Hawk HB649F.605 HPS Corvette Z06/Grand Sport high-performance front brake pad set
FITS: 2015 Corvette Z06, 2016 Corvette Z06, 2017 Corvette Z06 and Grand Sport, 2018 Corvette Z06 and Grand Sport, 2019 Corvette Z06 and Grand Sport; NOTE: ONLY fits models with J56 brakes (iron rotors); will NOT fit carbon ceramic J57 brakes
Fact: 2014-2019 Corvette C7 Z06 and Grand Sport brakes are among the best ever installed on a street car from the factory. So when it's time to replace your C7 Corvette brake pads, you want to maintain or improve that factory stopping performance. Hawk brake pads have established a legendary reputation among performance car enthusiasts for years, and they're a common go-to brake pad for Corvette owners who spend a lot of time on the race track. Thing is, you may not be a track rat; that doesn't mean you can't get the brake upgrades available from Hawk brake pads on your Z06 or Grand Sport thanks to Hawk's HPS line of brake pads.
HPS is short for High Performance Street, and in Hawk terminology that means they boost stopping power over the stock AC Delco brakes without introducing nasty characteristics that are common with aggressive, track-oriented Corvette brake pad compounds. Dust, noise and increased brake rotor wear are all acceptable at the track given the conditions at hand, but daily-driven Corvettes don't need the performance gains, so why put up with the drawbacks?
Hawk HPS brake pads are a Vette Lab go-to for increasing stopping power on street-legal vehicles, and we like how the Street HPS braking compound blends better stopping performance with good street manners. The average Corvette Z06 or Grand Sport should see 20-40% more stopping power and higher resistance to brake fade versus conventional replacement brake pads. The reduced brake fade is a huge benefit: You can still take these Hawk pads out for a good canyon blast and have better pedal feel and more consistent performance. Hawk claims the following attributes for HPS brake pads:
- Smooth braking feel
- Excellent for spirited driving
- Gentle on rotors and extended pad life
- Consistent brake release characteristics
- Increased stopping power
- For use with iron/steel rotors only
If you're looking for a Corvette performance shop to install your Hawk HPS brakes, or add just about any other performance product, Vette Lab maintains a full shop with skilled Corvette experts in the Metro Detroit area. Drop us a line and let us know how we can help you!
Finally, if you have questions about which brakes are on your 2014-2019 C7 Corvette, check out our C7 brake code identification guide here.