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).
The 2002 Corvette was changed in a few areas from the 2001 model. Those changes included such improvements as a lighter cast aluminum automatic transmission case, cast aluminum stabilizer links in the optional Z51 Performance Handling Package, revised rear shock valving, new high-performance front brake pads, and cast aluminum wheels. The Coupe and Convertible get a new AM/FM stereo with an in-dash CD player and an available 12-disc changer.
The Z06 Option continued in 2002 with a horsepower rating of 405. When outfitted with the unique six-speed manual transmission, it enables skilled drivers to achieve 0-60 mph times of 3.9 seconds and to cover a quarter mile in 12.4 seconds at 116 mph. By comparison, the 2001 power train combination achieved 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds and the quarter mile in 12.6 seconds at 114 mph.
“While the 2002 Z06 is the quickest Vette to date, the Corvette team never lost sight of the fact that the Z06 is a total performance package. With this goal in mind, the suspension has been improved to keep the Z06 the well balanced sports car that it is, and the standard against which all other sports cars are measured,” said Dave Hill, the Corvette Chief Engineer.
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|350 cu in 350hp||4.5||13.2 @ 105mph||Simulation|
|350 cu in 405 hp||3.9||12.4 @ 116 mph||Simulation|
|350 cu in||350 cu in||Injection||405 hp @ 6000 rpm||400 lb-ft @4800 rpm|
|350||350 cu in||Injection||350 hp @ 5600 rpm||375 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm|
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