Total 2000 Corvettes Built- 33,682 (13,479 Convertibles; 18,113 Coupes; 2,090 Hardtops)
Corvette 2000. The whole world is watching. Corvette convertible. Pure magic. The only convertible that matters. In the beginning, there was only one Corvette: the convertible, a.k.a. roadster. Corvette has traveled far since that first Polo White, Powerglide ’53 Vette rolled off a makeshift Flint, Michigan, assembly line, but the magic endures in every graceful line of the 2000 convertible. A subtle hint of earlier classics – “Our future must start with our past,” says Corvette Chief Designer John Cafaro. “Each and every day, we live and breathe Corvette history. From memorable street cars and significant race cars to forward-looking concept cars and design studies, we feel the presence of every Corvette that ever came before.” Convertible details on the current car that evoke Vettes of an earlier era include a dramatic “waterfall” effect as the exterior body color sweeps down between the bucket seats; the sculpted “cove” through the front fenders and doors; and, of course, those four round taillamps. Structure makes the difference – there’s a reason the 2000 convertible feels so solid, so agile and so precise in its response to your driving input. This Corvette is substantially stiffer than the previous-generation Corvette convertible, and it also has a lower curb weight. Lateral shake is virtually gone, and the ride is impressively smooth. One of the world’s best – the new-generation convertible is one of the great cars of this era. It was the Motor Trend “Car of the Year” in 1998, and it paced Indy that same season. For two years running, Car and Driver named it one of the world’s “10 Best,” and Sports Car Illustrated has declared the convertible “our favorite two-seat ride.”
Corvette coupe. People are talking. America’s favorite sports car. The reviews are glowing. Owners tell us they’ve never driven a finer sports car. And last year, more people purchased a new Corvette than any other two-seat sports car. Period. It is preferred to the Mercedes SLK. Chosen over every Porsche. And it outsells the BMW Z3. Chevrolet Corvette is America’s best-selling sports car. Setting high standards – A close examination of the most popular Corvette, the coupe, is revealing. The award-winning LS1 V8 engine is a 345-horsepower combination of refined smoothness and seemingly unending muscle. Variable-effort Magnasteer and “drive-by-wire” electronic throttle control provides a virtually seamless connection between driver and car. The innovative drivetrain layout – with the engine up front and the transmission in back – contributes to superb weight balance and unexpectedly spacious interior. Standard features in every Corvette coupe include a one-piece removable roof panel, electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission (a 6-speed manual is optional), air conditioning, a theft-deterrent system with horn alarm, traction control and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS. And, the forged aluminum wheels are newly styled for 2000. Creating a new world order – This authentic American sports car is dominating the world stage, with an unequaled balance of power, advanced style, designed-in quality and luxurious spaciousness for two.
The hardtop. For pursuits, it’s the ultimate Corvette. Sometimes you must get back to basics. Since the era of the competition Grand Sport, a fixed-roof configuration has always meant the ultimate performance Corvette, and the hardtop is no exception. “To accentuate the purity of the shape, we created a minimal ‘greenhouse’ that emphasizes functional simplicity, by doing this we enhanced the taunt, muscular fenders, and elegant wheel openings. And aggressive wheels,” says John Cafaro, Corvette Chief Designer. The quest for performance – with no removable roof panel, the hardtop is lighter and stiffer in structure than any other 2000 Corvette. Special hardware includes the Z51 Performance Suspension (with stiff springs, large stabilizer bars and large monotube shock absorbers) and a standard close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission. In short, there’s enough performance hardware here to please even the most hard-core enthusiast.
Chasing checkered flags. It’s a Corvette tradition. Soon after the very first Corvette appeared in a Chevrolet showroom, someone said, “Let’s go racing.” It all began with that ’55 V8. – Chevrolet engineers Ed Cole and Zora Arkus-Duntov saw the potential, and the rest is wonderful, high-octane, fuel-injected history. Sting Rays and Grand Sports – In 1963, the glorious Corvette Sting Ray was born. Although the production coupe was no match for the small, light Shelby Cobra race car on road course, Arkus-Duntov had a solution – the lightweight Grand Sport. Only 10 non-production prototypes were built, but the Grand Sport was a sensation wherever it appeared. The SCCA Road Racing Champion – Into the ‘60s and ‘70s, big-block Trans Am series Corvettes were a delightful addition to the international racing scene. In the ‘80s, Corvette was dominant in SCCA Showroom Stock National Championship races. Racing into the future – the C5-R made its debut in the 1999 Rolex 24 at Daytona, then on to the 12 Hours of Sebring and Road Atlanta. The C5-R makes its international debut in 2000. Similarities between race car and production Corvette are noteworthy: the body shape, suspension and V8 engine are all genetically linked. Zora Arkus-Duntov be proud.
