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2017 Corvette Z06 Will Reportedly Come With Enhanced Cooling Capabilities

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The 2017 version of the Corvette Z06 will reportedly come with improvements to its cooling system

Some gearheads have complained about overheating issues for the current Z06 when its pushed too hard at the track
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There are many great things one can say about the 2016 Corvette Z06. It can rocket from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds, it’s compatible with Apple CarPlay, and compared to other premium sports cars, it’s reasonably affordable with a starting MSRP of just $79,000, which is approximately $40,000 less than what Dodge is asking for the new Viper ACR.

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However, that’s not to say the ‘16 Corvette Z06 is absolutely perfect. Powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine rated at 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, the current Corvette Z06 can crank out some hellaciously fast lap times, but that’s preciously where the problem begins, as some seventh-generation Corvette owners have cried loudly of overheating issues when they push their Chevy sports cars to the limit on track day.

Corvette Executive Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter recently told automotive site Motor1 that less than 5% of Corvette owners have been the victim of these overheating issues, but Chevy has listened to those unhappy customers, and it’s decided to introduce a variety of modifications to the 2017 version of the Corvette. These updates will come in the form of an altered hood with enhanced cooling vents, as well as refreshed front air intakes that will send additional air towards the supercharged LS4 motor. With these changes, Chevy hopes to reduce the likelihood of overheating issues in future models.

The 2017 Corvette Z06 is scheduled to begin production later this year and the new special-edition Grand Sport will be the first 2017 Corvette model to become available.

Juechter said the 2017 Corvette will feature additional tweaks, but those precise details won’t be released to the public until later in the year.

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Gallery: 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

News Source: Motor1