To clearly answer your question, it does have composite transverse leaf springs, front and rear. As Evl aludes, it is not used at all for suspension location. The springs last a long time without fatigue related stength loss. It also reduces unsprung weight. There is some adjustability for ride height (possibly for corner weight too). The primary disadvantage almost no aftermarket support for multiple choices of spring stiffness.
Let the rest of the world laugh the use of "leaf springs", they work well in this application. The rest of the world thinks DOHC are new and high tech.... the tech has been around for about 80 years or more.
They laugh at the use of at a push rod/OHV engine, yet the volumetric efficiency of the engine is as good as the DOHC engines, and is lighter and smaller to boot. Look at the fuel efficiency of the 2004 Z06 versus a 360 Modena, you will see the Corvette kicks the Ferrari's behind.
The Corvette is not about using "hot" technologies for the sake of saying they have them. They use the technology that gets the job done (meets the performance specs) for the least money and best reliability. The KISS principle, if you will. They have added a ton of luxury items that add too much weight and complications to continue to meet their market demands, but on the engine and suspension side they have resisted the stuf that doesn't add performance.
Edit: wow I am a terribly slow typist and am taking care of my baby while typing. several people answered while I was typing!
Aubergine/Black, Touring, Sport, and Hardtop
Last edited by Racer X; 12-30-2004 at 08:04 AM.