The 1997 Corvette C5
Although the C4 Corvette was an amazing car, it was not until 1997 when Chevrolet introduced the C5 that a Corvette was manufactured that offered true touring comfort along with amazing performance. The C5 enabled drivers to tour in comfort and while having the power to compete on the racetrack.
This balance was an engineering marvel from the beginning. The C5’s basic construction featured a new frame that placed the transmission between the car’s rear tires. This helped to better distribute the weight and offset the mass of the engine.
The C5’s LS1 5.7-liter V8 engine was the first all-aluminum engine used during the production of Corvettes. Additionally, this type of small block engine had not been used by General Motors since 1955. The LS1 engine produced 345 horsepower and amazing torque. This meant that the C5 was super quick. Its four-speed automatic went from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a little over 5 seconds. The six-speed manual transmission dropped that time down to below 5 seconds.
When you first look at a 1955 Corvette, you may think it is not much different from the 1953 or 1954 model. Although the chassis and the body did not change much, this was the first Corvette that had a V8 engine under the hood.
The V8’s small block was amazing. The displacement of this engine was only 265-cubic-inches (4.3 liters). This the first small block engine was only rated at 195 horsepower. However, the torque production from the V8 pushed the Corvette into one of the top spots for sports cars.
The 1955 Corvette was not that fast; however, it was the stepping stone for the fast Corvettes we have grown to love and take for granted.
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2009 Corvette ZR1
The numbers of this car are mind blowing! This Corvette could go from 0 to 60 mph in an amazing 3.5 seconds thanks to its supercharged 638 hp 6.2-liter engine. The raw power of this car annihilates the quarter mile in eleven and a half seconds at 128.3 miles per hour. It can reach speeds of more than 200 miles per hour. The massive tires on this car help it stick to the pavement better. Finally, the 2009 Corvette ZR1 is the first Corvette to carry a six-figure price tag!
Although the ZR1 has amazing, it is one of the most civilized Corvettes ever to have been built. This car can be used for weekend adventures, commuting to work in style or racing down the speedway setting lap time records.
The last of the ZR1s were manufactured at the beginning on 2013. At this time, this amazing car was still winning comparison tests with some of the top cars on the market. This proves that the ZR1 is the most capable and fastest Corvette ever to have been built.