Classic Car Archive Specs, Facts, & History
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 1988 Chevrolet Corvette was the 35th anniversary for the Corvette. To celebrate Chevrolet made a 35th anniversary model and 2,050 were sold. This option included white paint with a black roof bow, white leather interior including the steering wheel, white painted wheels and special badging inside and out. It was only available on coupes.
New additions for the 1988 Vette included carpeted door sills, solution dyed carpet and improved ventilation for coupes. A new muffler system was standard on coupes with the 3.07:1 rear axle ratio, it provided an extra 5 horsepower due to its less restrictive flow.
The new muffler system was deemed too loud for the convertible and the 2.59:1 rear axle ratio coupes and was not installed. Standard brake rotors were thickened and suspension changes were made to improve control during heavy braking. The Z51 and Z52 options were upgraded to include 17 × 9.5 inch wheels with P275/40ZR-17 tires mounted on them. The Z51 option also included a finned power steering cooler, higher spring rates and larger front brake rotors and calipers than 1987.
While the 35th Anniversary car was a sellout, it wasn’t enough to lift the Corvette’s fortunes at dealerships. The sales downturn continued for 1988, with production slipping to just under 23,000 units, the lowest model-year total since 1972.
Meanwhile, the C4 was continuing Corvette’s winning ways on the track — it was the undefeated class champion in SCCA Showroom Stock racing for three straight years. Fifty-six street-legal cars were built for the 1998 SCCA Corvette Challenge series. Stock engines would come from the CPC engine plant in Flint, Michigan, shipped to Bowling Green for installation, and the cars would then be trucked back to Wixom, Michigan, for roll cages and other racing modifications. During the course of the year, Chevy would replace most engines, however, swapping them for motors having more evenly calibrated power output.
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|350 cu in 245hp||5.4||13.8 @ 106 mph||Simulation|
|350 cu in||350 cu in||Injection||240/245 hp @ 4000rpm||350 lb-ft @ 3200|
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