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Corvette C7 Z51 Suspension
The Z51 option story began in 1984 when it was first available for $600.20. At that time it included upgraded springs front and rear, sway bars, shock absorbers, bushings, a quicker steering ratio and wider rear wheels.
While the 1984 rendition of the Z51 package had its merits, they were best suited for the race track. At the time Chevrolet was intent on being able to claim high g-force cornering statistics and to achieve it they equipped the Z51 with heavy duty components that resulted in a ride too harsh for regular street driving.
As the Corvette years went on, the Z51 option was refined to offer better road manners. It was not available for the 1991 thru 1995 and 2010 thru 2013 model years.
For 2014 RPO Z51 is available on all trim level Corvettes with automatic or manual transmissions.
- 45mm piston Bilstein shock absorbers
- eLSD (electronic Limited Slip Differential)
- Larger Brembo brakes with slotted rotors
- Dry sump oil system
- One inch diameter larger 19 x 8.5-inch front and 20 x 10-inch rear forged aluminum wheels
- Differential and transmission oil coolers.
- Unique rear spoiler
- Additional air deflectors
Update: Apparently GM has been "leaving some money on the table" with regards to Z51 pricing. In March 2014 the RPO Z51 price was raised to $4,000, a $1,200 increase. By all accounts demand for the option was still high.
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