The 1998 Corvette paced the Indy 500 and a special model was
In 1999 the Corvette received a heads-up display that was
projected on the windshield. A third coupe body style, the Z06, was offered in
addition to the hatchback and convertible. The Z06 coupe featured a new LS-6
engine that was delivering 385 horsepower for the 2001 model and 405 horsepower
for the 2002 model year, matching the (LT-5) horsepower rating.
In 2003 there was a special 50th anniversary edition
made available that featured a deep red color.
In 2005 Chevy engineers wanted to design the ultimate Corvette
that incorporated all the best features of the previous Corvettes, with none of
the problems. It was also a goal to bring the price down to increase sales. The
engineers started by making the car lighter, changing the body design to look
more aggressive and installing a new engine to make the car faster than any of
the previous Corvettes in base form. The model received a new LS-2 engine that
develops 400 horsepower and 400 ft lbs of torque. This is net horsepower not
gross, so today’s Corvette is developing more horsepower than any of the 427s
in the early years. The Corvette also received exposed headlights, the first
since 1962, for a design feature and elimination of the heavy mechanisms
necessary for hideaway headlights.
The new base model Corvette does 0-60 in 4.2 seconds and turns
the quarter in 12.6 seconds at 114 mph. The Z06 Corvette is still available and
the special engine is rated at 505 horsepower. This special edition Z06 can go
from 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and it turns the quarter mile in 11.7 seconds at 125
mph. The top-of-the-line ZR1 Corvette features a supercharger and the engine
produces 638 horsepower. The ZR1 does 0-60 in 3.4 seconds and turns the quarter
mile in 11.3 seconds at 131 mph.
Over the years, the Corvette has earned a reputation for being
one of the ultimate American sports cars, and it all started in 1951 when a
design legend wanted to have a car that could compete with the English sports