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GMauthority.com is reporting that at least for many, many months, perhaps not until the 2015 model year, will there is additional Z-51's produced.


Here's a paragraph from their article, but let's all note that it refers to new orders, not to those already at 3000 status.

"When conversing with dealer sources recently, we were informed that customers that are currently placing orders for Z51 Stingrays will have to wait as long as one year, some even being built as 2015 models. Of note, while the wait is indeed long, GM isn’t expecting the current 75% take rate of buyers ordering their 2014 Corvette Stingrays with Z51 package to continue as high as it is, and will eventually lower once the hardcore buyers get their fill."

Possible reasons: As in previous years, GM has to meet EPA fuel standards, and while the Z-51 doesn't use much more fuel due to its different gear ratios, it does use some more; OR, demand for the Z-51 was so much higher than GM's "take rate" for this option, that GM and suppliers got caught short in producing the Z-51's unique components; OR, as stated in the article, GM might be putting a temporary hold to allow non Z-51 Corvettes to get produced. Of note is that the article cites dealers, and might not be accurate, I.e., this is not a GM press release. Thanks GMAuthority.com.

Read more: 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51: One Year Waiting List | GM Authority
 

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I'm curious out of some 30,000 C7s scheduled to be produced how many will be z51 models.
 

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It's really quite simple, if they cap the entire year's Z51 production to what's either already delivered or in the pipeline then the 2014 launch is a massive failure IMHO. Chevy builds cars people want and with JIT manufacturing they just need about 45 days to re-jigger supplier deliveries to meet the pipeline.

For Christ sake, it's October 2013, the car has been in production all of 8 weeks and they have only built 1/4 of the cars they plan and someone prints you may have to wait till the 2015 model year for a Z51!

Do the math, if they were figuring a 35% take rate over the course of the year that's still 12,250 Z51's. At the time this article was written then had barely produced 3000 cars and had booked orders for maybe another 3000. That means 6000 cars with a 75% take rate = 4500 cars. Had their initial prediction been accurate they only expected to build 2100 so it's not surprising that by the time they hit VIN 3000 all the parts were used up.

Another thing, look around at published constrained posted by dealers. Each one has the constraint and the estimated duration. Z51 was listed as <4 weeks, that was on last week's report.

Expect Z51's to start popping back up on allocation by Nov 1st but there will probably only be a limited number, perhaps 25% of the total week's allocation. 2015 model year, yeah right......... That's right up there with my dealer telling me GM had 35000 C7's in the order books already.......
 

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Oh, and I noticed it was "after talking to dealers". Consider this, if the "dealer" is one with 5 or 10 in the first allocation and maybe another 10 in the second then sure, they may not get a slot in the Z51 lottery this model year. Talk the Conti, Furman, Kerbeck and other in the top 10 and you'll get an entirely different story and it you don't then they are just doing what salesman do, build up the hype.

I also believe that come January C7's will be sitting on dealer's lots and discounting will have begun so it's all a matter of waiting till the time is right. I don't buy into all the doom and gloom regarding supply, the factory's capacity has always exceeded demand and this year will be no different.
 
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Had a Feeling I might be getting a 2015....oh well
 

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my dealer ship has 27 allocated for them... does this mean that mine will be still as planned...I ordered 1 month ago almost? Z51 3Lt
 

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We do not know whether this is accurate information. Personally, tend to doubt it. It comes from unnamed dealers, not from GM. Additionally, those with orders 3000 status and above would not be affected by this even if this news were later verified. While the Z-51 "option take rate" so far has been higher than expected, as per posts above, it is mathematically unlikely that this short time into the production year, that Z-51 total-year allocations are all taken.

In previous years, constraints of Z-51 and similar options have come and gone.
 

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3000 is accepted for Production. Means they have the parts ordered to build your car. Depending on parts receipt and passing Quality checks on incoming parts will determing your build date. 3300 should get you a TPW (Targeted Production Week). 3800 means vehicle is produced, the one your really want!
 

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Are you at 3000 or above? Below 3000 GM won't accept the production order which means anything on constraint cannot be scheduled and dealers cannot put in new orders.
 

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For what it is worth...The dealer I spoke with today said he had just spoken to someone at the plant about this and was told that this constraint will only last 4 weeks or so and is being done to make sure they can provide for the Z-51 convertibles for their upcoming launch.
 

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My sales person has been telling righ along that the constrant for the Z51 package has been less than 4 weeks. The order for my Z51 converible went to 3300 last week.
 

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My sales person has been telling righ along that the constrant for the Z51 package has been less than 4 weeks. The order for my Z51 converible went to 3300 last week.
This is consistent with what the dealer told me when I placed my order, just last week. I know it is not easy, but be patient, will be worth the wait.
 

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I can shed some light on how the order/constraint tension works... A dealer may place as many preliminary orders for whatever vehicles they desire, but cannot expect those to get picked up by GM unless two things are true. First, that given dealer must have an allocation (or multiple) for the order period matching the consensus agreed to with GM (I use 'agreed to' to describe what GM tell you you will get, good or bad). Second, the allocation must match current constraints. If there is a constraint, say on the Z51 pkg, then the store must be awarded the exception to build the car as desired. Regardless, the store will be building the chasis...the question becomes equipment and fulfilling the desires of waiting customers.
 

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Current Z51 constraint is seen as greater than 4 weeks for resolution, and perhaps meeting 50% of demand in the allocation period...it's expected to be a long time b/c of demand before this is resolved.
 

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Case in point...I have 3 Z51's sold for the store I work at, but one of our allocations was awarded this week and we did NOT get the Z51 to go with the allocation. We HAD to order the car or lose the chasis...I ordered one that seemed to make sense and it pushed back the Z51 orders till we get awarded the pkg. Unfortunate that we couldn't get a sold order filled sooner, but this seems to be a supplier issue. At least we will have a nice one to have here for folks to see.
 

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Are you at 3000 or above? Below 3000 GM won't accept the production order which means anything on constraint cannot be scheduled and dealers cannot put in new orders.
2000 is placed with GM...at that point it is accepted and locked it. By that point the dealer has both the allocation and met constraint requirements be being awarded what was needed or ordering a unit with no constraints attached.
 
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