1984 Corvette Specs

Total 1984 Corvettes Built- 54,547, All Coupes

Corvette. The name first appeared 30 years ago in a limited-edition styling variation of an experimental Chevrolet show car. Through succeeding years, the Corvette evolved from showcase car to a performance machine that typified the American lifestyle – fast, young and sexy. And though from time to time other American carmakers attempted products to vie with Corvette, none could truly compare, and none survive today. In recent years Corvette’s primary competition in the marketplace has come from the exotic imports from Germany and Italy. But now it is another era. And now there is a new Corvette. One that marks a profound turning point in the proud Corvette lineage. This is a complete performance machine that manifests much more than Corvette’s traditional attributes of styling distinction and power. Here is a Corvette equally adept at cornering, braking, top speed and acceleration. A Corvette that bends brute strength with luxury and comfort. A Corvette that introduces new standards or precision, control, style and finesse. You will come to know a new American sports car that blends the complexities of space-age technology and advancements in automotive engineering to achieve what has never been achieved before. The New Corvette.

Challenge. A total new design. Not of a car. Of a legend. This will be a new chapter in a proud history. There is a unique 30-year heritage to be upheld. Upheld, and enhanced. So, make it new, strikingly new. Make it trim, taut, and thoroughly contemporary. Make it timeless and intelligent. Clearly the new Corvette would have to be more than just a new Corvette. It would have to be a better Corvette. Or else why change? A better Corvette from the ground up. A Corvette so fresh, so striking, so sophisticated it will attract the eyes and minds of many who have never looked our way before. And when it’s done, there is still one thing it must be above all else. The one thing no other car in the world can be. A Corvette. All that considered, the challenge becomes clear: the new Corvette must simply be the ultimate expression of the automotive art. Every line. Every curve. Every piece. Every part.

A most acute windshield rake for a production car: 64.7 degrees. Hidden headlights tumble forward 158 degrees as they emerge, revealing a lean, aerodynamic shape. Clear, integrated halogen fog lamps. Front and rear side-mounted cornering lamps. Twin sport mirrors are electrically adjusted and aerodynamically shaped. Body side rub strip is an integral part of the body design. Frameless glass rear window doubles as a hatch, with invisible hinge. Removable one-piece roof, with no T-bar, helps recreate the open-air feeling of sports cars past. Four functional circular taillights.

The new Corvette has the lowest coefficient of drag of any Corvette ever tested, .341. To achieve it, the car underwent exhaustive wind-tunnel testing in scale model, full-size clay, and prototype stages. New methods of monitoring turbulence as it relates to a moving car were employed. Every line, every curve, every design element was subjected to intensive aerodynamic scrutiny. And the cockpit when the roof is off, is remarkably free of annoying airflow disturbances. Corvette puts the wind to work. It efficiently controls captured air to help feed the engine and cool the brakes. This is a good example of technology developed in the wind tunnel. The new Corvette: truly a study in applied aerodynamics.

The Corvette communication center. You’ve never seen an instrument panel like this one. At least not in a vehicle designed to remain on the ground. A multitude of relevant information is electronically displayed in vivid detail. Electronic liquid crystals display multicolored readouts, analog and digital. Speed, engine revolutions, and numerical readouts of engine and electrical conditions, fuel consumption and trip mileage data are provided in your choice of language: English or metric. Conversion from one language to the other is handled in an instant with a flip of the switch located to the right of the instrument panel. The entire system is illuminated brightly enough to be read easily even in full daylight. Illumination intensity is controlled automatically by a built-in photoelectric cell. The Driver Information System, located between the speedometer and tachometer, is worthy of close inspection. Digital readouts in this cluster pull double duty to give the driver a choice of several different instrumentation combinations. A set of switches enables you to select readouts of oil pressure or oil temperature, engine coolant temperature or voltage, trip odometer or mileage range on available fuel, instantaneous fuel consumption or average fuel consumption. An additional system on the console warns the driver of unfastened seat belts, low brake-line pressure or engaged parking brake, door ajar, hatch ajar, and Electronic Control Module malfunction. This system also reminds the driver to set Corvette’s anti-theft system by locking the doors when exiting the vehicle. Corvette’s new instrumentation is more accurate and more immediate than conventional gages, and surely more informative.

