The 1996 Corvette was the final year of the C4. The 1996 introduced the new LT4 engine, with 330 horsepower, it was available only with the 6-speed manual transmission. The LT1 engine was limited to the automatic transmission. Chevrolet commemorated the ending of the fourth generation of Corvettes by making two special edition Corvettes available. Both of these special editions feature an upgraded version of the LT1 power plant, the LT4 engine, which was showcased in both the Collectors Edition Corvette and a limited edition Grand Sport Corvette.

Corvette Grand Sport Coupe

There is a special significance that goes along with the “Grand Sport” nameplate. The 1996 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe tributes the most famous competition Corvettes ever, the 1963 Grand Sport lightweight racers. Only five Grand Sports were built, but these Sting-Ray based machines made history in a hurry, and then they were gone. The 1996 Grand Sport is the highest performance regular-production Corvette you can buy. It showcases the new 330-hp, LT4 V8 engines, F45 suspension with new Selective Real Time Damping, and Acceleration Slip Regulation (traction control). The 1996 Grand Sport recalls the original racer appearance of 1963- with Arctic White striping on vivid Admiral Blue paint.

Grand Sport Interior
Sport seats with six-way power adjusters and lumbar support are standard. Color choices are Red/Black or all Black, and the perforated seating surfaces feature “Grand Sport” lettering. Everything- controls, instrumentation- is right where you want it to be. The relationship between seats, pedals, six-speed shifter and adjustable steering wheel is carefully considered and race car-inspired.

Grand Sport Performance
The original Grand Sport racer of 1963 taught would-be competitors a thing or two about speed, stamina and cornering power. Today’s Grand Sport earns its designation with the most powerful production small-block V8 ever placed in a Corvette. Everything we’ve gathered from our racing experience with the fourth-generation Corvette is reflected in this car. Grand Sport is equipped with the new LT4 V8/6-speed manual powertrain, producing 330 horsepower at 5800 rpm. This performance equation is enhanced by a sophisticated four-wheel independent suspension with available Selective Real Time Damping, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and Acceleration Slip Regulation (traction control), Goodyear GS-C Eagle tires on beefy, black, 17-inch wheels add to the Grand Sport’s tenacity.

Corvette Collector Edition

Sebring Silver- to a Corvette aficionado, is a color that will be forever linked with such classics as the first Sting Ray racer of 1959 and the legendary 1963 split-window coupe. Now Sebring Silver is back, adding a special brilliance to the 1996 Corvette Collector Edition. Available on Coupe or Convertible, details include distinctive chrome emblems outside, and perforated sport seats with “Collector Edition” embroidery inside. These leather seating surfaces are offered in your choice of Black, Gray, or Torch Red. For the final season for the fourth-generation Corvette, Sebring Silver rings in the celebration.

Corvette Collector Edition Coupe 
A world-class V8 engine under the hood and not coincidentally a fun-to-drive factor thats right over the top. You don’t really need a list of reasons to buy a Corvette Coupe. Standard performance features include four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, Acceleration Slip Regulation (traction control), Goodyear Eagle GS-C tires, and a unique-to-Corvette 5-link independent rear suspension.

Corvette Convertible 
In the beginning, there was only one Corvette- the convertible. Convertible cognoscenti will appreciate the easy-folding top with a glass rear window (including electric defogger), and a sizable storage area behind the rear seats. This top is made of rich Cambria cloth (available in either black or beige) or durable vinyl (in white). A removable hardtop is also optional.

Corvette Interior 
Corvette bucket seats are deeply bolstered, form-fitting and leather-trimmed. Standard equipment in every Corvette includes power windows with driver’s Express-Down feature, power door locks, electronic speed control, and a six-speaker AM/FM stereo with cassette tape player. The acclaimed Delco/ Bose Gold Series AM/FM stereo- with cassette tape player, or with CD and cassette tape players is optional.

Performance Revolution. The New LT4.

What’s hotter than an LT1 Corvette? Only the new-for-1996 LT4 Corvette. It will capture the attention of anyone who enjoys both horsepower and torque in massive quantities. Basic architecture remains true to small-block tradition. Displacement is 350 cubic inches. The advancements include a new high-compression cylinder head, a re-contoured camshaft, new fuel injectors and a performance crankshaft. With all these changes, you’ve got 330 high-winding horsepower at 5800 rpm, and 340 lb. -ft of torque at 4500 rpm. Bottom line: we have taken an engine that was already world class and added “bandwidth”. In other words, ample torque at the low end, and even more horsepower at a higher rpm level than ever before.

Mechanical Dimensions

Feature Coupe Convertible
Wheelbase 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)
Overall width 70.7 inches (1.778 m) 73.1 inches (1.857 m)
Overall height 46.3 inches (1.176 m) 47.3 inches (1.201 m)
Front tread 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)
Standard Tires Front/Rear P255/45ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT / P285/40ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT
Grand Sport Tires Front/Rear COUPE
P275/40ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT / P315/35ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT
P255/45ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT / P285/40ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle GT
Steering Power Rack and Pinion
Front suspension Independent SLA forged-aluminum upper and lower control arms and steering knuckle, transverse monoleaf springs, steel stabilizer bar, and spindle offset.
Rear suspension Independent five-link design with tow and cam­ber adjustment, forged-aluminum control links and steering knuckle, transverse monoleaf springs, steel tie rods, stabilizer bar, and tubular U-joint aluminum driveshaft.
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 Optional Engine RPO LT4
Type V-8, 90-degree Overhead valve V-8, 90-degree Overhead valve
Block Cast Iron with Aluminum Cylinder Heads Cast Iron with Aluminum Cylinder Heads
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 10.4:1 10.8:1
Brake Horsepower 300 @ 5000 330 @ 5800 rpm
Torque 335 lb-ft @ 4000 340 lb-ft @ 4500
Main bearing Five Five
Valve lifters Hydraulic Hydraulic
Fuel Supply Sequential Multi-port injection (MPI) system Sequential Multi-port injection (MPI) system


  • Dark Purple Metallic
  • Arctic White
  • Sebring Silver Metallic
  • Admiral Blue
  • Black
  • Bright Aqua Metallic
  • Polo Green Metallic
  • Competition Yellow
  • Torch Red

Interior Colors 

  • Light Gray
  • Light Gray Collectors Edition
  • Black
  • Black Collectors Edition
  • Black Grand Sport
  • Light Beige
  • Red
  • Red Collectors Edition
  • Red/Black Grand Sport