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The Chevrolet Corvette (C4) was a sports car produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors for the 1984 through 1996 model years.
The editors of Consumer Guide stated: "The first fully redesigned Corvette in 15 years was more sophisticated and more practical than the beloved Shark.
The 1984 C4 Corvette was known for its evolved, sleek and modern look. In a departure from the fiberglass panels of its earlier kin, the C4’s rear bumpers and panels were made from molding plastics, a sheet molding compound.
The 1984 C4 coupe was the first general production Corvette to have a glass hatchback (the limited edition 1982 Collectors Edition being the first Corvette equipped with this feature) for better storage access. It also had all new brakes with aluminum calipers. The Corvette C4 came standard with an electronic dashboard with a digital liquid crystal display dash, with graphics for speed and RPM and digital displays for other important engine functions.
Under the hood was a 205hp 5.7L 350 ci V8. There was an optional Z51 performance handling package which has tire and wheel upgrades, performance shocks/springs/stabilizer-bars, quicker steering gear ratio, and performance rear axle ratio.
Exterior colors are listed as Gold metallic, Red, Black, Light Blue metallic, Medium Blue metallic, Light Bronze metallic, Silver metallic, Gray metallic, White, and Dark Bronze metallic.
The 1984 C4 represented a clean break from the previous generation of Corvette with a completely new chassis and modern, sleeker styling. Since emissions regulations were still changing and electronic engine management was in its infancy, horsepower was, compared to earlier generations, low.
Therefore, the primary design emphasis, at least for the launch, was on handling. The price of this no-holds-barred emphasis on handling was ride comfort, especially with the Z51 performance and handling package.
The 1984 model year was the second highest production year in Corvette history. The 1983 model year was skipped because the new C4 wasn’t ready for production due to quality and build issues. The C4 was officially on sale in the US in March of 1983 (except in California). This made the model year longer than normal which is one of the reasons for the high sales figures. The California version was officially available in April of 1983. All 1984 models were produced at the Bowling Green, Kentucky factory.
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|350 cu in 245hp||6.7||15.1 @ 100mph||Simulation|
|350 cu in||350 cu in||TBI Injection||205hp@ 5400rpm||290ft-lb@ 4200 rpm|
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