Corvette shows its true colors. Corvette colors are carefully chosen and painstakingly applied. The paint system for the new Corvette is one of the most advanced in the world. We’re using a new kind of paint with new chemistry and a new multi-step process. First, the body-in-white (in-mold coated fiberglass) is carefully sanded; then it receives a coat of Polane primer. It’s baked, wet-sanded to prepare a smooth surface a smooth surface, primed again, then inspected and spot-sanded to remove any imperfections in the primer coat. All this before the first coast of color is applied. The entire paint operation is contained in a dust-free, clean-room environment in which the air pressure is maintained positive to keep foreign airborne contaminants from entering. New Corvette owners are certain to appreciate the car’s advanced paint application system. With all 10 exterior colors, there are two wet-on-wet base coats of clear enamel, also followed by oven curing. To top it all off, every new Corvette gets a gently buffing with lambswool-type polishing pads.

Anti-corrosion measures. An extensive program has been designed to help the new Corvette withstand the elements even better than any previous model. Fiberglass, the material used in exterior body panels, will not rust. The steel understructure of the body is 100% galvanized and dip painted. As a major anti-corrosion effort, the new Corvette features extensive use of aluminum alloys, magnesium and stainless steel. Underbody steel brackets, clamps, clips, braces and retainers are coated or painted to withstand a severe salt spray durability standard. And the steel underbody members receive a special protective coating.

Color Options
Exterior Colors
Solid Colors Gold (Metallic), Red, Black, Light Blue (Metallic), Medium Blue (Metallic), Light Bronze (Metallic), Silver (Metallic), Gray (Metallic), White, Dark Bronze (Metallic)
Custom Two-Tone Option Light Blue (Metallic) over Medium Blue (Metallic), Silver (Metallic) over Gray (Metallic), Light Bronze (Metallic) over Dark Bronze (Metallic)
Interior Colors
Standard Interior (Cloth) Graphite, Blue, Bronze, Saddle, Gray
Optional Leather Seat Graphite, Saddle, Bronze, Dark Red, Gray
Optional Custom Adjustable Sport Seat (Cloth) Blue, Gray, Bronze, Saddle, Graphite

 

A full-width, one-piece fiberglass roof section lifts off to create a true open-air feeling. There is no T-bar. And Corvette’s advanced aerodynamics help to minimize cockpit turbulence. Available at extra cost is a transparent lift-off roof panel, impregnated with a solar screen to reduce glare.

Throughout all the conceptual engineering stages there was a driving determination for the new Corvette to achieve remarkable directional stability, precise on-center steering, transient response and cornering power. That dedication has resulted in an entirely new uniframe structure, light in weight but strong and highly resistant to the strenuous flex than can reduce tire patch contact with road surfaces during cornering. The suspension solution, too, is new. Perhaps the most unique feature of the new Corvette is the substitution of a single, fiberglass composite monoleaf transverse spring in the front in lieu of the traditional coils. The unequal length (or SLA, for short/long arm) control arms are forged aluminum, a design that was computer-generated for minimal weight and extraordinary tensile strength. The knuckles, too, are of forged aluminum. The spindle is offset from the kingpin for directional stability. Telescoping shocks, of course. The standard suspension has a front stabilizer bar of 24 mm and power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering with a 15.5:1 ratio. At the rear, another transverse, fiberglass composite monoleaf spring works within a 5-link independent system featuring forged aluminum knuckles located fore and aft by aluminum upper and lower trailing links and laterally via strut and tie rod assembly. Telescoping shocks are incorporated into the rear suspension, also, as is another 20mm stabilizer bar.

Tractive forces are reacted to by a driveline beam of C-shaped aluminum extrusion, which connects from in front of the rear axle and to the rear of the transmission, thus eliminating transmission and differential-mounting cross members. The result is an improvement in driveline strength, greater structural rigidity and a dramatic savings in weight. Dramatic improvements were registered in tire engineering during the development of the new Corvette. Goodyear personnel worked closely with Chevrolet engineers throughout the car’s development. Goodyear borrowed much from its existing formula 1 rain-tire technology to create a new kind of performance tire. The optional 16-inch Eagle VR with “natural path” tread is rated equal to the 142-MPH top speed of the new Corvette with 3.31 axle and is of “50” aspect ratio. Once mounted each wheel/tire combination is specific to one side of the car, just like the most sophisticated racing cars.

