The Z51 Performance Package is among the most popular options available for the C8 Corvette Stingray and for good reason. This equipment group includes must-have options like a performance exhaust, electronic limited slip differential and Brembo brakes – all for the reasonable sum of $5,995.
During a recent sit down with GM Authority executive editor Alex Luft, Chevrolet’s director of car and crossover marketing, Tony Johnson, said more than 60 percent of all C8 Corvette orders include the Z51 Performance Package. That’s a very high take-rate for such a pricy option, but seeing as the Z51 package is required to extract every last bit of performance out of the C8 Corvette, we’re not the least bit surprised with its popularity.
Johnson’s intel lines up with the sales figures for the 2020 Corvette Stingray, as well. Chevy built 20,368 examples of the C8 Corvette for the 2020 model year, of which 15,476 came equipped with the Z51 Performance Package – equivalent to a take-rate of 75.9 percent.
As we reported previously, the Z51 Performance Package received a slight price hike for the 2021 model year that saw the price increase from $5,000 to $5,995. Despite the price change, it features all the same equipment as it did for the 2020 model year, which includes the following:
- Z51 performance suspension
- Performance exhaust
- Performance rear axle ratio
- Electronic Limited Slip Differential (eLSD)
- Z51 rear spoiler
- Front splitter
- 245/35ZR19 front and 305/30ZR20 rear high-performance tires
- Heavy-duty cooling system
For 2021, the Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension (RPO code FE2) was made available as a standalone option across all trim levels for the C8 Corvette Stingray. In 2020, the FE2 suspension was only offered with the Z51 Performance Package. This decision could result in a lower take-rate for the Z51 Performance Package, as customers who only wanted the more sophisticated suspension setup can now order it without having to pay for items like the eLSD, performance exhaust and heavy-duty cooling system as well.