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The following is my today, Z06, stage 2 spoiler perspective and could change, and definitely not denigrating anyone's different perspective. And before starting, this post is from my driving orientation that I while I love "carving curvy country corners," I do not track my Corvette. Starting with the following stage 2 picture:


When my wife looked at the above black Z06, while she loves the overall Z06 aggressive stance and appearance, and is excited about our getting a '15, she asked, "what is on the reck deck?" I thought for a second, then realized she was right in two ways, that the deck spoiler from that angle looks like someone placed a package on the deck and walked off, and my second thought, "wow, from that view, the rear corner of the Z06 does not look good."

I am not criticizing GM's aerodynamic calculations, nor the stage 2 spoiler's probable, outstanding aero efficiency. I also commend GM for giving us the three factory Z06 aero options! Just wishing the stage 2 spoiler looked better from the above view. And, candidly, also not in love with the spoiler from a rear/rear quarter view, as in the picture below.


Not at all saying that the rest of the car doesn't look great!

In comparison to the above stage 2, this is only non-camouflage'd stage 1 picture we have seen.


I fully agree with previous forum comments about this stage 1 Z06, that it in those posters' views and mine, it needs at least rocker blades, and perhaps additional aero components; however, it's rear spoiler has a more attractive look (IMO). (GM did announce, however, that it is testing larger rear spoilers for all three stages to give all versions needed, greater downforce.)

As a result of the above two views of the black Z's spoiler, my wife and I are re-examining our earlier, positive decision that we will be getting a stage 2. Now alternatively considering getting a stage 1, then adding, aftermarket, a bigger splitter, rockers and, depending on its final size/shape when finalized, perhaps also a "similar to a stage 1 looking" rear deck spoiler.
 

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I agree John. The Stage 2/3 spoiler is very aggressive looking and would not serve as a benefit to those that are not intending to track/race their Z06s (other than the "Boy Racers"). In reality, the larger spoiler may pose as a "fuel milage detriment" due to the added drag at Freeway/Hwy speeds. Without the pricing schedule, it is hard to determine which would be the most cost effective, buying the stage 2 and then switching out the spoiler for the Z51/stage 1 unit or, buying the Stage 1 and adding the rocker skirts and more aggressive splitter. These are good issues.
 

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You made good points Ron; post has good ideas. To add some specific aero numbers, and these were before GM learned, when the snow finally melted mid-April at the Milford Proving Grounds, that all three stages needed bigger spoilers, the coefficient of drag was then .35, .36 and .37 for stages 1,2,3 respectively (where the base StingRay is .29 and the Z-51 is .31).
 

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I agree the stage 1 is a little bland for such a visually (and literally) powerful car. I do have a couple of designs in my head for this, one similar to my current weapon7 spoiler and another. One of them, if not both will make it to production as I'm working on a wide body rear end kit and will inevitably need one for that as well. So, I will make sure again the mounting locations line up with the Z06 so you guys have some options too! :)
 

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That is great news, for your products have great lines to them!!! Tadge Juechter would not have picked your StingRay as his personal "Best In Show" at the Bash if your products were anything but outstanding looking.

Glad you will be giving stage 1 Z06 owners an option!!!! And special thanks for considering mounting bolt holes in their design.

Love your current StingRay weapon7 spoiler as a possible stage 1 design, though not saying more options aren't always better.
 

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I'm seeing what your talking about, but I'm not feeling it. Guess it's simply a matter of individual tastes I suppose. Kinda like searching for a particular look like "Aggressive" or "More Aggressive" and "Most Aggressive." To me, they all look great, depending on what we're looking for. My guess is the primary difference between the Stage-2 and Stage 3 is the clear adjustable "wickerbill" I think they call it, between the two sides of the rear spoiler, along with the wings on the front spoiler. My guess is, the reason for the open center design of the stage-2 and 3 rear spoiler is because the height of the rear spoiler creates an obstruction in seeing threw the rear view mirror. That's why it's open in the center. It's to bad none of us will have an opportunity to actually sit in a Z06 before ordering to check out any visual obstructions before we buy one. I personally don't mind the "More Aggressive" appearance as long as it doesn't present a problem seeing what's behind me. "Reck Deck" LOL, that was funny John. Sad and true, but still kinda funny..

