With the Z51 package installed, the C8 Corvette has a slower top speed than the base car.
It's been a couple of months since the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was shown to the world, and yet we're still learning more about the mid-engine monster. Since the reveal, Chevrolet has confirmed the 2020 Corvette has a top speed of 194 mph. With the optional Z51 package installed, 0-62 mph takes less than three seconds.
But how does the Z51 package affect the C8 Corvette's top speed? Chevrolet has confirmed to Car and Driver that the C8 Corvette will hit a top speed of 184 mph with the Z51 package installed, making it 10 mph slower than the base car.
Costing an extra $5,000, the Z51 package adds performance suspension, Brembo brakes, a performance exhaust, Michelin summer tires, an electronic limited-slip differential, an upgraded cooling system, and a unique rear spoiler and front splitter. According to Chevrolet, the rear spoiler and front spoiler increase the car's aerodynamic downforce by 400 pounds compared to the base Corvette Stingray.
Inevitably, he extra drag created by the rear spoiler has made the C8 Corvette 10 mph slower when equipped with the Z51 package. But while the 2020 Corvette Z51 has a slower top speed, it has a faster 0-62 mph time than the standard car and better corning capability, so it depends what matters more to you.
Powering the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a mid-mounted, naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V8 that generates 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The performance exhaust included with the Z51 package also adds an extra five horsepower, bringing the total output to 500 hp.
Pricing for the 2020 Corvette starts at $59,995 with the destination charge, but the cost soon mounts up when you start exploring the extensive options list as a fully loaded C8 Corvette costs over $100,000.