You’d expect the new Corvette to brake handily, and it does. With a Girlock four-wheel disc brake system, the new Corvette can decelerate from its top speed as high as 1.0g. Girlock is internationally respected for high performance and racing brake expertise. The low-drag, aluminum caliper design for the new Corvette effects a considerable weight savings over previous Corvette four-wheel disc systems, which helps to reduce unsprung mass. The resulting vehicle dynamics are impressive. With the standard suspension and the optional Goodyear Eagle VR tires, lateral acceleration is rated at 0.9g on our skid pad in the hands of a professional driver. 1.0g is equal to the pull of gravity. Cornering or braking at 1.0g means we are encountering a horizontal component (or force) equal in pull to the gravity vector (or the full weight of the car). With Corvette’s 0.9g reading, the lateral force is equal to 90% of the weight of the car. There is an optional suspension, the Z51 Performance Handling Package. It generates 0.95g under lateral acceleration on GM’s skid pad. Readings in this range are remarkable, yet Corvette is still a comfortable car to drive. The Z51 incorporates 16” x 9 1/2” rear wheels, larger stabilizer bars, 25mm front, 23mm rear. Different bushings are used, allowing low deflection while corners. There are differences, too, in the stiffness of the fiberglass monoleaf springs at both front and rear and in the valving of the shocks. The 13.0:1 ratio, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering of the Z51 package makes for quick response to driver control input. The suspension of the new Corvette is totally integrated package which reflects many of the proven and efficient racing engineering practices. The use of forged aluminum suspension components reduced unsprung mass by nearly 30%, which contributes to wheel control, ride and road holding. The payoff is that the new Corvette has demonstrated remarkable directional stability and transient response in surface testing on the GM proving grounds. The new Corvette. A true world-class sports car.

The heart of Corvette. The new Corvette body design eliminates the traditional hood and introduces the front shroud. It’s something we learned on the race circuit and gives you unobstructed access to the engine and front suspension, with each component deployed in exactly the right place for function, serviceability, and fit. At the heart of it all is the 5.7 Liter (350 CID) twin-throttle-body, Cross-Fire Injection V8. This is basically one of the world’s finest high-performance engines, and now also one of the smartest. For example, under ideal operating conditions, with cool damp air and a good fuel octane level, the engine’s Computer Command Control automatically advances the spark curve to provide maximum performance advantage. But under adverse conditions – heat, low humidity, and/or low-fuel octane – a tiny piezo quartz sender in the engine block emits a signal to the Electronic Control Module, resulting in a precise retard of the spark to compensate automatically. This unit has the capability of sensing high octane fuel and will advance the spark to give you increased engine horsepower. When you want rapid acceleration, the ECM sense your throttle action in less than a millisecond and instructs the TBI to give the optimum air/fuel ratio. On the track at the GM Proving Ground, this powerplant with available 4-speed manual and Z51 suspension has delivered top speed of 142 MPH and 0 to 60 MPH times of 6.4 seconds. When you’re cruising down the highway, ECM provided a set of instructions to the TBI and transmission overdrive to enhance fuel economy. And, when you are decelerating the TBI gets a waste-reducing fuel cutoff signal which totally shuts down the engine (without your sensing it) until a programmed lower RPM lever is reached. Our basic small-block V8 is already a legend. No other engine originally developed as a regular street-car engine has won as many races in so many different arenas of motor sport. The new Corvette launches a new winning tradition.

