Imagine eagerly awaiting the delivery of your brand-new Z06, having paid a premium price, only to discover that your chosen Chevy dealer damaged the car during a pre-delivery inspection. Well, there’s no need to imagine – you can watch the video at the end of this article.
Surrounded by a previous-generation Tahoe PPV and a civilian-spec Tahoe, the Torch Red Z06 took an unfortunate tumble off a lift. According to Jason Grubb, who shared the surveillance footage on YouTube, one of the lift’s arms was not correctly positioned. The convertible, valued at over $100,000, fell with the passenger-side rear wheel hitting the ground first. As it descended, the right rear lift arm sliced through the passenger’s door as if it were butter.
It appears that this falling lift arm also caused scratches to the passenger door and the passenger-side front fender. The impact from the fall suggests that the dealership will likely need to replace the rear bumper of the red Z06 as well.
Is this a rookie mistake? It certainly seems that way, particularly in misidentifying the correct jack points for the C8. Contrary to common belief, the jacking pucks aren’t installed to protect the fiberglass from damage. Instead, they are designed to accurately identify the correct jack points, a critical aspect when working on cars with more weight toward the rear axle.
As a quick reminder, the C8-generation Stingray has a weight distribution of 39.4 percent in the front and 60.6 percent in the rear. Given that the C8-gen Z06 is slightly heavier than the Stingray, there’s even more weight toward the rear axle, making it essential for technicians to be extra cautious when positioning the lift arms.
The Chevy dealer’s identity has not been disclosed, and details about the Z06’s trim level and MSRP are also unknown. It’s highly likely that the car will be declared a total loss by the insurance company due to undercarriage damage. After all, a ‘Vette can be replaced with money, but a serious injury or worse is irreplaceable.
Initially introduced for the 2023 model year, the C8-gen Z06 had a starting price of $105,000 (excluding the $1,395 destination freight charge and $2,600 or $3,000 gas-guzzler tax). As of now, the base price for a 1LZ coupe is $108,100, while for the convertible, you’ll need to budget at least $115,100 for the 1LZ trim. Keep in mind that dealers often add markups due to high demand, and some may even charge exorbitant fees for filling the car’s tires with nitrogen – despite the fact that nitrogen makes up about 78 percent of the air we breathe.
In 2024, for the 2025 model year, the C8 will undergo a mid-cycle refresh. The distinctive wall of buttons is expected to be eliminated, and the 2025 lineup is likely to welcome the new ZR1, essentially a Z06 with the addition of twin turbochargers to the naturally-aspirated LT6 engine, creating the twin-turbocharged LT7.