1981 Corvette Specifications

Exterior appearance was all but unchanged, but underskin improvements continued for the 1981 Corvette. Among the most timely was a new fuel-saving lockup feature for the automatic transmission. Here are the specifications for the 1981 Corvette:

 

1981 Corvette
There was only one engine offered for the 1981 Corvette, a new 190-bhp L81, standard for all 50 states.

 

Vehicle Specifications
Coupe
Wheelbase, inches
98.0
Length, inches
185.3
Width, inches
69.0
Track, inches
front: 58.7 rear: 59.4
Height, inches
48.0
Curb weight, pounds
3,345

Mechanical Specifications (2-door coupe)

Suspension
front: Independent; upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers, antiroll bar
rear: Independent, lateral leaf springs, struts, U-joint halfshafts, trailing arms, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers

Wheels/Tires
P225/70R-15

Brakes
front: 11.75-inch disc
rear: 11.75-inch disc

Transmission
3-speed Hydra-Matic
4-speed manual

Standard axle ratio
2.87:1 (auto) 2.72:1 (manual)

Engine Specifications

Type ohv V-8
Displacement, liters/cubic inch
5.7/350
Bore X stroke, inches4.00 X 3.48
Fuel management
1 X 4-bbl.
Horsepower @ rpm
180 @ 4,200
Torque @ rpm, pound-foot
280 @ 1,600

Published Performance Numbers

Acceleration190 hp, 4-speed manual
0-60 mph, second
8.1
0-100 mph, second
NA
1/4-mile, second @ mph
NA

Vehicle Production and Base Prices

Car Type
Production Price
2-door coupe
40,606 $16,258.52

Options and Production

Option Production Price
Power Door Locks
36,322
$145.00
Power Driver Seat
29,200
$183.00
Removable Glass Roof Panels
29,905
$414.00
Rear Window Defogger
36,893
$119.00
Electric Sport Mirrors
13,567
$117.00
Two-Tone Paint
5,352
$399.00
Gymkhana Suspension
7,803
$57.00
Heavy Duty Shock Absorbers1,128
$37.00
Performance Axle Ratio
2,400
$20.00
Cruise Control32,522
$155.00
4-Speed Manual Transmission 5,757
$0.00
Aluminum Wheels36,485
$428.00
White Letter SBR Tires, P255/70R15
21,939 $72.00
White Letter SBR Tires, P255/60R1518,004 $491.92
Radio Delete
315
-$118.00
AM/FM Radio, etr stereo w/8-track tape
8,262
$386.00
AM/FM Radio, etr stereo w/8-track & CB
792
$712.00
AM/FM Radio, etr stereo w/cassette
22,892
$423.00
AM/FM Radio, etr stereo w/cassette & CB
2,349
$750.00
AM/FM Radio, stereo5,145
$95.00
Power Antenna
32,903
$55.00
Roof Panel Carrier
3,303
$135.00
California Emission Certification
4,951
$46.00
Trailer Package
916
$110.00

Color Choices and Production

Color Choice
Production
Mahogany Metallic
1,092
Code 13 Silver Metallic
2,590
Code 33 Silver Metallic3,369
Bright Blue Metallic1
Code 39 Charcoal Metallic
613
Code 84 Charcoal Metallic
3,485
Dark Bronze432
Maroon Metallic
1,618
Red
4,310
Yellow
1,031
Silver/Dark Blue
NA
Beige/Dark Bronze
NA
White
6,387
Black
4,712
Code 28 Dark Blue Metallic
2,522
Code 28 Dark Blue Metallic
496
Code 50 Beige
2,239
Code 59 Beige
3,842
Autumn Red
1,505
Dark Claret Metallic
NA
Silver/Charcoal
NA
Autumn Red/Dark Claret
NA

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1978 Corvette
1979 Corvette 1980 Corvette
1981 Corvette 1982 Corvette

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