Special engineering features. Much of the excitement in the new Corvette relates directly to the many design and engineering features apparent throughout the car. Chevrolet believes a high-performance machine should also be a car its owner can live with comfortably and rely upon. We offer an automatic 4-speed manual transmission with automatic overdrive on its top three gears, exclusive to Corvette. It’s an option, but at no additional cost. Engineered with a hydraulically operated clutch at the front and a computer-controlled overdrive at the rear. The basic feature of the hydraulic clutch is that it reduces shock-loading along the driveline during maximum acceleration from a standing start, and it also introduces damping similar to shock absorber during quick shifts. The computer blocks out the overdrive during high-performance acceleration. The engineering of the new Corvette goes far beyond transmissions that think, however. There’s a cold-air induction system supplying air to the engine by a twin-duct arrangement designed integrally with the clamshell hood. Stainless steel headers lead to an exhaust system that is carefully engineered to fir the new undercarriage configuration yet maintains the high-flow characteristics of the traditional Corvette dual exhaust. And no other car has anything quite like the one-piece, cast magnesium covers for the air cleaner and valve train. There’s more. The parking brake is located to the driver’s left, which helps reduce the driveshaft tunnel width. For easy access to the cockpit, the handle retracts to the floor after the brake has been set. Little things. The glass is flush for better aerodynamics. There’s an optional foul-weather package of dual, heater sport mirrors (also aerodynamically efficient) and a rear window defogger. Both systems are actuated by a single switch. From the coin holder in the console to the fully accessible fuse box location, the new Corvette emphasizes convenience and serviceability. Inspect the one-piece roof panel. Not how securely it fits. A specially designed tool is supplied for its removal. The top may be stored within the car and there’s still room enough for a two-suiter in the luggage area. Even the top tool fits into a special retainer compartment. The theft deterrent system has been specifically designed for the new Corvette. The list of innovative and practical design features is far longer than on most cars: halogen fog lamps, a designed-in body side molding to help prevent unsightly paint chips and scratches, a fuel tank access lid which provides a recessed area in which to set the removed gas cap so that paint isn’t marred and hidden halogen headlights that rotate open from a sealed compartment which shields them from under-car road spray. The interior is ergonomically designed for optimum comfort, luxury, and driver control. Driving pursuits will appreciate all that, just getting in. Open the door, step over the beaming structure into the pilot’s seat. A seat and belt system that hold you in position, with upholstery support that molds and conforms to the contour of your body – like the fit of a good ski boot. All this and more are precisely why the new Corvette is respected as so much more than the kind of road machine that it is. The new Corvette is a designer’s car, an engineer’s car and, most important, an owner’s car.

You are entering future time. Sophisticated space-age microelectronics focuses on the enhancement of your travel mode on Planet Earth. Science fact. Not science fiction. Seemingly futuristic, yet totally functional. The new Corvette is equipped with two on-board microcomputers armed with a combined 14-k memory and more than 6,600 individual instructions, monitoring, controlling, and computing at precise, split-second intervals. The units transmit hundreds of thousands of data bits to the driver’s “command center” via the instrument panel and console displays. Corvette’s twin computers, operating at a speed measured in millionths of a second, are designed to handle specific, individually programmed workloads. The primary system, the Computer Command Control (CCC), directs the engine, controlling vital functions such as spark timing, idle speed, fuel delivery, automatic transmission lockup clutches, and manual transmission overdrive. CCC permits optimum engine performance under a wide range of atmospheric and climate conditions which could, if not compensated for, negatively affect operating efficiency. Corvette’s second computer functions as a monitor, calculator, and transmitter of vital data to the driver with astounding speed and precision. For example, speedometer and tachometer bar graph is programmed to display the engine’s maximum power output. The computer handles computations like average fuel consumption and mileage range in less than 3 milliseconds, while a person using a hand-held calculator would take 20 to 30 seconds for the same problems. To display a total of 14 instrument readouts in 9 display areas, the microcomputer executes 300,000 instructions each operating second, scans each piece of data for conformity to acceptable operating ranges, and emits a signal to the driver whenever these ranges are exceeded. Just a few short years ago, such electronic wizardry was impossible in an automobile. Size, weight, and cost of required hardware were insurmountable barriers. But advanced cybernetic technology and by-products of U.S. space programs have given dramatically broader and bolder dimension to what is possible and practical. The wave of the future. Modern science and advanced technology as the servants of humankind-realistically presented today in the new Corvette.

