Tradition has Everything to do with it.

Aficionados can recite a litany of “firsts” that have made Corvette one of the world’s most desired sports car. The fiberglass body panels, fuel-injected “small-block” V8, four-wheel disc brakes, and ABS are but a few of the innovations that have defined “Corvette” for generations of car lovers.

The 1994 Corvette reflects this tradition of leadership. New to this model was the most advanced version of the 5.7 Liter V8, the 300-hp LT1 featuring new Sequential-Port Fuel Injection. Other reasons that contributed to the success of the Corvette legend this year were a sensational 6-speed manual transmission (or, if you prefer, a new electronically controlled 4-speed automatic), a sophisticated fully independent suspension with precision-crafted aluminum componentry, and an advanced traction-control system that helps utilize all available traction by regulating wheel spin. By any objective standard of performance, the 1994 Corvette is world-class.

The Performance Starts as Soon as You’re Seated 
First impressions do count, and the 1994 Corvette’s optional sport bucket-seat interior gives a reason to fall in love with America’s sports car all over again. The striking, dramatic style of this option is easy to see, and it’s the level of comfort that made it a favorite interior among Corvette drivers. These leather-trimmed sport seats feature contoured bolsters for excellent support and wider cushions for maximum comfort. The six-way power adjustment and power lumbar support ensure that you will feel just right behind the new two-spoke, leather-wrapped Corvette steering wheel.

The redesign of the 1994 goes far beyond bold new buckets. Every ’94 Corvette features driver-and-passenger-side air bags, a beautifully restyled instrument panel, plush new carpeting, and convenient new in-door storage areas.

Wait Till You Get Your Hands On It 
The newly styled instrument panel sweeps all around you. Controls are within easy reach. Instrumentation is a well-planned mix of digital readouts (Speedometer, volts, oil temperature, coolant temperature, instant or average fuel economy, range) and analog gauges (tachometer, water temperature, oil pressure, oil temperature and voltmeter). Our racing experience tells us this is an excellent way to communicate information instantly and clearly.

Also standard: PASS-Key II, a totally passive theft-deterrent system that is designed to help keep your new Corvette safe and secure. Only your special ignition key starts your 1994 Corvette. A unique standard feature was the passive keyless entry. When set to do so the key fob unlocks one or both doors as you approach your Corvette and locks them as you leave.

Standard Interior
All-new bucket seats feature soft leather seating surfaces. Significantly, the contours are revised to provide maximum comfort for a wider range of people’s shapes and sizes. The new look extends to the instrument panel, the deeper carpeting, and the restyled door panels. What stayed the same: Corvette is still one of the world’s best-equipped two-seaters. Standard convenience features include power windows with a driver’s “Express-Down” feature, power door locks, Electronic Speed Control, illuminated visor mirrors, and air conditioning with CFC-free refrigerant.

Delco AM/FM Stereo With Cassette Tape Player
This high performance stereo is standard in the Coupe and Convertible. Features include cassette tape player with automatic reverse, electronic tuning, four speakers, power antenna, and an integral digital clock.

Delco/ Bose Gold Series AM/FM Stereo With Cassette Tape Player 
The gold standard in automotive sound. Features include six tuned Bose speakers with 200 watts of natural sound, and a cassette tape player with auto-reverse. This Delco/ Bose system is optional in Corvette Coupe and Convertible.

Delco/ Bose Gold Series AM/FM Stereo With Compact Disc Player and Cassette Tape Player 
This outstanding top-of-the-line Corvette sound system is standard in the ZR-1 and optional in other models. In addition to the features of the radios listed above, this six-speaker stereo features an integral compact disc player and a cassette tape player. Another world-class feature of this stereo is automatic speed-compensated volume: the faster you go, the louder the volume.

The LT1: The very heart of the Corvette legend

Horsepower alone doesn’t make a great sports car. While this may sound like a strange admission, it is the philosophy that has guided Corvette engine development ever since the first V8. Balanced performance is what you really want, and it’s this very quality that has made the Chevrolet “small-block” V8 one of the most successful engines in automotive history. Fast-forward to 1994, and the Corvette LT1 V8. This 5.7 Liter V8 serves up a remarkable blend of overall power, acceleration, and smoothness. Performance is enhanced by new Sequential-Port Fuel Injection, a system that optimizes combustion by precisely matching fuel delivery to each cylinder. Also new for the 1994: a more powerful ignition system that provides outstanding cold-start performance under severe conditions.

The only real decisions for enthusiasts: should you choose the 6-speed manual transmission or the new electronically controlled 4-speed automatic. Both are perfectly matched to the hight torque characteristics of the LT1 V8. As for horsepower, the LT1 makes 300 at 5000 rpm. No other production small-block V8 has ever delivered more.

The All-Weather Sports Car

Any high-performance car can show you a good time on clean, dry roads. Corvette expands the very definition of performance with this broader concept.
“The All-Weather Sports Car.”

Now you can drive the 300-hp sports car of your dreams in the rain or even in the snow, all thanks to integrated performance systems, which include Traction Control, four-wheel anti lock brakes and Goodyear Eagle GS-C tires.

How Traction Control Works- Traction Control is a computer-controlled system which provides optimized acceleration and enhanced vehicle directional stability. In other words, no more useless wheel spinning. When wheel slip is detected, the traction-control system pulses the anti-lock brakes and momentarily reduces engine output via engine spark retardation and throttle control until traction is restored.

