The base C8-generation Chevy Corvette Stingray offers impressive performance for very little outlay, but for those customers willing to pay a bit extra for even more go-fast goodness, upgrades like the Z51 Performance Package fit the bill nicely. As it just so happens, two out of every three C8 Corvette Stingray buyers choose to equip the optional Z51 package.
With the announcement of pricing for the new 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06, GM also provided some insight with regard to Corvette Stingray customers and their willingness to spend a bit more on their vehicle.
“Customers are purchasing more than 50 percent of Stingrays with Z51 Performance Package and skewing toward well-equipped 2LT and 3LT vehicles, so we’re confident buyers are ready for more performance and bespoke features,” GM states.
Although the language is a bit vague, recent statistics released by the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky confirm that the take rate for the Z51 Performance Package for 2022 Chevy Corvette Stingray buyers is in fact 68.6 percent. What’s more, buyers predominantly choose the mid-range 2LT trim and range-topping 3LT trim over the base 1 LT trim, with 15.4 percent purchasing 1LT, 42.8 percent purchasing 2LT, and 41.8 percent purchasing 3LT.
To note, the Z51 Performance package adds in a wealth of goodies that significantly enhance the sports car, including:
- Z51 Performance suspension
- Electronic limited-slip differential
- Performance ratio rear axle
- Z51 Performance Brembo brakes
- Performance exhaust system
- Z51 rear spoiler
- Heavy-duty cooling system
- Michelin Pilot Sport 4S high-performance tires
Pricing for the package is currently set at $6,345.
As a reminder, the Corvette Stingray features the mid-mounted, naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, which is rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the factory performance exhaust system. Under the skin is the GM Y2 platform. Production takes place at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky.