1997 Corvette Specifications

Exceptional braking, handling, ride, comfort, roominess, ergonomics, and value -- the 1997 Corvette C5 had it all. And it was one of the fastest cars in the world to boot. The six-speed went from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, a half-second less than an LT4 and just as quickly as the 405-bhp ZR-1. A 172 mph top speed put it about two mph in front of the fastest C4 and just seven mph shy of the ZR-1. On the skid pad, its .93g was the best number ever achieved by a production Corvette, while braking from 60 mph was a supercar-short 125 feet. Here are the specifications for the 1997 Corvette:

The 1997 Corvette was the first Corvette with a rear-mounted transmission linked to the engine via a stout aluminum tube.
The 1997 Corvette was the first production Corvette with a rear-mounted
transmission linked to the engine via a stout aluminum tube.

Vehicle Specifications
Hatchback
Wheelbase, inches
104.5
Length, inches
179.7
Width, inches
73.6
Track, inches
front: 62.0 rear: 62.0
Height, inches
47.7
Curb weight, pounds
3,230

Mechanical Specifications (2-door hatchback)

Suspension
front: Independent; upper and lower A-arms, transverse composite monoleaf spring, tube shock absorbers, antiroll bar
rear: Independent, upper and lower A-arms, toe links,
transverse composite monoleaf springs, tube shock absorbers, antiroll bar

Wheels/Tires
front: P245/45ZR-17

rear: P275/40ZR-18

Brakes
front: anti-lock 12.8-inch disc
rear: anti-lock 12.0-inch disc

Transmission
4-speed automatic
6-speed manual

Standard axle ratio
2.73:1 (auto) 3.42:1 (manual)

Engine Specifications

Typeohv V-8
Displacement, liters/cu inch
5.7/350
Bore × Stroke, inches
3.90 x 3.62
Fuel ManagementSequential Injection
Horsepower @ rpm345 @ 5,600
Torque @ rpm, pound-foot350 @ 4,400

Published Performance Numbers

Acceleration345 hp, 6-speed manual
0-60 mph, sec
4.8
0-100 mph, sec
11.5
1/4-mile, sec @ mph13.3 @ 108.0

Source: Road & Track

Vehicle Production and Base Prices

Car Type
Production Price
2-door coupe
9,752
$37,495.00

Options and Production

Option Production Price
Memory Package
6,186
$150.00
Power Passenger Seat
8,951
305.00
Sport Seats6,711
625.00
Floor Mats
9,371
25.00
Body Side Moldings
4,366
75.00
Dual Removable Roof Panels
416
950.00
Removable Roof Panel, blue tint
7,213
650.00
Electronic Dual Zone Air Conditioning
7,999
365.00
Luggage Shade and Parcel Net
8,315
50.00
Selective Real Time Damping, electronic
3,094
1,695.00
Performance Axle Ratio (Automatic only)
2,739
100.00
6-Speed Manual Transmission
2,809
815.00
Massachusetts/New York Emissions
677
170.00
Fog Lamps
8,829
69.00
Delco Stereo System w/CD
6,282
100.00
Remote Compact 12-Disc Changer
4,496
600.00
Front License Plate Frame
2,258
15.00
California Emissions
885
170.00
Performance Handling Package
1,077
350.00

Color Choices and Production

Color Choice
Production Color Choice
Production
Arctic White1,341
Sebring Silver Metallic2,164
Nassau Blue Metallic292
Black2,393
Light Carmine Red Metallic
381
Torch Red3,026
Fairway Green Metallic155


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