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Old 01-13-2003, 12:34 PM   #1
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The 1997-Current Corvette is referred to as the C5 or "Fifth Generation" Corvette. This is the first totally new Corvette -- the 1953 Corvette used parts shared with other Chevrolets, but in addition to a totally redesigned body, the 1997 Corvette employed a new frame, engine and rear mounted transmission. The 1997 model year was a short production year.

In 1998 Corvette produced its fourth Indy Pace Car Replica model.

In 1999 Chevrolet brought out a fixed roof coupe they call a "Hardtop" version, the first "fixed roof" model since 1967. Current models include the convertible, the coupe and the hardtop.

The 2000 Corvette employed few external changes. New wheels were introduced, a standard version and a hi-polished version, and the passenger's outside door key lock entry was discontinued. In January another new 2000 standard painted wheel was introduced (shown above.)

2001 saw the introduction of the Z06 model. Based on the fixed roof coupe model, the Z06 is Chevrolet's race ready model. The Z06 comes with the LS6 engine and functioning front air intake grills and functioning rear brake duct air intake grills directly behind the doors. The 6-speed manual transmission is the only engine available in the Z06.

In 2002 the Z06's LS6 engine was upped to 405 H.P.

2003 is Corvette's 50th anniversary. A 50th anniversary option is available on the coupe and convertible, but not on the Z06. The 50th anniversary option consists of a special "Anniversary Red" paint, a special "shale" colored interior and special 50th Anniversary badging. The Z06 remained unchanged from the 2002 model.

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# Produced: 1997: 9,752 (All were Coupes)

1998: 31,084 (19,235 Coupes) (11,849 Convertibles) (*1,163 Pace Car Replicas)

1999: 33,270 (18,078 Coupes) (11,161 Convts) (4,031 FRCs)

2000: 33,682 (18,113 Coupes) (13,479 Convts) (2,090 FRCs)

2001: 35,627(15,681 Coupes) (14,173 Convts) (5,773 Z06s)

2002: 35,767(14,760 Coupes) (12,710 Convts) (8,297 Z06s)

2003: Still in production.

C5 Base Engine: 1997-2000 V8, 5.7L, 345 H.P., Fuel Induction SFI

2001-current V8, 5.7L, 350 H.P. (2001 Z06 385 H.P., 2002-current Z06 405 H.P.)

Major Options: 6-speed manual transmission; performance handling suspension, head-up instrument display, custom wheels and the National Corvette Museum delivery option. An interesting credit option in 1999 was a "Recent College Graduate" credit of $400 off the sticker price.
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I've got a 99 and I love it. Had a 94 that was a 6 speed. Wanted an A4 for drag racing and rather than try to convert I sold the C4 and upgraded to the C5. Much more comfortable car.

My stock and similarly modded C5 ran better than my LT1.

My LT1 had a cam in it and my best ET was 13.21
My LS1 has a cam in it and my best ET is 11.66

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I've got a 99 and I love it. Had a 94 that was a 6 speed. Wanted an A4 for drag racing and rather than try to convert I sold the C4 and upgraded to the C5. Much more comfortable car.

My stock and similarly modded C5 ran better than my LT1.

My LT1 had a cam in it and my best ET was 13.21
My LS1 has a cam in it and my best ET is 11.66

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WOW!!!! :eek: :eek: :eek:
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Yup the LS1/6 respond well to mods
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Yup the LS1/6 respond well to mods
No kidding. They should have un-corked that motor from the factory.... didn't seem to cost that much more.
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