2000 Corvette

The 2000 Corvette had limited styling changes, though the five-spoke standard aluminum wheels were revised; despite their thinner spokes, they were now fully forged with a flow-formed rim for greater durability. A polished finish for the alloy wheels was newly optional; at $2,000, the optional magnesium wheels, which were now also available on the hardtop, cost a third less than before. A new body color, Millennium Yellow, was available for an additional $500.

The 2000 Corvette hardtop was an artifact of a plan for a stripped-down model aimed at all-out performance enthusiasts.
The 2000 Corvette hardtop, like the other C5 hardtops, was an artifact of an
aborted plan for a stripped-down model aimed at all-out performance enthusiasts.
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The proximity-based keyless-entry system, which was reported to be perplexing to many buyers, was discontinued for 2000 in favor of a more-conventional keyfob-button-controlled configuration. What's more, the passenger-side outside door lock was now deleted, leaving the driver-side key cylinder the only mechanical way to unlock the car from the outside in the case of a dead battery.

The Z51 Performance Handling Package added larger stabilizer bars at the front and rear, along with revised shock-absorber damping; these changes increased roll stiffness for added cornering stability without resulting in a noticeably harsher ride. Also for 2000, quality and engineering improvements were made to the manual-transmission shifter, Selective Real-Time Damping suspension, windshield seals, dual-zone climate control, seat belts, and seat materials and construction.

Power for the 2000 Corvette remained unchanged at 345 bhp.
Power for the 2000 Corvette remained unchanged at 345 bhp.

With fairly negligible price increases for 2000 boosting the hardtop to $38,705, the coupe to $39,280, and the convertible to $45,705, sales ticked up slightly, to 33,659 units on the year.

Encouraged by the C5-R's performance in 1999, Chevrolet replaced the race car's 6.0-liter engine with a 7.0-liter V-8 in 2000, gaining 20 horsepower. The car went on to place third and fourth in its class (10th and 11th overall) at the 24 Hours of LeMans in June 2000. It then racked up its first victory at the American LeMans Series race when Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim drove it at Ft. Worth, Texas, that September.

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