Bosch ABS IIU– This Bosch ABS is one of the most advanced four-wheel anti-lock braking systems available, and it is standard in every 1994 Corvette. ABS reduces the chance of wheel lockup during braking and is designed to help you maintain steering control even in a panic stop in rain, on snow, or on ice. Bosch ABS IIU is combined with four-wheel power discs for up to 1.0g of stopping power.

Goodyear Eagle GS-C Tires- Asymmetrical, unidirectional Eagle GS-C tires are specifically tailored to the handling characteristics of Corvette. In addition to a tenacious grip on dry surfaces, the Eagle GS-C lets Corvette drivers enjoy improved wet-weather traction, and a quieter highway ride.

Safety Features

Occupant Protection

  • Supplemental Inflatable Restraint: manual lap/ shoulder safety belts and air bags-driver/ passenger
  • Energy-absorbing instrument panel
  • Interlocking door latches
  • Folding front-seat locks, inertia-type
  • Safety armrests
  • Breakaway inside rear view mirror
  • Security door locks and door-retention components
  • Laminated windshield glass, urethane- bounded
  • Head restraints (integral)
  • Side-guard door beams
  • Passenger-guard inside door-lock handles
  • Front and rear crush zones

Accident Avoidance 

  • Side-marker lamps and reflectors
  • Parking lamps
  • Four-way hazard-warning flashers
  • Backup lamps
  • Directional signal control
  • Windshield defrosters, washers and multi-speed wipers
  • Inside day/night rear view mirror
  • Outside rear view mirrors
  • Brake system with dual master cylinder plus warning light
  • Center high-mounted stop lamp
  • Starter safety switch
  • Low-glare finish (inside windshield moldings, wiper arms and blades, metallic steering wheel surfaces)
  • Illuminated heater and defroster controls
  • Tires with built-in tread-wear indicators
  • Audible disc brake lining-wear indicators
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Traction Control
  • Brake/ transmission shift interlock (automatic transmission only)

Theft Deterrence 

  • Visible vehicle identification number
  • Laser-etched VIN plate
  • Marked body parts
  • Theft-deterrent steering column lock
  • PASS-Key II personal security system
  • Remote inside hood release

A Four-Cam Masterpiece

Specifications of the ZR-1’s all aluminum LT5 V8 were legendary. Four overhead camshafts, sequential-port fuel injection with a 16-runner inlet manifold and two injectors per cylinder. The result: totally uncompromising high performance.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the LT5 V8 is its ability to combine high-rpm power with a smooth, refined around-town attitude. A dual-mode induction system contains the secret of this tractable nature. Within each cylinder, the intake ports, valves and cam lobes are divided into two groups, the primary and secondary. Below half-throttle, or 3000 rpm, the engine breathes through the primary ports only. So operation, in effect is on three valves per cylinder.

The “secondaries” open, and the LT5 is running on all 16 injectors and all 32 valves. The secondary intake valves are actuated by cam lobes with more duration than the primaries, providing true variable valve timing, for impressive low-speed and high-speed characteristics in a single engine.
Color Options:

  • Arctic White
  • Admiral Blue
  • Black
  • Bright Aqua Metallic
  • Polo Green Metallic
  • Competition Yellow
  • Copper Metallic
  • Torch Red
  • Black Rose Metallic
  • Dark Red Metallic

Interior Colors:

  • Light Gray
  • Black
  • Light Beige
  • Red

Mechanical Dimensions 

Feature Coupe Convertible ZR-1
Wheelbase 96.2 inches (2.443 m) 96.2 inches (2.443 m) 96.2 inches (2.443 m)
Overall length 178.5 inches (4.534 m) 178.5 inches (4.534 m) 178.5 inches (4.534 m)
Overall width 70.7 inches (1.778 m) 70.7 inches (1.778 m) 73.1 inches (1.857 m)
Overall height 46.3 inches (1.176 m) 46.3 inches (1.176 m)
Front tread 57.7 inches (1.466 m) 57.7 inches (1.466 m) 57.7 inches (1.466 m)
Rear tread 59.1 inches (1.501 m) 59.1 inches (1.501 m) 60.6 inches (1.539 m)
Front Tires P255/45ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT P255/45ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT P255/45ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT
Rear Tires P285/40ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT P285/40ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT P315/35ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT
Steering rack and pinion (power assisted)
Front suspension Single fiberglass composite monoleaf transverse spring with unequal-length aluminum control arms and stabilizer bar
Rear suspension Fully independent five-link system with transverse fiberglass single-leaf springs, aluminum upper/lower trailing links and strut-rod tie-rod assembly
Brakes Antilock four-wheel power disc
Body construction Fiberglass; separate ladder frame with cross-members
Fuel tank 20 US Gal (16.7 Imp Gal) (76 liters)

Engine Specifications 

Feature Base Engine RPO LT1 ZR-1 Engine RPO LT5
Type V-8, 90-degree Overhead valve V-8, 90-degree Overhead valve with 4 valves per cylinder and 4 overhead camshafts
Block Cast Iron with Aluminum Cylinder Heads All Aluminum
Displacement 350 cid (5.7 liters) 350 cid (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke 4.00″ x 3.48″ 4.00″ x 3.48″
Compression Ratio 10.5:1 11.0:1
Brake horsepower 300 @ 5000 405 @ 5800 rpm
Torque 340 lb-ft @ 3600 385 lb-ft @ 5200
Main Bearing Five Five
Valve Lifters Hydraulic Hydraulic
Fuel supply Multi-port Injection (MPI) Multi-port Injection (MPI)

Fast Fact: The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky opened on September 2, 1994.