Last year, Chevrolet teased SEMA showgoers with a concept display of C7 Corvette Z06 pull-down accessories for the standard C7 Corvette Stingray. It made all the sense in the world for The Bowtie to green light such a program, and this year, we get to know what will be available for Stingray buyers looking to bolt on hardcore, warranty-backed performance parts onto their pride and joy.
The new Corvette performance parts portfolio now receives:
Corvette Z06 Level 3 Aero Package
The Level 3 aerodynamics package is now an a la carte accessory kit for 2014+ model year Corvettes. It adds elements from the Z07 Performance Package, including larger end plates to the front splitter, as well as an adjustable, transparent wickerbill spoiler on the rear spoiler.
Corvette Z06 600-Watt Radiator Fan
This 600-Watt radiator fan directly replaces the 500-Watt unit that comes standard in the base Corvette Stingray. The fan will offer greater airflow and enhanced cooling capability. Corvettes love that.
Corvette Secondary Radiator Kit
This kit adds cooling capability to manual transmission Corvettes (base Stingray, Z51 and Z06). The engine coolant temperatures are lowered 25 degrees Fahrenheit along with lowering engine oil temperatures 15 degrees Fahrenheit. The addition of the Z06 grille will further enhance the cooling performance of this kit.
Corvette Z06 Grille Kit
The aforementioned Z06 front grille insert is available as a standalone accessory, and maximizes the airflow to the radiator, intercooler and brake cooling ducts. This results in a 17-percent increase in front-end airflow, compared to the grille of the Corvette Stingray Z51. It’s a direct replacement for the Stingray grille insert. Additionally, the inlet ramps to the brake cooling ducts were optimized to balance the airflow demands of brake cooling and engine cooling.
Corvette Z06 Quarter Panel Vents
These gaping vents provide larger openings than the Corvette Stingray, for increased airflow to the transmission oil cooler and differential cooler – a 25-percent improvement over the airflow of the Z51 at speed, according to Chevy.
Corvette Z06 Rear Transmission Oil Cooler
The larger Z06 rear transmission oil cooler fits in the same location as the base Stingray and Z51 cooler and adds extra cooling capacity. It works best when paired with the Z06 Quarter Panel Vents to maximize airflow through the cooler.
Corvette Z06 Carbon Fiber Torque Tube And Prop Shaft Kit
The lightweight Z06 carbon fiber torque tube assembly saves almost 15.5 pounds (7 Kg) compared to the Stingray’s steel-intensive torque tube. The kit also includes higher-temperature rubber couplers in the prop shaft. Applications vary by transmission and model year. The torque tube is also available separately.
Corvette Stingray Heat Shield
This larger heat shield helps protect the prop shaft from higher temperatures. It is only required for 2014 Corvette Stingray models, as it is actually included on 2015+ models.
Corvette Z06 Prop Shaft Assembly With High-Temp Couplers
The Corvette Z06’s internal prop shaft includes rubber couplers designed for higher temperatures and a larger heat shield. These couplers are included with the Corvette Z06 Carbon Fiber Torque Tube and Prop Shaft Kit.
Corvette Z06 Carbon Fiber Underbody Braces
These carbon fiber underbody braces are 17 percent lighter than the aluminum braces on the Corvette Stingray, while also offering an improvement in overall torsional stiffness. They are a direct replacement for the standard braces, and are meant for track use.
Corvette Z06 Brake Kits (Iron Rotors) For Stingray with Z51
Designed for Stingray models equipped with the Z51 package, they feature the Z06’s standard, two-piece and slotted iron rotors – measuring 14.6-inch x 1.3-inch (370 mm x 34 mm) for the front rotors and 14.4-inch x 1-inch (365 mm x 26 mm) for the rear. The front kit uses aluminum monoblock six-piston calipers, while the rear kit features four-piston fixed calipers. The front calipers also feature vented pistons for improved pad and brake fluid cooling. They also offer differentiated piston diameters of 30mm, 34mm and 38mm (leading to trailing), for more even pad pressure for improved pad wear. Take note however, that these brakes will not fit under base Stingray or Z51 wheels. They require a minimum of 4mm wheel clearance between the outboard face of the caliper and the inner wheel spokes. So be sure to order the bigger wheels for these bigger brakes.
Corvette Stingray Z51 Brake Kit
Designed as an upgrade for the standard Stingray, this Z51 package brake is sold as a standalone complete kit for both the front and rear wheels. It features slotted rotors measuring 13.6 inches (345 mm) in front and 13.3 inches (338 mm) in the rear. This increases the overall diameter in relation to the standard 12.6-inch (321 mm) front rotors. Coupled with the new Z06/Z51 Brake Cooling Kit, this system will match the braking performance of the factory Z51 brake system.
Corvette Z06/Z51 Front Brake Cooling Kit
This kit includes brake ducts and deflectors that channel air from the front grille through the wheel wells to cool the front brakes and expel heat. On a standard Corvette Stingray, it increases airflow by 16 percent, enhancing stopping performance by reducing temperature and the chance for brake fade. For optimal performance, it should be used with the Z51 Brake Package and the Z06 Grille Kit.
Corvette Stingray T1 Suspension
For the track enthusiast, the “Touring 1” suspension package was developed to improve the on-track handling capabilities of the Corvette Stingray, including Z51-equipped models not equipped with Magnetic Ride Control. It includes more aggressive shocks, stiffer stabilizer bars and new lower control arms with stiffer bushings. It was developed for racing and the aggressive shocks were utilized to maintain eligibility to compete within the rules of most club racing sanctioning bodies. It is currently homologated in SCCA’s Touring 1 class. Meanwhile, the T1 suspension kit should come in handy for those looking to enter the newly announced Michelin Corvette Challenge racing series.
We just finished driving some Corvette Stingrays with the T1 package today. Look for more on how the suspension package felt on the track in due time.