Despite the looks, the main highlight of the new Corvette Z06 lies in what’s behind the seats. In particular, GM’s new 5.5-liter LT6 flat-plane crankshaft DOHC all-aluminum V8 engine.
Buyers of the Chevy Corvette Z06 will have a very personal touch on this part of the sports car. In an announcement during the 28th anniversary celebrations at the National Corvette Museum, Corvette Assembly Plant Director Kai Spande announced that customers will be able to build their own machines. The offering will start in Q2 2023 and will be offered exclusively for LT6 engines.
Build Your Own Engine (BYOE) service wwill be conducted at the Performance Build Center inside the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Those who will avail the service of assembling their own machine under the supervision of the master machine maker.
According to Spande, customers will be stationed at the station and all engine parts will be brought near. This is unlike the previous process where customers would line up with other builders to get parts using carts and transfer from station to station.
Once the engine is fully assembled, it will switch to a mandatory dyno run then back to the factory where it will be installed on the buyer’s Z06.
BYOE was previously offered to previous customers for a price tag of around $5,000. If you’re interested, expect a much higher price.
However, if you’re expecting it to happen soon, you’re out of luck as Chevy has closed the order book for the 2022 model year. You can still order for the Z06 but it’s for the 2023 model year, which means your build date will be much longer.