• 2014 Corvette with Z51 package is heavily delayed
  • Some Z51-equipped 'Vettes are a year away
  • The Z51 package adds a long list of performance upgrades 

If you want a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette with the optional Z51 Performance Package, be prepared to wait. The high-performance sports car now has a year-long waiting list with the Z51 package, meaning shoppers who select the package are already placing orders for 2015 Corvette models. 

While long waiting lists are common for drivers interested in the hottest Ferrari or Porsche, it's uncommon in the Corvette community. The reason is that Corvette has traditionally sold in larger volumes than European sports cars, which have more trouble adjusting production to meet demand. 

In this case, the problem isn't the Corvette itself -- it's the Z51 Performance Package. Demand for the sport-oriented option group has been much higher than Chevrolet thought, and the automaker can't produce Z51 models fast enough. The result is the long delays we're seeing here. 

So if you're ordering a new Corvette, do we recommend skipping the Z51 package? Absolutely not. Sure, you may get your car sooner if you don't pick the high-performance option group, which adds $2,800 to a Corvette's base price. But you'll miss out on sport-themed features such as a limited-slip differential, performance suspension and brakes, gear ratios tuned for acceleration and an aero package. That 75 percent of Corvette buyers are choosing the Z51 package proves its gotta-have-it status. 

Plus, it's not like you'll get your Corvette much sooner without the Z51 upgrade. Most shoppers now ordering new Corvette models are being told the car won't be delivered until next spring or summer. Such is life for a high-demand car in its very first year on the market. 

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray represents the beginning of the Corvette's seventh generation. The iconic sports car debuted in 1953 and has served as Chevrolet's flagship model ever since. Today's Corvette has a 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and a base price of around $52,000. 

What it means to you: If you're looking for a Corvette with Z51, don't fear: It's worth it. Plus, we wouldn't be surprised if the 1-year delay is on the conservative side.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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