The mid-engine Chevy Corvette C8 is a fantastic sports car right out of the box, but add in a few optional extras, and it gets even better. No surprise then that nearly 90 percent of 2021 Corvette customers equipped their new ride with the factory high-performance exhaust system.
According to a recent presentation given at National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, a whopping 87 percent of 2021 Corvette buyers opted to include the optional performance exhaust system. A total of 26,212 examples of the 2021 Corvette Stingray were produced, as GM Authority covered previously.
Tagged with RPO code NPP, the factory performance exhaust system adds an aggressive exhaust note to the mid-engine Chevy, as well as a little more power and torque for the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine.
Rated at a 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in standard spec, the performance exhaust system frees up an extra five horsepower and five pound-feet of torque, bringing the grand total to 495 horsepower at 6,450 rpm and 470 pound-feet of torque at 5,150 rpm.
The performance exhaust system for the 2021 Corvette is offered as a standalone extra for all three trim levels, and is priced at $1,195. The exhaust is also included with the Z51 Performance Package, a $5,995 upgrade that adds in:
- Z51 performance Brembo brakes
- Z51 performance suspension
- Performance rear axle ratio
- Electronic Limited Slip Differential (eLSD)
- Z51-specific front splitter and rear spoiler
- Michelin Pilot Sport 4S 245/25R19 front and 305/30R20 rear run-flat tires
- Heavy-duty cooling system
Notably, the 87 percent take-rate for the performance exhaust system on the 2021 Corvette is actually a small decline from the initial 2020 model year, during which 89 percent of buyers bought the upgraded pipes.