C4 History (1983-1996)


Specifications
Vehicle Type: - 2 door coupe and convertible
Engine: - 5.7 L L83 V8, 5.7 L L98 V8, 5.7 L LT1 V8 and 5.7 L LT4 V8
Transmission: - 4-speed automatic, 4+3 manual and 6-speed Manual
Wheelbase: - 96.2 in
Length: - 4,480 in 1984-1989, 4,540 in 1990-1992 and 4,530 in 1993-1996
Width: - 1,880 mm in 1984-1992 and 1,800 in 1993-1996
Height: - 1,190 mm in 1984-1992, 1,180 mm in 1993-1996
Weight: - 3,239 lb

The Chevrolet Corvette C4 is a sports car and the fourth generation in the Corvettes series manufactured by Chevrolet between the years 1984-1996.

The Corvette C4 is well known for its looks where the body is made of injected molding plastics. It also contains electronic dashboard that displays speed and RPM and brakes with aluminum calipers. The very first Corvette C4 contained an L83 V8 engine with 4+3 manual transmission that delivered an output power of 205 hp and 290 lb-ft torque.

In the year 1989, 4-speed manual transmission was used, which was linked with automatic overdrive on the first three gears. Later in 1992, ZF 6-speed manual transmission was introduced and in that year, the LT4 engine was placed, which delivered an output power of 330 hp.

Different types of Corvette C4

B2K Callaway Twin-Turbo

The B2K Callaway Twin-Turbo was launched in the year 1987, which is considered one of Chevroletís most technically advanced and high performance car. The early cars delivered an output power of 345 hp and 450 lb-ft torque and the next version cars delivered an output power of 345 hp and 450 lb-ft torque.

A version of this car called the Calloway Sledgehammer Corvette, which was limited to one car, delivered a record output power of 880 bhp and a record speed of 254.76 mph at the Ohio's Transportation Research Center track. Although this speed was never achieved on regular street and was never officially documented.

ZR1

The ZR1 consisted of an LT5 V8 engine along with 32 valves and four overhead camshafts and delivered an output power of 375 hp. The car consisted of modified steering and braking systems and ensured perfect driving control. The car also set seven international records for its speed at different races. The ZR1 reaches the speed of 60 mph in 4.6 seconds with top speed of 180+ mph.

ZR1 Active Suspension Prototype

This model was launched in the year 1990 which includes the active hydraulic suspension specially designed for this car. A total of 25 cars have been manufactured in this model.

  • An aerodynamic exterior featuring an "acute" windshield rake (64 degrees) covered a series of engineering improvements.
  • A one-piece, full-width fiberglass roof (no T-bar) was removable.
  • It had a transparent, acrylic lift-off panel with a solar screen optional.
  • At the rear was a frameless glass back window or hatch above four round tail lamps.
  • Hidden headlamps were featured, along with clear, integrated halogen fog lamps and front cornering lamps.
  • The dual sport mirrors were electrically remote controlled.
  • The unit body (with partial front frame) used a front-hinged "clam shell" hood with integral twin-duct air intake.
  • The sole 1984 V-8 was L83 350-cid (5.7-liter) V-8 with cross-fire fuel injection.
  • Stainless steel headers led into its exhaust system.
  • The air cleaner and the valve train had cast magnesium covers.
  • After being unavailable in 1982, a four-speed manual gearbox returned as the standard Corvette transmission (although not until January 1984).
  • A four-plus-three-speed automatic with computer-activated overdrive in every gear except first, was offered at no extra cost.
  • It used a hydraulic clutch.
  • Overdrive was locked out during rigorous acceleration above specified speeds and when a console switch was activated.
  • Under the chassis were an aluminum drive shaft, forged-aluminum suspension arms, and a fiberglass transverse leaf spring.
  • Power rack-and-pinion steering and power four-wheel disc brakes were standard.
  • Optional Goodyear 50-series "uni-directional" tires were designed for mounting on a specific wheel.
  • Inside, an electronic instrument panel featured both analog and digital LCD readouts in either English or metric measure.
  • A Driver Information System between the speedometer and tachometer gave a selection of switch-chosen readings.
  • At the driver's left was the parking brake.
  • Corvette's ample standard equipment list included an advanced (and very necessary) theft-prevention system with starter-interrupt.
  • Other standard equipment included: air conditioning; power windows; electronic-tuning seek/scan AM/FM stereo radio with digital clock; reclining bucket seats; leather-wrapped tilt/telescope steering wheel; luggage security shade; and side window defoggers.
  • Body colors were
  • White
  • Bright Silver Metallic
  • Medium Gray Metallic
  • Black
  • Light Blue Metallic
  • Medium Blue Metallic
  • Gold Metallic
  • Light Bronze Metallic
  • Dark Brown Metallic
  • Bright Red
  • Two-tone options were
  • Silver and Medium Gray
  • Light Blue and Medium Blue
  • Light Bronze and Dark Bronze
  • Interior colors came in Carmine; Bronze; Graphite; Medium Blue; Medium Gray; and Saddle

OPTIONS
RPO AG9Power driver seat$210
RPO AQ9Sports cloth seats$210
RPO AR9Base leather seats$400
RPO AU3Power door locks$165
RPO CC3Removable transparent roof panel$595
RPO D84Two-tone paint$428
RPO FG3Delco-Bilstein shock absorbers$189
RPO G92Performance axle ratio$22
RPO KC4Engine oil cooler$158
RPO K34Cruise control$185
RPO MM4Four-speed manual transmissionno-cost option
RPO QZDP255/50VR-16 tires and 16-inch wheels$561.20
RPO ULSRadio delete$331 credit
RPO UM6AM-FM stereo radio with cassette$153
RPO UN8AM-FM stereo with Citizens Band$153
RPO UU8Delco-Bose stereo system$895
RPO VO1Heavy-duty radiator$57
RPO YF5California emissions certification$75
RPO Z51Performance handling package$600.20
RPO Z6ARear window and side mirror defoggers$160

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