GM Is Being Sued Because Corvette Z06s Are Overheating On The Track


Owners are complaining their Corvette Z06 is entering limp mode after 15 minutes of track driving.

If you own a Chevrolet Corvette Z06, chances are you’ll want to burn some rubber on the racetrack and listen to its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 scream. Last year, owners complained about overheating issues when taking the sports car to the track, leading to Chevrolet introducing a slew of cooling improvements for the 2017 Corvette Z06 including a larger supercharger cover and bigger vents. Despite the improvements, owners are filing a lawsuit against General Motors over the overheating issues.

The lawsuit filed by Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP claims that the Corvette Z06 cannot be operated safely on the racetrack despite being advertised with “track-proven structure and technologies.” GM is being accused of "knowingly selling allegedly defective" cars as owners are complaining that the car overheats and enters limp mode after only 15 minutes of track driving. When in limp mode, the speed and power is “drastically reduced” which poses an obvious safety risk at high speed with other cars on the track. Alarmingly, owners are also claiming that they experienced the Z06 entering limp mode on public roads.

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The issue is also apparently damaging the engine due to warping from high temperatures. Over 30,000 Corvette Z06 models made between 2015 and 2017 are estimated to be affected by the defect. "We believe we’ve found GM to be guilty of a classic bait and switch – one that cost thousands of consumers dearly, up to $120,000, and broke state consumer protection laws," said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman. "GM enticed race enthusiasts with bells and whistles, promising a car that could maintain safe speeds and power when tracked, but we believe what it sold them was far from what it promised. This defect not only damages the Z06 engine, but endangers drivers."

It all sounds similar to a lawsuit filed against Ford over claims that the Shelby GT3500 isn’t track ready as it would also enter limp mode after being thrashed around a track for 15 minutes. Hagens Berman is encouraging Corvette Z06 owners to contact the law firm to find out more information about the issue and see if they are entitled to compensation.