Taking a page out of the Tesla playbook, Chevrolet is offering a software update for 2014-16 Corvettes equipped with Magnetic Ride Control that promise better ride and handling, and in the case of the Z06, faster lap times at the track!
For those of you unfamiliar with Magnetic Ride Control, it’s a system developed by Delphi Automotive that uses magnetically controlled dampers for a highly adaptive ride. First introduced in the Cadillac Seville STS in 2002, it’s now available on a number of GM vehicles, including the Corvette Stingray.
Announced at this year’s SEMA show, Chevrolet is offering Corvette owners a $350 calibration kit that that “improve performance and response while bettering ride quality”, as long as you own one of the following models:
- 2014-16 Stingray with Z51 features new calibrations in Tour and Sport modes.
- 2016 Stingray (non-Z51) features new calibrations in Tour, Sport, and Track modes.
- 2015-16 Z06 (non-Z07) features new calibrations in Tour, Sport, and Track modes.
- 2015-16 Z06 with Z07 Package features new calibrations in Tour, Sport, and Track modes.
“These new calibrations leverage the latest tuning strategies of the Corvette development team to offer increased performance, while improving ride quality,” said Jim Campbell, GM’s U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. “The result is a greater feeling of balance and more linear responses to driver inputs — changes you’ll feel and appreciate immediately.”
While $350 seems kind of steep for something that takes dealers all of 5 minutes to do, it’s a small price to pay to improve your car’s performance, so we say it’s a no-brainer.