the plant” says Mike.

We’ll have more stats to break down once we get closer to the NCM Bash in late April. In the meantime, if you haven’t watched our Chief Engineer on Autoline After Hours, you can see it below. The comments about the Z06 accounting for 40% of Corvette orders comes right around the 14:41 mark:


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