Corvette Performance Parts Buyer’s Guide

You don’t need to worry about purchasing a vehicle with a factory built-in horsepower level that can set the highways ablaze. Of course, it’s ultimately the recommended route, but what if it’s not necessarily a goal you’ve had in mind to begin with? It happens. Some might only discover their desire to tap into the racing prowess of the Corvette later on. In this case, some modifications are due. After all, it’s not like you’re just going to replace the whole car, are you? When push comes to shove, the best thing you can do is reach out for some Chevy performance parts. They are the tools that can enhance your experience behind the wheel.

Chevy Performance Parts


There are several ways through which you can do this, the most obvious being the engine modifications that can increase factors such as power or the torque. But other elements weigh in just as much, specifically air ventilation or cooling, which are there to make sure you won’t overheat your car and/or rob your Corvette’s performance.

In case any passionate Corvette owners seek to bring any improvements upon their vehicle, bolt-on components are some of the easiest Chevy performance parts that you can annex to your vehicle.

Main Bolt-On Options

Comp Cams Gold 1.6:1 Roller Rockers With 1 3/4-Inch Hooker Super Competition Headers

In order to determine the functionality of these bolt-ons, the old roller rockers were swapped for the gold comp cams. To determine results that showcase the improvement Chevy performance parts can bring, it was tested on top of a chassis dyno.


Max power: 327 hp @ 4,900
Max torque: 349 lb-ft @ 4,350
Average power: 237 hp
Average torque: 316 lb-ft

Max power: 342 hp @ 5,200
Max torque: 375 lb-ft @ 4,200
Average power: 252 hp
Average torque: 327 lb-ft
Difference: +30 hp; 26 lb-ft

One Inch HVH 4-Hole Carburetor Spacer

A spacer is an easy way to power improvement, so you can always be guaranteed that it should have a place among your list of Chevy performance parts. A performer Edelbrock intake and a Holley 650-cfm carburetor topped the he 9.8:1 iron-headed 396 big-block for power additions.

Max power: 381 hp @ 5,000
Max torque: 442 lb-ft @ 3,100
Average power: 328 hp
Average torque: 427 lb-ft

Max power: 391 hp @ 5,000
Max torque: 451 lb-ft @ 4,200
Average power: 338 hp
Average torque: 439 lb-ft
Difference: +10 hp; +9 lb-ft

Price: $88

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Other Great Variants

Holley 1050 HP Carburetor

Max power: 694 hp @ 7,900
Max torque: 485 lb-ft @ 6,500
Average power: 640 hp
Average torque: 478 lb-ft

Max power: 705 hp @ 7,800
Average power: 494 lb-ft @ 6,500
Max torque: 652 hp
Average torque: 486 lb-ft
Difference: +11 hp; + 9 lb-ft

Price: $800

1967 Chevrolet Corvette

HP Tuner’s VCM Suite, Version 2.1

Max power: 442 hp @ 6,024
Max torque: 478 lb-ft @ 4,298
Average power: 352 hp
Average torque: 412 lb-ft

Max power: 460 hp @ 6,330
Max torque: 484 lb-ft @ 4,423
Average power: 379 hp
Average torque: 419 lb-ft
Difference: +18 hp; +6 lb-ft

Price: $350 & Up

Hooker Super Comp 2-Inch Headers With 18-Inch Collectors

Max power: 667 hp @ 5,900
Max torque: 686 lb-ft @ 4,400
Average power: 564 hp
Average torque: 628 lb-ft

Max power: 702 hp @ 6,000
Max torque: 696 lb-ft @ 4,700
Average power: 574 hp
Average torque: 642 lb-ft
Difference: +35 hp; + 10 lb-ft

Price: $740


Speed Demon 850

Max power: 345 hp @ 6,000
Max torque: 341 lb-ft @ 4,400
Average power: 265 hp
Average torque: 320 lb-ft

Max power: 360 hp @ 6,000
Max torque: 341 lb-ft @ 4,100
Average power: 268
Average torque: 318
Difference: +15 hp; +0 lb-ft

Price: $450 & up

Exhaust System


Air Flow Chevy Performance Parts For C5

When it’s time to toy around with some modifications and increase the performance of your Corvette, your best option is to go for the C5. While there are definitely many ways to alter power and interfere with the specs of the engine in the case of the C7 or the earlier C6, the options aren’t as vast as in this case. We like to believe that the C5 is still fresh enough to make for an interesting ride.

Interesting or not, your main priority needs to be to let your car breathe. When the power goes up, demands for the engine and air flow intake systems go up too.

Corvette Header System

Exhaust tube headers are half of an exhaust pipe system and one of the main two things that you should really consider having installed on your C5. They can often make the difference between a session of tuning and modifications, making it useful or not.

Chevrolet Corvette C5

The most important part of the exhaust headers is the shape of the collector, the section where the rest of the four tubes merge. The exhaust gas of the vehicle manages to maintain its velocity curtsy of the header system. This in turn, manages to significantly improve engine performance and the exhaust flow.

Corvette High-Performance Exhaust

In order to install an exhaust system that manages to reap only the best sows, there are some things that are necessary. The exhaust pipes need to have large diameters and the exhaust system needs to come equipped with low restriction mufflers. When this short checklist is attained, the engine’s breathing capacities are immediately boosted and performance and power take a new turn for the better.


Corvette Cold-Air Induction

To increase performance and power means that you need to allow your vehicle better ways to breathe. An improved air flow is complementary to the boost and Chevy performance parts that are dedicated to this particular goal are plenty to go around. Take our word for this when we say this, but there is virtually no way to go wrong when choosing to install a “Blackwing” cold-air induction system.

Blackwing is one of the best-quality flowing air intake systems around. Your C5 can have its factory air intake unit out-flown by as much as 90%. The unit replaces the stock air box and manages to blend in with its surroundings with a factory-built look.

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