GM stated that Chevrolet will “in fact accept new dealer orders for the Corvette Z06″ this month. “It is unclear at this time how many orders GM will accept for 2023, nor is it known how many units of the sports car will be produced.”
The Chevrolet Corvette has been General Motors’ top performance car for decades. The current Vette takes that moniker to the extreme, with an exotic-like mid-engine design.
Starting at $65,895 (plus $1,395 for delivery), it offers Ferrari-like looks and handling balance at a surprisingly low price.
Z06 is something completely different.
A step up from the standard Stingray, it adds race-specific gear like a flat-panel 5.5-liter V8 with 8,600-rpm redline, optional carbon-ceramic brakes, and removable plates that let drivers increase downforce for track days.
The Z06 nominally starts at $105,000 (plus the same delivery fee). But Chevrolet can build a limited number of them, and the scarcity drives up prices.
Commands stopped, re-launched
In September, Chevy discontinued orders for the Z06. At the time, the company said it may only be able to build 10% of the cars customers have ordered. The lack of spare parts limit the number.
The company was so concerned about buying fins for cars and reselling them for astronomical prices that it enacted rules to try to slow volatility, including the threat that reselling Veettes would lose their warranties.
Now, GM’s authority reports, the general has unexpected reopening orders.
General Motors will not accept them on a first-come, first-served basis. Instead, GM Authority says, “Dealers who sold the most Corvette Stingray 3LT units will get priority” for the new Z06 customization. So your best bet is to find an agency that has handled a lot of cruisers and try to work through them to stand in line.