Classic Car Archive Specs, Facts, & History
The Chevrolet Corvette (C5) is a sports car produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors for the 1997 through 2004 model years. A major change from its predecessor the C4, the C5 featured a hydro-formed box frame, a design that offered an improved structural platform, especially for convertible body style.
The transmission was relocated to the rear of the car to form an integrated, rear-mounted transaxle assembly, connected to the all-new LS1 engine via a torque tube — an engine/transmission arrangement enabling a 50-50 (percentage, front-rear) weight distribution for improved handling. The LS1 engine initially produced 345 hp, subsequently increased in 2001 to 350 hp. The 4L60-E automatic transmission carried over from previous models, but the manual was replaced by a Borg-Warner T-56 6-speed capable of a 175 mph top speed. Relative to the C4, the new platform and structural design substantially reduced squeaks and rattles.
The C5 was also the first Corvette to incorporate a drive-by-wire throttle; and variable-effort steering, whereby the assist level of the power steering is varied according to vehicle speed (more at lower speeds, less at higher speeds).
For 2000, Chevrolet Corvette continues to offer sports cars in the hardtop, coupe or convertible, and all Corvette models are designed to provide a high-level of performance, safety and convenience, making them the eminent American sports car.
‘People who buy Corvette love Corvette. They love how it drives, performs on the open road and the lineage behind the nameplate,’ said Jim Campbell, Corvette brand manager. ‘With close to a half-century of engineering and designing feats behind it, Corvette begins the next decade with several changes that will enhance owners’ passion for their car.’
For 2000, the Z51 Performance Handling Package has been upgraded with the addition of larger front and rear stabilizer bars to help improve Corvette’s handling characteristics. This suspension package is standard on the hardtop, and optional on the coupe and convertible.
2000 Corvette came standard with new 5-spoke forged aluminum wheels, available with an optional high-polish finish. The two new exterior colors for coupe and convertible include a premium Millennium Yellow finish (an extra cost option) and Dark Bowling Green Metallic.
Inside Corvette, Torch Red is added to the selection of interior colors.
The LS1 features an aluminum engine block with a deep-skirt design, lightweight aluminum heads and a composite intake manifold that produces 345 horsepower.
Additional standard performance features included heavy-duty vented four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, Electronic Throttle Control, Traction Control, Goodyear Eagle extended mobility performance tires and a tire pressure monitor system.
Standing out as one of the most advanced stability-control systems of its kind, the optional Active Handling System is available on all Corvette models. This system works in conjunction with the ABS and Traction Control systems to selectively apply any of the four brakes in an effort to help the driver counteract potentially dangerous handling characteristics, such as severe oversteer or understeer.
Although changes from the previous model year were limited, the 2000 Corvette still boasted increased sales.
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|350 cu in 345hp||4.7||13.5 @ 103mph||Simulation|
|350 cu in||350 cu in||Injection||345hp @ 5600rpm||375 lb-ft@ 4400rpm|
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