2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Gets Host Of Cooling Improvements

The 2017 Corvette Z06 is set to adopt a number of improved cooling elements to ensure it doesn’t suffer from heatstroke like the current car.

Not long after customers began taking delivery of the C7-generation Z06, reports about the car overheating and suffering from heatsoak came thick and fast. Corvette executive chief engineer Tadge Juechter says that probably less than 5 per cent of owners experienced the issue but has still made the decision to implement cooling improvements for the 2017 model year to keep owners satisfied.

The new elements consist of a redesigned hood with improved cooling vents and some other tweaks at the front-end to better feed the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with fresh, cool air. Incremental increases in power are also a possibility, potentially creeping closer to the 700 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque mark.

Full details about the changes will be announced when production of the updated Z06 commences in the next months.


  • john1168

    I love the Z06! I even had the opportunity to race one around a track for 5 laps. It was awesome! But it’s about freakin’ time Chevy addressed this.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    This, and many other issues, is a perfect example of GM not able to hang with the Big Boys. This problem should have NEVER made it to owners. It should have been seen during testing, and likely was, and fixed before production even started. It’s not like it was a new problem that can affect an automobile. It’s an age old problem that all other manufacturers know how to engineer/design out. Face it, they are wannabes. Rednecks trying to fit into a Robin Leach world.

    • Enter Ranting

      You mean like how Lamborghini designed-out the ability for their cars catch fire and burn to the ground while revving the engine? It’s a problem that affected 5% of the Corvette drivers. It’s a complicated new design, and the problem was fixed. Is that not enough for you?

      Also, your idea of high class is Robin Leach?

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        5% of how many? The Lambo fires happened very few times. And is it enough for me, I could care less about this rattle-trap. But the 5% affected my have more to say. I would demand my money back and go to a real sports car company.

        And Robin Leach is not high class(nor did I elude he was), but Champagne Dreams and Caviar Wishes is what GM is trying to replicate. Good luck with that Giant Mess(GM).

        • Enter Ranting

          No, Patrick, you “couldn’t” care less. If you “could” care less, you would care about this “rattle-trap.” English. It’s for communicating!

          I guess I’d rather have my car overheat and not go up in smoke, but that’s just me…

          • Auf Wiedersehen

            Nein, ich konnte weniger kümmern uns um diese Box von Schrauben. Ich konnte viel weniger interessieren. :p)

            Ach ja, Deutsch ist auch für die Kommunikation.

          • Enter Ranting

            You sound angry, but maybe that’s just the German.

          • BGM

            Ich bin ein Berliner!

          • john1168

            What’s that about donuts??? ….a little JFK humor there:)

        • Jim Bob

          *allude, not elude

          • Auf Wiedersehen

            Thanks JB. Autocorrect keeping the spelling junkies in business.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Like maybe Porsche who had to take back all of the GT3s because they burst into flames? Or do you mean like Ferrari who saw more than a couple 458s barbecue themselves? Are those the “big boys” to which you refer? And for a bunch of rednecks, Team Corvette did all right hanging with the “big boys” at LeMans.

      • The Bombki

        And a Z06 would drag them on the track

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        Yep those big boys. Don’t take my criticism wrong, I really want to like the Vette, I do, but they just aren’t on the same level as the “big boys” you mention. Maybe with the C8 if they go mid engine and notch up the interior and build quality without reaching the galaxy on price, they may have something.

        And I give Ford more credit than GM at LeMans. Ford has worked their ASS off to get where they are.

        • Shobin Drogan

          You can overlook all the European cars that have caught fire but make this overheating problem such a big deal? And the talk about interior and build quality, this isn’t 2005, the new c7 has alcantara and leather evrrywhere, and corvettes are build to last the abuse on tracks, why the hell do you think so many people still own c5s and c6 to this day. You obviously just hate GM so nothing you say is relevant.

          • Auf Wiedersehen

            I really want to love the new Vette, I really do. But I loathe GM. So yes, I’m pretty biased. I toured the factory in 2003 in Bowling Green and I had to have one. I ended up with a 2003 Boxster and the rest is history. It’s not about HP you can’t use to me but solid quality build, materials and fun to drive. The fact that GM had to be bailed out didn’t help, I totally lost respect for them. Then afterwards, not a damn thing changed. It will have to be amazing to win me back. I guess I should go look at one and see if it changes my opinion.

  • Ali

    American Junk at its best.

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