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Corvette Engine Build Experience Returning in March

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Assembly technician Steve Stinson builds a Z06 engine at the Performance Build Center in the Bowling Green Assembly Plant

Assembly technician, Steve Stinson, builds a Z06 engine at the Performance Build Center in the Bowling Green Assembly Plant

Chevrolet has announced that it will be bringing back its exclusive Corvette Engine Build Experience for Z06 buyers, which the American automaker touts as “the only program of its kind for supercar customers.”

Beginning in March of this year, Vette customers can assemble their car’s very own 650-horsepower supercharged LT4 engine at the Performance Build Center inside the new assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

“Chevrolet recognizes the passion customers have for Corvette and the Engine Build Experience offers them a truly unique opportunity for hands-on involvement in the creation of the heart of their new car,” said Harlan Charles, Chevy’s Corvette product manager. “It’s a chance to bond with their new car.”

2015 Corvette Z06 engines

The 2015 Corvette Z06 engine: an LT4 supercharged 6.2-liter V8

Customers can select the $5,000 Corvette Engine Build Experience, which is offered on all Z06 trim levels, with order code PBC. For that price, Vette owners get to spend a full day with a Performance Build Center engine assembly technician who instructs the build. Car buyers will also receive a personalized engine plaque with their name and the date of the engine build on it, and some professional photography of the experience for their scrapbook.

Personnel from the National Corvette Museum handle concierge services for the customer, handling all of the logistics (although the customer needs to make his or her own travel arrangements for getting to and staying in Bowling Green).

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The 2015 Corvette Z06 being assembled

Once built, the engine moves to the vehicle assembly area of the Kentucky auto plant, before being eventually installed into the customer’s Z06.

“It’s important for customers to understand their engine won’t be installed the day after they built it,” Charles stressed. “It will flow into the scheduling process for vehicle assembly, which depends on a number of logistical variables.”

But, if they’re willing to stick around in Bowling Green for a little while longer, owners can watch their Corvette being assembled, thanks to a special tour organized by the National Corvette Museum. They can also opt to have the finished product delivered at the National Corvette Museum, located across the road from the Bowling Green Assembly Plant.