Corvette Z06 owners are suing Chevy over track performance issues

June 14, 2017

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The latest-generation Corvette Z06 is supposed to be a track-capable sports car right off the showroom floor. While it was developed alongside the C7.R racer, the Z06 reportedly has an Achilles heel — its cooling system. Owners have complained in the past that the supercharged Z06 will overheat when pushed to its limits on the track.

Chevy announced a fix for 2017 models, which is apparently backward compatible to the rest of the C7 Z06 Corvettes. However, according to this new lawsuit, even that Band-Aid doesn’t stop the overheating issues on current models with automatic transmissions.

The class action suit was filed June 13th in the District Court for the Southern District of Florida and seeks a solution to overheating Z06 ‘Vettes from General Motors — in this case, it looks like the solution owners are seeking is money. Of course, that money can go toward fixing the car’s overheating issues.

“We believe we’ve found GM to be guilty of a classic bait and switch — one that cost thousands of consumers dearly, up to $120,000, and broke state consumer protection laws,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman. “GM enticed race enthusiasts with bells and whistles, promising a car that could maintain safe speeds and power when tracked, but we believe what it sold them was far from what it promised.”

Chevy’s Corvette Z06 isn’t the only track toy facing overheating issues — Ford is also facing a lawsuit dealing with overheating gearboxes in the Shelby GT350. The same law firm is handling both cases, so take everything with a grain of salt.

We’ve reached out to GM for comment and will update when we get a response.

Wesley Wren

Wesley Wren – Wesley is an Associate Editor at Autoweek. He loves cutting up old cars, listening to weird music, and going fast.

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