C5 History (1997-2004)

Vehicle Type: - sports car
Configuration: - Front Engine
Engine: - 5.7 L LS1 V8
Horsepower: - 350 hp
Transmission: - 4-speed automatic and 6-speed Manual
Wheelbase: - 104.5 in
Length: - 179.7 in
Width: - 73.6 in
Height: - 47.7 in
Weight: - 3,300 lb

The Chevrolet Corvette C5 is a sports car and the fifth generation car manufactured by Chevrolet between the years 1997-2004.

During the first launched in 1997, hatchback coupe was available and later, trunk was available from the year 1998. The 1998 models also took part in the Indianapolis 500 mile race. Later on, the C5 models also took part in the 2002 and 2004 Indianapolis 500 mile race.

The C5 consists of a 5.7 L LS1 V8 engine with 4-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions. The engine delivers an output power of 345 hp which was later increased to 350 hp in the year 2001. The interiors are designed with plastic and leather.

Special Editions

Indianapolis 500 Pace Car

In the year 1998, a new edition of the C5 has been introduced which would take part in the Indianapolis 500 mile race. The car was painted in Radar Blue color and the interiors and wheels are painted in yellow and black colors. The car also consists of an active handling system, sound system, CD player, AM/Fm radio, adjustable leather sport seats and air conditioning system.

50th Anniversary Edition

This edition was launched in the year 2003, marking the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Corvette production. The car was available in both hatchback coupe and convertible models.

Over the years, a total of 248,715 cars were manufactured and each year, there are improvements

A new LS1 engine has been introduced.
Active Handling System was introduced and a special edition of C5 has been launched for the participation in the Indianapolis 500 mile race.

Hardtop coupe was offered.

Stylish alloy wheels made its debut.

Second Generation Active Handling System has been introduced and 5 hp increase in the engine power.

20 hp increase in the engine power.

50th Anniversary Edition was launched.

All the cars manufactured in this year contained the specifications that were used in the “24 Hours of Le Mans” race.

  • It was another landmark year for Corvette in that the 1997 C5 model was the first all-new Corvette in 13 years and only the fifth or sixth (depending upon your viewpoint) major change in the car's 44-year history.
  • The "fifth-generation" Corvette was offered only as a coupe in its debut year.
  • Among the equipment featured for the C5 was a new, more compact 5.7-liter LS1 V-8 that produced 350 hp and 345 lbs.-ft. of torque.
  • Although the engine was rated as 5.7-liter, the actual dimension was 5.669 liters as opposed to last years model of 5.733 liters
  • A rear-mounted transaxle opened up more interior space and helped maintain a near 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution.
  • An Electronic Throttle Control system allowed engineers a limitless range of throttle progression.
  • The 1997 Corvette's underbody structure was the stiffest in the car's history and consisted of two full-length, hydro-formed perimeter frame rails coupled to a backbone tunnel.
  • The rails consisted of a single piece of tubular steel, replacing the 14 parts used previously.
  • The cockpit of the all-new Corvette featured a twin-pod design reminiscent of the original 1953 Corvette.
  • The instrument panel contained traditional backlit analog gauges and a digital Driver Information Center that comprised a display of 12 individual readouts in four languages.
  • The new-design blunt tail section allowed for smoother airflow and resulting 0.29 coefficient of drag.
  • The C5 Corvette was offered with a 4L60-E electronic four-speed overdrive automatic as the base transmission and an optional six-speed manual transmission.
  • Corvettes came in Arctic White; Sebring Silver Metallic; Nassau Blue; Black; Light Carmine Red Metallic; Torch Red; and Fairway Green Metallic.
  • Interiors came in Black; Light Gray; and Firethorn Red.
  • Standard features included a removable body-color roof panel.
  • Leather seats were standard equipment.


RPO CJ2Dual-zone air conditioning$365
RPO AQ9Adjustable leather bucket seats, requires six-way power passenger seat$625
RPO G92Performance axle ratio, not available with six-speed manual transmission$100
RPO CYFCalifornia emission system$170
RPO JL4Active-handling System$500
RPO Z51Performance handling Package with Bilstein adjustable Ride-Control system$350
RPO F45Continuously Variable Real Time Damping, not available with RPO Z51 Pkg$1,695
RPO AABMemory package to recall settings for
  • outside rearview mirrors
  • radio
  • power seats
  • heating-ventilation and air-conditioning controls
RPO UlSRemote CD changer$600
RPO UNODelco/Bose music system$100
RPO V49Front license plate frame$15
RPO T96Fog lamps$65
RPO D42Luggage shade and cargo net$50
RPO B34Front floor mats$25
RPO B84Body side moldings$75
RPO C2LDual body color-keyed roof panel and blue transparent roof panel$950
RPO CC3Roof panel with blue tint$650
RPO AG2Power six-way passenger seat$305

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