Delco-GM/Bose. A premier stereo system. Delco and Bose know something no other maker of fine music reproduction systems knows – precisely where you’ll be sitting in the new Corvette. Consider the fact that, even with the most expensive home stereo components, acoustics aren’t predictable in a living room or a den, if only by the differences in the position of a wall or the placement of a chair. These are factors which can dramatically affect sound realism. With the new Corvette, however, Delco and Bose combine to create a 5-unit, wraparound sound system so advanced, so unique, that it must be installed as an option at the factory. It’s a superb music system totally tailored for the new Corvette. The Delco-GM/Bose system is composed of a receiver and four bass reflex amplifier/speaker enclosures designed and engineered specifically for the acoustic characteristics of the new Corvette – such things as window placements, angle and density of glass, seating position, cockpit configuration, even the textural composition of the upholstery and carpeting, were considered. Each speaker has its own built-in equalizer network. Here is a system so precise that the amplifier/speaker modules would have to be modified if the nap on the carpeting were changed. Delco, an acknowledged leader in mobile electronics, integrated circuit design and manufacture. Bose, an acknowledged leader in acoustics and engineering. It’s a combination of technologies that has created a perfect marriage between the new Corvette and sophisticated sound of any sort. All because Delco-GM/Bose knows precisely where you’ll be sitting in the new Corvette and what you’ll be surrounded by. Precisely.

A very thorough owner protection program for 36 months or 36,000 miles. The Corvette owner will be given and exceptional protection program. It is unlike any other new vehicle coverage ever included in the purchase of a Corvette by Chevrolet. For the first year, or those all-important first 12,000 miles, whichever comes first, you get this broad protection. Any repairs or needed adjustments to correct defects in materials or workmanship are covered, except tires. Your Chevrolet dealer will make such repairs or adjustments. Upon expiration of the 12-month/12,000-mile New Car Limited Warranty covers engine and other powertrain components up to 24 months or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. These two warranties are then enhanced by a third limited warranty which provided coverage for up to 36 months or 36,000 miles of vehicle usage, whichever comes first. Here are some of the features of this third layer of coverage. Broad Coverage: The Corvette owner is covered for repair or replacement of most parts of ten major assemblies: the engine, transmission, driveline, cooling system, fuel system, steering, suspension brakes, electrical system and factory-installed air conditioner. Rental-expense provision: If your car becomes inoperable and is kept in the dealer’s service department overnight or longer for work included in this three-year, 36,000-mile coverage (whichever comes first), a rental car allowance is provided. Towing and road service allowance: During the first 12 months/12,000 miles, an allowance of up to $25 is provided for the cost of towing or road service for any disablement of your Corvette. This includes such causes as running out of fuel, flat tire, dead battery and lost keys. After the first 12 months/12,000 miles and until expiration of your 36/36 protection, the allowance applies when disablement is caused by a failure of a covered part. Your personal ID card and toll-free number: You’ll receive a personal identification card which lists a toll-free number to call in the event of a breakdown. Whenever you are unable to contact your dealer, you can report trouble by calling between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM (local time) any day including weekends. You’ll get service instructions on what to do and the dealer service location nearest you. Small deductible: After the first 12 months/12,000 miles, there is a small deductible of only $25 per covered repair visit. Prompt Claims Handling: There is no red tape. The repairing dealer will be paid by check. So, you can count on fast, smooth and efficient claims handling. Your Chevrolet dealer has the complete details on this exceptional coverage that breaks new ground for this world-class sports car. A Corvette owner is assured even greater satisfaction from a product that has been designed and built with the utmost care to the highest standards. You will benefit substantially from the long-range protection from major repair bills and from the even broader coverage in those important first months of ownership. The new Corvette, a remarkable all-around production sports car, it worthy of the finest all-around owner protection we can provide.

Corvette Quick Facts

Engine
Cross-Fire Fuel-Injected V8 Engine 5.7 Liter (350 Cu. In.)
Block Cast Iron Alloy
Pistons Forged Aluminum
Camshaft Cast Iron Alloy
Bore 4.00’
Stroke 3.48”
Horsepower 205 net @ 4300 RPM
Torque 290 ft. -lb. @ 2800 RPM

 

Transmissions
Available 4-Speed manual with computer-controlled overdrive in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gears
1st 2.88:1
2nd 1.91:1
3rd 1.33:1
4th 1.00: 1
O.D. 0.67:1
Standard 4-Speed automatic with overdrive and high stall torque converter
1st 3.06:1
2nd 1.63:1
3rd 1.00:1
4th 0.70:1
Axle Ratio – automatic of manual
Standard 3.07:1
Optional 3.31:1

 

Dimensions and Weights
Exterior
Front Tread 59.6”
Rear Tread 60.4”
Overall Body (width) 71.0”
Wheelbase 96.2”
Overall Body (Length) 176.5”
Total Vehicle (Height) 46.7”
Min. Ground Clearance 5.0”
Interior
Head Room 36.4”
Leg Room 42.6”
Shoulder Room 54.0”
Hip room 49.3”
Cargo Volume (Cu. Ft.) 17.9
Weights
Curb Weight 3,192 pounds (Included standard equipment as designed with oils, lube, coolant, and 20-gallon full fuel capacity)
Distribution
Front 1,630 lbs. (51%)
Rear 1,562 lbs. (49%)

 

Engine Operating Efficiency: Automatic Transmission 16EPA Est. MPG, 28 Est. Highway, use estimated MPG for comparisons. Your mileage may differ depending on speed, distance, and weather. Actual highway mileage lower.

