An overwhelming majority of 2020 Corvette buyers selected the optional Performance Exhaust (RPO code NPP) when ordering their car.
According to statistics that were recently released by the C8 Corvette sales team, a whopping 89% of 2020 Corvette buyers selected the RPO code NPP Performance Exhaust option. The Performance Exhaust is a $1,195 option and increases power and torque from 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque to 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet. The exhaust is standard with the available Z51 Performance Package, but is also available separate from the Z51 package. In addition to the Performance Exhaust, the Z51 package also includes an Electronic Limited-Slip Differential, a different rear axle ratio and Brembo brakes.
It’s no surprise to see that many 2020 Corvette buyers are deciding to check the box for the optional Performance Exhaust kit. Not only is this kit a relatively cheap way to get an extra five horsepower and five pound-feet of torque from the already powerful 6.2L LT2 V8 engine, it also gives the mid-engine sports car a meaner and more defined exhaust note.
The aftermarket has begun to offer some alternatives to the factory Performance Exhaust kit. Hennessey Performance recently debuted its new exhaust kit for the 2020 Corvette, which boosts engine output by 21 horsepower and 19 pound-feet of torque from stock. The Hennessey exhaust is also 10 pounds lighter than either of the Chevrolet factory exhausts. Hennessey plans on making just 1,000 units of the exhaust for all of 2020 and 2021 and prices will start at a fairly steep $3,495.
While the aftermarket is beginning to come through for the 2020 Corvette, many owners are still limited on the modifications they can perform on the vehicle for a variety of reasons. Until then, the Chevrolet Performance Exhaust remains a very popular way to give the mid-engine sports car a little bit more presence and personality.