The Corvette Z06’s V8 engine failed on the way home from the dealership just after delivery
17 hours ago
by Andrew Gutman
Part of what makes the C8 Corvette Z06 so special is its engine. Its naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8 engine produces 670 horsepower (679 PS / 500 kW) and 460 lb-ft (624 Nm) of torque, but it looks like there might really be issues with the unique engine.
A Z06 owner by the name of Marco Garcia reported that his engine failed because he was on his way home from a Chevrolet dealership, and he made a video explaining his less-than-ideal experience. In the video, he explains that the problem arose when he was picking up the car and drove home on the way home.
Garcia drove his C8 Stingray to the dealership to get a new Z06, and since he didn’t have anyone else with him, the seller offered to take the Stingray back to Garcia’s build yard while Garcia himself took his new Z06. Then, Garcia would drive the seller to the dealership in a Z06 to drop him off. It was on the initial drive to the builder’s yard that a clanking sound started coming from the engine, and continued even during the drive as the seller returned to the dealership. On García’s final ride from the dealership to his home, the car loses all power, forcing him to pull over on the side of the highway.
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As if that wasn’t bad enough, OnStar wanted him to pay for the tow to the dealership even though the car was brand new, and the dealer wouldn’t let him drop the car off since it was sealed, so he had to tow it to his builder’s yard, Then back to the agency the next day. When they dropped it off at the construction yard, they tried starting the car again to see the problem from the outside, and immediately, a sizzling noise started and the car started billowing smoke from the four-end exhaust.
According to the odometer, the Z06 only did 52 miles (84 km) before its engine failed, which is barely one-tenth of its 500-mile (805 km) break-in. For those wondering if it was abused before it completely broke, we won’t completely rule it out, but it’s worth noting that the car automatically limits the engine’s redline during the break-in to try to prevent exactly that from happening. This limitation can be seen on the car’s dashboard in the video, where the redline starts at 6,500 rpm instead of the full 8,600 rpm.
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Garcia also states in the video that he paid over $180,000 for the car, which is over $50,000 over the sticker and about $75,000 over the Z06’s base MSRP. We couldn’t imagine shelling out all that money to buy a Z06 only to have the engine fail the same day it was delivered. Regardless, it begs the question whether this was an isolated incident or if it was indicative of future problems to come with this engine. If this is the latter, it would be in the GM’s interest to take note of the problem and begin working on a possible solution.
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