When one Illinois Chevrolet dealership was selling their first 2015 Corvette Z06 before it had even arrived, they revealed that the first run of Z06s would all be 7-speed manual coupes, with Convertible and eight-speed variants becoming available further down the line. This limited amount of choice clearly hasn’t discouraged buyers though. Yesterday in an announcement made at the Midwest Automotive Media Association’s Fall Rally, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter revealed they had already received over 5,600 orders for the car.
That’s a lot of orders in a short amount of time. Historically the take rate for automatic transmission Corvettes has been higher than for manual cars, so clearly demand for the high performance ‘Vette will be strong in the first model year. Additionally, with General Motors new quick shifting eight-speed transmission on offer, some buyers who previously would have bought a car with three pedals may be holding out for the automatic.
Orders of the standard C7 Corvette were backed up six months when the flood gates opened for the car last October and the Bowling Green plant has been pumping out Stingrays as fast as they can while still maintaining a certain level of quality control ever since. It’s safe to say then that if you were planning on ordering a 2015 C7 Z06, you’ll have to wait patiently into next year. By the way, that marked up Z06 order form is still up on eBay, but now its been overvalued even more to $106,985.00.