Braking: An all-new 4-wheel disc brake system was developed exclusively for the new Corvette by Girlock Ltd. of Australia, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-performance equipment. The system features lightweight aluminum calipers with low drag operation and 11 ½” rotors.

Acceleration: On the test track from zero to whatever speed you want takes but a few seconds in the new Corvette. Just a scant few of the world’s exotic sports cars can better our acceleration numbers – and only by the narrowest of margins. And Corvette was built to provide performance through tight curves as well as the straightaways. Acceleration chart data is for a new Corvette equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission and an optional 3.31 rear-axle ratio. The 4-speed manual unit can move Corvette along a bit quicker – 0 to 60 in 6.4 seconds.

Lateral Acceleration: The critical test of a sports car’s cornering capability. This test is conducted on a 108’ radius skid pad. The test vehicle is driven up to a maximum speed beyond which it will begin to slide laterally. The “g” indicator refers to the average lateral force generated by the vehicle while at the sustained maximum speed during passes in both directions around the circular course. New Corvettes equipped with the new Goodyear VR radials mounted on 16” x 8 ½” wheels achieved a sustained reading of 0.90g. When equipped with the full Z51 Performance Handling Package, Corvette achieved 0.95g. Special Note: In a special test to determine the upper limits of the new Corvette’s lateral acceleration capability, a Z51-equipped car with full treaded VR tires and 16” x 91/2” wheels front and rear was adjusted to maximum negative camber. The mythical “g” barrier was broken – a sustained reading of 1.01g. You wouldn’t like the ride of a car set up like this, and we do not offer it. But it demonstrates the sophisticated quality of the Corvette suspension.

All-around performance: The objective for the design and engineering of the new Corvette was to create a vehicle capable of producing all-around sports-car performance: braking, acceleration, cornering, straight-line performance, overall ride, and fuel economy. Balance was the key consideration in the effort aimed at achieving this monumental objective in the new Corvette. There would have to be a balanced relationship between engine horsepower and overall vehicle weight; between the rigid structure and the suspension-wheel-tire system supporting it; between sprung and unsprung mass; and in weight distribution on all four wheels of the car. With the new Corvette, this kind of critical balance has been achieved. When you take to the road we think you’ll agree.

