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The total amount of 2015 Z06's that can be produced during the 2015 model year will be significantly less than the 5,600 orders the GM has already received. About two months ago, [email protected] estimated that the total number of 2015 Z06's would be approximately 10% of the total 2015 run, or about 4,000. Mike, it is looking like your estimate will be really close, based on a statement just made by Executive Chief Corvette Enginner Tadge Juechter. This information was part of today's GM Z06 performance stats release.


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GM Announces Performance Times for 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

We spend a lot of time at Cars.com dissecting the practicalities of SUVs and family sedans, but sometimes track numbers are just too over-the-top to go unshared. We’re at the Midwest Automotive Media Association’s fall rally in Joliet, Ill., and GM just laid down some astonishing numbers on the redesigned 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The 650-horsepower, supercharged Z06 hits 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and scorches the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds — with the manual transmission. With the automatic, the car eclipses the very exclusive sub-3-second club, hitting 60 mph in 2.95 seconds and nailing the quarter-mile in 10.95 seconds. That’s the quickest production car GM says it’s ever produced.

Related: Chevrolet Prices 2015 Corvette Z06 at $78,995

How quick is 10.95 seconds? Well, consider that when Car and Driver magazine tested a Bugatti Veyron in 2005 — at the time the 1,001-hp, $1.25 million all-wheel-drive godfather of all supercars — it ran the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds. And today's Z06 starts at less than $79,000. It’s little surprise that GM just took its first orders and the automaker is already overwhelmed, particularly since the car pulls 1.2 g lateral acceleration and stops from 60 mph in an impossible 99.6 feet, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter told reporters.

“We got 5,600 orders,” Juechter said. "That’s far more than we can produce.”

Stick-shift cars should hit dealerships in December, while the automatic will begin rolling off the factory line in January 2015.

“If you don’t already have your order into the dealer, it’s probably going to be later,” Jeuchter added.


Would we like to drive one? That’s a silly question.

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GM Announces Performance Times for 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 - KickingTires
 

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Tadge did not specify a timeframe. 5,600 is far more than they can produce in a day, or a week, or over the remaining years of life of the C7?

He did not say that his timeframe was the 2015 model year. It is probably just some portion of the 2015 model year (based on the allocation numbers we already know).

We already know that the 2015 allocations are based on approximately 27-30% of the StingRay sales from January 1 to September ? (I can't remember the exact day, but it can be found if someone were to go search for it). Plus, add to that that every dealership which qualified to sell StingRays gets at least one Z06 for model year 2015, even if they sold only a single StingRay.

I estimate that about 27,000 StingRays were sold in the timeframe listed above. 30% of that (overestimate) is 8,100. Add an extra one for each of the 900 dealerships gets us to 9,000 model year 2015 Z06. But this is an overestimate in a few ways, so I think less than 9,000 will be sold.

Now, let's underestimate it.

Let's say 24,000 StingRays were sold in that time frame, and multiply that by 26% (underestimation from the allocation threads, plus what we know was reported by multiple dealerships across the country) then add just a single Z06 for one third of the dealerships (the small volume dealerships), or 300 one-allocation dealerships. That gives 6,540 as the minimum number of Z06 which will be produced.

I am thoroughly convinced GM will absolutely blow completely through 5,600 Z06 for model year 2015. I will conservatively say 6,500 for model year 2015, but a stretch much higher than that will not surprise me.
 

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By the way, if I had to finish Tadge's statement, my guess would be, "That's far more than we can produce at this time."

Then, go on to explain that for people just getting orders in with dealers now, that it will be a while "later" before their car will get produced. That "later" might still be a 2015, but just very late in the model year 2015 run...
 
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I will still stick to the 4,000 2015 Z06's produced as my educated guess...let's see how it plays out...and by the way, as the calls I make to my
list of Z06 deposits...85% want the new 8spd Auto trans which is staggering!!!
 

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I will still stick to the 4,000 2015 Z06's produced as my educated guess...let's see how it plays out...and by the way, as the calls I make to my
list of Z06 deposits...85% want the new 8spd Auto trans which is staggering!!!
WOW, I figured it would be high but not that high!
 

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That's a nice metric for GM... offering a Z06 with the A8 basically means more $ bottom line. At my local dealer, everyone on their long list wanted the A8 Z06.... demographic-wise, I was one of the younger age buyers and the only one who wanted the M7 Z06. :D
 

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85%!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is staggering.

