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Chevrolet Corvette C5


Chevrolet Corvette C5

With a presence on the US scene for nearly 50 years, the Corvette has the longest production run of any supercar, the 1997 C5 being the fifth generation. An all-new small-block V8 engine called the LSI was designed for the C5, and it returned to pushrods. With new cylinder heads, a composite induction system, electronic fuel injection plus electronic throttle control, the motor revved in an instant like a race car and was strong throughout the range. Having a glass-fibre body and magnesium wheels, the Corvette stayed relatively lightweight. The floor was balsa wood sandwiched between steel sheets to help stiffen the structure, while the steel chassis had a few tricks up its sleeve, with alloy suspension arms and a composite monoleaf rear spring. The gearbox was part of the transaxle at the rear, thus distributing the weight evenly and making the handling superb.

Chevrolet Corvette C5 Specifications

Top speed:175 mph (281 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):4.7 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:347 ci (5,686 cc)
Transmission:6-speed manual
Max power:345 bhp (257 kW) @ 5,400 rpm
Max torque:350 lb ft (474 Nm) @ 4,400 rpm
Weight:3,220 lb (1,464 kg)
Economy:20.2 mpg (7.2 km/I)
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