Standard Equipment: As you’d expect with a sports car as superbly designed and engineered as the new Corvette, the list of standard features is extensive. Prepare yourself for some fascinating reading as we unfold this incredibly comprehensive package. Body and Structure: All-new, wind-tunnel-designed fiberglass body with full-tilting clamshell hood and upper fenders for easy service access to engine and front suspension. Flush-mounted tinted glass, single rectangular hidden headlamps, and functional, fully integrated front and rear spoilers enhance body appearance and give a new definition to advanced automotive aerodynamics. One-piece removable fiberglass roof panel opens to provide the exhilarating open ride of a convertible. Top is conveniently stored in a rigid lock-down position in rear compartment. Frameless rear glass hatch opens widely when you activate switch in console glove box or at the rear edge of door-trim panels to provide convenient outside access to rear compartment. A roller-shade security panel is built into the rear compartment to help keep your personal belongings hidden from view. Exterior lighting package included integral grille-mounted halogen fog lamps. Parking and fog lamps are hinged to help prevent damage in the event of front facia deformation. Galvanized steel uniframe structure has been engineered to be light in weight yet stiff in beaming and torsioning. Integral body side moldings, functional front fender louvers for added engine cooling, and body color electric-control sport mirrors are also included as standard equipment. Integrated bumper system. Front and rear bumpers on the new Corvette are excellent examples of the “designed-in” rather than the “hung-on” approach. Skins or facias are made of a flexible plastic material which is backed up by a soft mass known as the guide-flex Honeycomb Energy Management System. Energy from low-speed impact is absorbed by the system, which assumes its original shape after the pressure of impact is released. Unibase color plus clear urethane enamel paint treatment. Corvette Safety Features. Occupant Protection: Manual lap/shoulder belts with push-button buckles for driver and passenger (driver’s side includes visual and audible warning). Energy-absorbing steering column. Passenger-guard door locks. Safety door latches and stamped steel hinges. Energy-absorbing instrument panel and front-seat-back tops. Laminated windshield/tempered side and rear glass. Safety armrests. Identification symbols for controls and displays. Anti-theft: Audible anti-theft ignition key reminder. Anti-theft steering column lock. Inside hood release. Audio alarm system with starter interrupt feature. Roof panel with theft deterrent mount. Accident Avoidance: Side marker lights and reflectors. Parking lamps that illuminate with headlamps. Four-way hazard warning flasher. Backup lights. Lane-change feature in direction signal control. Windshield defrosters, washer and dual-speed wipers. Vinyl-edged inside mirror. Dual electric remote outside rearview mirrors, convex on right-hand side. Dual master cylinder brake system with warning light. Starter safety switch. Chassis and Drive Train: High compression 5.7 Liter (350 CID) Cross-Fire V8 engine with electronic throttle body fuel injection, serpentine accessory drive and electric cooling fan. This is a special Corvette version of the V8 that has proved itself one of the world’s greatest performance powerplants as a consistent winner in NASCAR, IMSA GT, SCCA, TransAm and Can-Am racing. To complete the drive train, there’s a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and 3.07 ratio Positraction rear axle. Standard tire and wheel combination features p215/65R-15 steel-belted Eagle GT radials, mounted on all new 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Wheel width is 7 inches in front and 7 and ½ inches in the rear. The Corvette suspension is unquestionably the most exotic package ever offered on a production automobile. A performance-oriented combination of advanced space-age materials with unique suspension package includes 5-link independent rear suspension, rear stabilizer bar, fiberglass monoleaf front and rear springs, and aluminum alloy forged control arms, steering knuckles, and rear suspension struts. New 4-wheel power disc system includes “floating” aluminum calipers, semi-metallic brake linings, and an advanced overall aerodynamic effect to help keep brakes “cool under pressure.” Interior Features and Equipment: All-new instrument panel featuring liquid crystal display with digital readout, vehicle condition monitor, and analog and digital speedometer and tachometer. Instrument system converts instantly to English or metric with a single switch. The most sophisticated and intelligent instrumentation ad driver information package ever offered as standard equipment on a production automobile. Aircraft-cockpit-style high-back contour cloth bucket seats with manual back angle adjustment and wool-pad comfort liner. A totally new Corvette seat designed to provide the feeling of individualized fit and comfort. Air conditioning, tilt and telescope steering wheel, power windows, side window defoggers, and driver-side door-mounted windshield wiper and washer controls are provided to create a totally enjoyable interior motoring environment. AM/FM Stereo ETR radio with four speakers, digital clock and power antenna. Radio’s “Seek and Scan” feature can electronically assist you in finding listening tuned to your mood or taste (radio may be deleted for credit). New manual, dual-spool, 3-point-locking lap seat-belt system permits driver and passenger to “buckle up” with the freedom f the inertial-locking system, or they can “cinch” themselves firmly in place using button on the lap buckle. Deluxe trim features include integral door armrests, lower door carpeting, leather-wrapped steering wheel – the kind of fine detailing you expect from a world-class sports car. The standard equipment package is rounded out with dual rear lockable stowage compartments, interior hood release, bright under hood service lights, rear compartment security shade, passenger-side lighted visor vanity mirror, high-intensity door and pillar lights, and under-dash courtesy lights. The new Corvette is the most comprehensively packaged automobile of all time, serviceable by the most extensive dealer network in the business. And when you consider the new Corvette’s advanced styling, innovative engineering and high technology – plus its combined acceleration and braking – you’re taking charge with the best production sports car in the world. The new Corvette has entered the prestigious world-class of exotic sports cars.

