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.”
It was announced that an all-new C5 Corvette was on track for the 1997 model year, and with testing already underway on the new model, changes for the 1995 Corvette would remain incremental at best. Revised “gill” air vents now graced the car’s front fenders. Inside, seats carried stronger “French” seam stitching, the CD player was given stronger mounting to prevent skipping, and several adhesive-fabric straps were installed in key places around the cabin to help reduce rattles.
Other slight exterior changes distinguished the 1995 Corvettes. The larger brakes, which had been part of Z07 and Z51 performance packages, were now standard on all Corvettes.
In April 1995, after six years and a production run of 6939 sports cars, the ZR-1 version of the Chevrolet Corvette slipped into the past tense. The last ZR-1, the 448th copy of the 1995 model, rolled off the assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and straight across the street into the National Corvette Museum.
The standard LT1 engine’s refinement process continued, though power remained at 300 hp. Connecting rods were revised to improve strength and weight uniformity, the engine fan was made quieter, and the fuel-injection system was improved to account for the use of alcohol-blend fuels and to reduce fuel dripping when the engine was turned off.
Likewise, enhancements to the electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission afforded even smoother shifting, and the unit’s torque converter was made lighter but stronger. Since the available extended-mobility tires effectively did away with the need for a spare, buyers who chose the optional run-flat rubber could delete the spare tire (in the name of weight reduction as well as a lower price) via RPO N84 for a $100 credit.
A near-stock LTI convertible paced the Indy 500 in 1995, and Chevy marked the occasion with the RPO Z4Z Pace Car Replica. This $2,816 package was limited to convertibles, and included Dark Purple Metallic over Arctic White paint, a white top, and unique graphics and trim. Of the 527 replicas built, 87 were sent to the Indy 500 and/or used for public relations purposes, 20 were exported, and the remaining 415 were doled out to Chevrolet’s top-performing U.S. dealers.
Prices had risen by a small amount and were now up to $36,875 for the coupe and $43,665 for the ragtop — and dealers were discounting. Sales slid by several thousand units, however, and were down to 20,742 for the model year.
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|350 cu in 300hp LT-1||5.1||13.8 @ 105 mph||Simulation|
|350 cu in 405hp ZR1||4.7||13.3 @ 108 mph||Simulation|
|350 cu in LT-1||350 cu in||Injection||300 hp @ 5000rpm||340lb-ft @ 5200 rpm|
|350 cu in LT-5||350 cu in||injection||405 hp @ 5800 rpm||385lb-ft @ 5200|
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