And the self-proclaimed saviors of the Z said GM should not even the automatic as an option. Really?
For me the tide started to turn back in 2001 when the Porsche Turbo came out with a fairly trick (for the time) computer controlled Tiptronic (ZF produced TC based automatic) and none other than Hurley Haywood proclaimed it to be the car to own. So much so that his personal Turbo was a Tiptronic. I still wasn't convinced, that is until I had the opportunity to drive a PDK version of the 911 and the Boxster at speed.

I still don't know what I would order if I were to get a Z06 but the fact I even stop to think about it speaks volumes considering a decade ago I wouldn't have ever considered an automatic in anything with sporting pretensions. Hell, even my Volvo V70R was a manual ;)
 

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I will still stick to the 4,000 2015 Z06's produced as my educated guess...let's see how it plays out...and by the way, as the calls I make to my
list of Z06 deposits...85% want the new 8spd Auto trans which is staggering!!!
Guy on another car forum calls it the watered-down Z06 and claims GM has ruined the Z06 by offering an automatic. I still haven't stopped laughing since I read that and it's been a week. :D
 

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5600 Z06's?

“We got 5,600 orders,” Juechter said. "That’s far more than we can produce.”

Stick-shift cars should hit dealerships in December, while the automatic will begin rolling off the factory line in January 2015.

“If you don’t already have your order into the dealer, it’s probably going to be later,” Jeuchter added.

http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2...vette-z06.html
 

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85% 8-speed automatics!!!! Wonder what GM predicted that option's "take rate" would be? Thinking that if that stat holds out for this year and future C7 years, we will not be seeing a future generation manual transmission Corvette, in effect joining Ferrari, Porsche and Lamboghini in not offering even a single manual trans option.
 

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I don't know what the current statistics are, but when Chevrolet/GMC first introduced the Duramax diesel engine in its larger pickups, the percentage opting for the Allison automatic transmission was around 90%
 

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85% 8-speed automatics!!!! Wonder what GM predicted that option's "take rate" would be? Thinking that if that stat holds out for this year and future C7 years, we will not be seeing a future generation manual transmission Corvette, in effect joining Ferrari, Porsche and Lamboghini in not offering even a single manual trans option.
Being one that is holding out for the 8-speed Paddle Shift automatic, the 85% of orders demand has started to concern me in whether or not GM will be able to keep up with the demand and whether or not my order will be accepted sooner or later. This is the one option I'm not compelled to compromise on, which I'm beginning to get the feeling it may contribute to my own demise.....
 

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85% 8-speed automatics!!!! Wonder what GM predicted that option's "take rate" would be? Thinking that if that stat holds out for this year and future C7 years, we will not be seeing a future generation manual transmission Corvette, in effect joining Ferrari, Porsche and Lamboghini in not offering even a single manual trans option.
That day is surely within sight. Near or far sighted I know not, but within sight!
 

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That day is surely within sight. Near or far sighted I know not, but within sight!
I don't see it happening because if you look at the last 30+ yr ratio for Corvette production it's 60% Auto and 40% stick. These Z06 numbers for Auto trans is plain staggering since the 2006-2013 Z06 couldn't be had with an Auto trans! Besides stick shift cars cuts down on car jacking!!!

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I don't see it happening because if you look at the last 30+ yr ratio for Corvette production it's 60% Auto and 40% stick. These Z06 numbers for Auto trans is plain staggering since the 2006-2013 Z06 couldn't be had with an Auto trans! Besides stick shift cars cuts down on car jacking!!!

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Mike,

Times they are a changing. As the age demographic swings I think you are going to find the penchant for manuals will keep dropping, especially if the A8 performs the way it's expected to. As an age group millennials have been weened on paddle shifting super cars and quite honestly, even as a long time sports car owner I appreciate the differences both transmissions bring to the experience.

Black wheels, badges and paddle shifters are the new chrome ;)
 
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An 8 speed paddle shifting AT is not the 2 speed Powerglide of your youth. All ATs are not created equal.
 

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An 8 speed paddle shifting AT is not the 2 speed Powerglide of your youth. All ATs are not created equal.
You are 100% correct. I can make a paddle shift auto sing like you're driving in 7spd manual!
 

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An 8 speed paddle shifting AT is not the 2 speed Powerglide of your youth. All ATs are not created equal.
Can't wait to experience the A8!
Still having fun with the 2 speed Powerglide in my 62 Vert!!
 
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