Corvette Options: As a basic package, the all-new Corvette will occupy a position of dominance among the sports cars of the world. But Corvette options allow you to take this incredible car and tailor it to your specific taste and individual level of excitement. Corvette optional equipment: 4-Speed Manual Transmission. Corvette’s all new 4-speed manual with 3-speed automatic overdrive is optional at no extra cost. Unit works with Corvette’s on-board computers to provide dual-mode operation – high performance or overdrive. Special Wheels and Tires: P255/50VR-16 Goodyear Eagle unidirectional steel belted radial tires mounted on 8 ½” wide turbine bladed aluminum alloy wheels. Eagle VRs provide strong road adhesion in cornering, braking, and acceleration. Turbine blades on wheels draw air from under car to assist in brake cooling. They provide solid performance plus enhanced exterior appearance. Package includes anti-theft lug buts, plus leather-covered shift knob and parking brake handle. Z51 Performance handling package: For the true auto enthusiast. With P255/50VR-16 Goodyear Eagle unidirectional steel belted radial tires mounted on 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels with functional turbine blade design. Tire and wheel width measures 8 and ½ inches front and 9 and ½ inches rear. With this package, higher rated monoleaf fiberglass composite springs, shock absorbers, stabilizer bars, and selected control-arm bushings replace standard units, front and rear. A quicker steering gear (13:1 vs. standard 15.5:1) is employed along with a higher-effort-feel steering gear torsion bar. Z51 package included a 3.07:1 rear axle with either the automatic or manual transmission. Corvettes equipped with this total performance set-up have achieved an astonishing 0.95g level in lateral acceleration on the GM Proving Ground Skid pad. Truly sophisticated high performance. This package also included anti-theft lug nuts, leather-covered shift knob and parking brake handle. Heavy-duty radiator. Provides increased cooling capacity. Delco-GM/Bose Music System. Truly a masterwork of advanced audio system design. Precisely tuned to the dimensions and materials of Corvette’s interior to create a deluxe concert hall listening atmosphere. System includes an ETR AM/FM stereo radio with “seek and scan,” cassette tape and clock; special tone and balance control; four Bose power-amplified, direct reflecting speakers; and the Dolby Sound dynamic noise reduction and automatic suppression system. Precision tuned to the new Corvette interior by Bose technicians to provide a magnificent audio environment. Transparent Lift-Off Roof Panel. Gives the dual advantage of an unobstructed over-head view from the passenger compartment plus easy removal for the open ride of a convertible. Break and abrasion resistant, made of clear acrylic with an imbedded solar screen. Replaces standard fiberglass panel and can be stored, locked down, in rear stowage area. Custom adjustable sport seats. For relaxed comfort as you drive. High-contour, high-back bucket seats with power adjustments of upper side bolsters and lumbar support. Sport seats also feature electric power back-angle adjustment, special cloth trim and seat-cushion ventilation with wool-pad comfort liner. You can dial in your own precise, personal comfort. Six-way power seat. Available for driver’s seat only. System lets you adjust seat positions 6.5 inches fore and aft, 1.5 inches up and down, and you can alter the overall angle of the seat. Can be selected for application with the standard bucket seats or the optional seats. Leather seats: The elegance of the fine leather to add a further personalized touch. Leather inserts are perforated to provide seat ventilation beneath passenger and driver. Custom two-tone paint: Give your special Corvette that custom look. Available in three appealing metallic finish combinations: Silver over Gray; Light Blue over Medium Blue; and Light Bronze over Dark Bronze. Stereo radio with Cassette Player: ETR AM/FM stereo radio with “seek and Scan” and clock with cassette player added to broaden your listening enjoyment. Unit included two front and two rear speakers and power antenna. Citizens Band Radio gives you a mobile communications hookup with other CBers. A real advantage in an emergency or when in need of directions while traveling. Includes tr-band power antenna. Not available with the Delco-GM/Bose system. Interim availability. Rear window defogger and heated outside mirrors. Ice, frost, and moisture removal at your fingertips. Electric switch activates system to clear rear window and outside mirrors under foul weather conditions. For your convenience. Electronic speed control. Select your speed and then cruise without maintaining pressure on accelerator. Resume feature brings car’s speed back to your preset level following and interrupt for braking. System contributes to fuel economy at highway speeds and is available with both manual and automatic transmissions. Power door locks. Puts both door locks within convenient reach of driver. A single touch-type switch locks or unlocks both doors for security and convenience.