For about $5,800, a Corvette buyer can specify the Corvette Engine Build Experience, which one-ups the “pick up your car at the factory” program that exists for some manufacturers and allows the consumer to visit the engine assembly line and have a hand in assembling his/her engine. However, LSXTV.com is reporting that several 2015 Corvette Z06 buyers may not have that option.
The problem is that the LT4 motor that powers the Z06 is built in two plants – Tonawanda, NY and Bowling Green, KY – but the Experience is only available at the latter (regular Corvette buyers go to Wixom, MI for their Experience). Part of the problem is that it’s not known how many of the motors are going to be built in Bowling Green.
Sure, you can go to Germany and pick up your Porsche, but you don’t get to have a hand in building your motor. Corvette buyers may not have the luxury of going overseas to pick up their car, but it is sweet to own a bespoke Corvette and say, “Hey, I had a hand in that!” even if you’re not a UAW member.