Actually, I think the wing on the rear of the C7.R looks pretty cool as well.... Over the top, maybe, but it still looks pretty cool. Hey WeaponX, I received my Paddle Shifters yesterday, they look great! Guess I'm going to have to buy the car now in order to install them...
 

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I like the Stage 2. But I think something like this would be even better! LOL

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Apologies to all, for that is a typo, was supposed to be "rear deck" in the first post (in second paragraph of original post). Glad my typing inability is at least humorful.
 

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My first impression of the spoiler was "huge". That being said one of my biggest complaints of the outgoing Z06 model was how similar it looked to the standard corvette. I think once you have your stage 2 John you will come to love it and be glad you aren't searching for an aftermarket fix. This reminds me of the tail light craze. Give it time to grow on you!
 

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Apologies to all, for that is a typo, was supposed to be "rear deck" in the first post (in second paragraph of original post). Glad my typing inability is at least humorful.
Still LOL...... No Criticism here. Kinda hit the funny bone because that's a huge fear on mine. I'm always checking the rear view mirror. I think I'm going to adopt the term in my regular vocabulary only I may refer to it as the "Wreck Deck." Still laughing about it.
 

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Still LOL...... No Criticism here. Kinda hit the funny bone because that's a huge fear on mine. I'm always checking the rear view mirror. I think I'm going to adopt the term in my regular vocabulary only I may refer to it as the "Wreck Deck." Still laughing about it.
Agreed, wreck deck it is from now on.
 

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Either way, what a difference 2 decades makes. That rear spoiler looks like the spoilers that pop out of my wing when a jets wheel squat switches connect. Pretty sick. And worry about fuel efficiency due to drag?... If you can afford the price tag on that new Z06..(assuming GM is recalculating based on the last years sales on the base c7) a couple cents extra due to a bad lift drag coefficient isn't gonna matter. Just being subjective. Looks bitchin.
 

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Ben, more than a few are liking your developing a Z06 stage 2 spoiler equivalent, something that we know will look better than the current factory stage 2 version (which appears from the back as "two almost-disconnected rectangles), your creating something that instead flows across the back.

Like your StingRay spoiler a lot (much more pleasing that GM's stage 2 and Z07 spoilers), and using that a basis, yet making it about 3" wider (reflecting the fact that the rear Z06 fenders are 3.15" wider and the Z's rear fascia is wider by 3"), incorporating the idea you previously mentioned of using the factory bolt holes, perhaps a smidgen taller/more aggressive looking, and finally providing it in your usual visible carbon fiber standard weave option -- that would be terrific in my book!

Seems strange to me that GM is planing both stage 2 and Z07 visible carbon fiber splitter and side skirt options, yet only shiny black plastic spoilers. An opening for you to make a spoiler that visually matches the other aero pieces on the car.

And as you asked, when you get the final GM's dimensions on the rear fascia, thanks for double confirming that your existing diffuser will fit on a Z06, and if not, making the "same diffuser" in a modified size, for your rear diffuser will be my second mod (after curb alert to protect the front splitter). Thanks for asking!
 

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OMG!!!! Now this is getting downright scary. We are soooo on the same page here. Smiling...... As I read Elegant's post I was thinking the whole time the Aero spoilers and splitters coming out with the Z06 are purely from an engineering perspective (Functionality) from GM. From that perspective, everything functions perfectly from a down force point, but sometimes function and aesthetics require blending the two in order to appeal more to the masses. Many of us aren't going to be racing or putting our Z06's on the track, so the appearance becomes a more important issue here. I'm totally blown away with the fact there's business's like WeaponXmotorsports and Ben developing products and making them available like this for us. Someone with the same perspective as ours is listening....
 
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