2017 Corvette Z06 Will Feature New Supercharger Design for Better Cooling


2017 Corvette Z06 Will Feature New Supercharger Design for Better Cooling

We spent the last couple of days with the Corvette production team in Atlanta to drive the new 2017 Corvette Grand Sport. During the slide presentation, Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter touched on the latest updates for 2017 Corvettes and he revealed that the 2017 Corvette Z06 will be sporting a new supercharger design for better cooling of the engine.

Here is what Tadge had to say about the changes to the 2017 Corvette Z06:

“We’ve suspended production of the Z06 for a few months as we launch the Grand Sport, and we’re going to bring it back this fall with some upgrades. We’ve redesigned the top of the supercharger for better flow through the intercooler for better cooling on the track for days like this and we’re adding additional cooling content for the car.”

In addition to the new supercharger cover design, the 2017 Z06 may be getting a new hood with larger vents to increase airflow to the engine.

2017 Corvette Z06 Will Feature New Supercharger Design for Better Cooling

While Tadge says the Z06’s cooling issues effects less than 5% of owners, it’s part of the production team’s “continual improvement” to develop a solution for the Z06 moving forward.

Let’s not forget that in addition to those 5% of owners, early reviews and tests of the Corvette Z06 showed the overheating issue was a real problem which plagues the reputation of the car to this day.

As we’ve discussed previously, production of the 2017 Corvette Z06 will start back up sometime in early September.

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  1. What exactly is the overheating problem with the new ZO6 s and what is the difference in the 5% of cars that are having the problem also if you do not use your ZO6 on the track how would you know if you had a car that had the problem

  2. GM needs to address this problem for all current ZO6 owners and provide retrofit kits to provide additional cooling and relieve boost pressure on the LT1. Concerns over the life expectancy of the boosted LT1 was the reason I have not upgraded my current Z51 Stingray with aftermarket supercharging.

  3. If you look at the A&A supercharger or pro charger you will not have the same problem as the under hood temperature signature is mostly in the green at all times. The supercharger design varies the boost depending on engine speed. At idle and normal highway speeds, unlike, the factory system generates little boost or heat. I personally like the A&A drive system, but they are producing some for the pro charger. They also look like factory, are nice looking and quality is very good.Bruno

  4. Finally, there are other cooling changes teased, but we won’t find out what else the 2017 Corvette Z06 will get until we are closer to the dealership arrival of the new model year.

  5. I had to go after market at my own expense to be able to track the car. Despite widespread knowledge of the problem, Chevy offered no solution until this clear admission of default with a redesign.

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