Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Owners Are Suing GM

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Owners are alleging the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 goes into “limp mode” after only about 15 minutes of track driving.

The lawsuit is a bit similar to what Ford Shelby GT350 owners are suing Ford over, with Corvette Z06 owners saying General Motors knowingly sells allegedly defective Z06 models that, “while marketed as having track-proven structure and technologies, cannot actually be operated safely on a racetrack and enter a performance-limited limp mode while tracked, even on public roadways.”

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Owners have reported vehicles would overheat and often enter limp mode only after about 15 minutes of track driving, due to a defective cooling system. When the vehicle enters limp mode, its power and speed are drastically reduced, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

“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. “The defect in question markedly limits the car’s performance – the sole reason these hotrod enthusiasts bought the Corvette Z06 in the first place. If they’d known of this defect at the time of purchase, they likely wouldn’t have spent six figures on the Z06.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Chris Daigle Chris Daigle on Jun 15, 2017

    Actually, it's not the same as the GT350 owners. They ordered a loaded car WITHOUT the track package and are disappointed that their car is not track ready. You have to choose between the loaded audio A/C package or the track package without those things and with the better coolers for the trans and rear axle. The GT350R owners are actually very happy with their cars AFAICT

  • K03sport K03sport on Jun 16, 2017

    so, maybe the racecar is not designed after the street car after all as it says in their commercials ;) ... what about all those laps around the Nurb'-ring? wouldn't prolonged testing have revealed this flaw, or did they only do one lap at a time, park it, one lap, park it, etc...what about that bit "...even on public roadways"? does the car overheat driving down the freeway or while sitting in stop-n-go traffic or the long line at the Starbuck's drive-thru