Active Handling. The next level of performance. Active Handling, an option on all three Corvette models, is the logical next step in the evolution of enhanced chassis control systems, such as ABS brakes and Traction Control. Corvette is one of the few sports cars in the world to offer such advanced stability technology. The Active Handling System activates when there is a significant difference between how the driver intends for car to corner and how the car is cornering. Working together with the antilock brake system and Traction Control as needed, it automatically applies any of the four brakes to help the driver control the situation. Agility for the real world – The Corvette Active Handling system offers amazing agility for the kinds of situations you encounter in real-world driving. Image a sudden lane changes on a wet road surface to avoid an unexpected hazard – like a huge pothole. Let’s say you turn the wheel sharply to avoid it. This input, combined with the low-traction surface, could exceed the limits of traction available to the front wheels, causing “understeer,” which in turn allows the car to “plow” straight ahead. In this situation, Active Handling will work to help correct the car’s understeer condition by automatically applying the inboard rear brake, coaxing the car into less of an understeer condition. Active Handling is an important step forward in vehicle dynamics. You can get it in a Corvette today.
Forty-seven years of unconventional excellence. They said it couldn’t be done – build a production automobile on an assembly line with fiberglass body – and today’s Corvette continues that innovative tradition with flexible sheet-molded composite body panels that will never rust. The novel balsa-wood core composite floor is both lightweight and exceptionally strong. A tradition of defying tradition – The conventional wisdom of the early ‘50s said, “You can’t put an automatic in a sports car.” The 1953 Corvette defied convention with its Powerglide automatic. In 1957, Corvette became the first American sports car to feature 4-speed manuals as an option. Today, demand runs about 40/60 between the high-performance 6-speed manual (standard in the hardtop) and the electronically controlled 4-speed automatic (standard in the coupe and convertible). Legendary V8 performance – The Corvette V8 was introduced in 1955, and the rest is the stuff of legends – fuel injection in 1957, the “327” in 1962, “big blocks” beginning in 1965, the LT1 and the ZR1’s awesome LT5 of the early 1990s. Still America’s Finest Production V8 – Technical highlights of this award-winning V8 include lightweight aluminum construction, Sequential Fuel Injection with a composite intake manifold, and electronic throttle control.
A Car with Backbone: The Corvette structure (consisting of a strong perimeter frame combined with a center backbone) provides an impressive level of rigidity. This robust design allows the independent suspension to be tuned precisely for impact harshness and driver control.
Wishbone Suspension: An SLA (short-and Long-arm) suspension with aluminum double wishbones and knuckles is used at each corner. This suspension design contributes to a compliant ride, while providing impressive response, especially during aggressive cornering.
High-Tech Wheels: Lightweight aluminum wheels, newly styled for 2000, reduce unsprung weight and add to Corvette’s bold appearance.
Standard Traction Control: A full-function Traction Control System is standard on every Corvette. Traction Control works in conjunction with the ABS and electronic throttle control to optimize traction by reducing tire slip on many surfaces. An on-off switch is provided.
Variable-Effort Steering: Magnasteer is a speed-sensitive, variable-effort steering system. This computer-controlled system, combined with a rack-and-pinion steering gear, provides maximum steering assist for parking and precise steering feel at higher speeds.
ABS with Four-Wheel Discs: A premium four-wheel disc brake system with ABS is standard. The brake rotors are large and vented for powerful braking performance. Premium, non-metallic linings provide smooth, quiet braking.
Front Engine/Rear Suspension: A rear-mounted transmission creates more room for driver and passenger. Hydraulic engine and transmission mounts help reduce vibration to the chassis.
Three Suspension Choices: The FE1 Suspension (standard on coupe and convertible) is designed to please many Corvette drivers with its outstanding blend of ride and response. Enthusiasts seeking the ultimate in Corvette technology will want the optional F45 with Selective Real Time Damping (not available on the hardtop) – a.k.a. the suspension that “thinks.” F45 has computer-controlled shocks that automatically increase damping rates in “real time” – 10 to 15 milliseconds – as road conditions dictate. There are three manual settings: Touring, Sport, and Performance – each with a distinct range of ride firmness. Then there’s Z51. This is a suspension option for die-hard performance fans, and it is the racing -inspired package you’ll want if you intend to participate in sanctioned competitive events. (Z51 is standard on Corvette hardtop.)
Precision Alignment: A four-wheel geometric alignment machine at the end of the assembly line confirms that each Corvette is set to its optimum ride height. All caster, camber, and toe alignments are competed to exact standards.
Solar-Ray Glass: All Corvette windows are tinted and the windshield features Solar-Ray glass, for reduced heat buildup. The high-strength windshield is made of lightweight, urethane-bounded laminated glass.
Daytime Running Lamps: Daytime Running Lamps are standard. These lamps (which operate in conjunction with turn signals) come on automatically to help other roadway users notice your oncoming vehicle during daylight hours.
Audible Wear Sensors: Audible front brake wear sensors let you know when it’s time to replace front brake pads.
Halogen Lamps: Excellent visibility is provided by halogen low beam/high beam headlamps and optional halogen foglamps.
PASS-Key II Theft-Deterrent System: With the standard PASS-Key II theft-deterrent system, only your special coded key starts your Corvette. A programmable horn alarm system is also standard equipment.
Starter Safety Switch: A starter safety switch prevents your Corvette from being started in gear.
Heated Mirrors: Dual electronically adjustable, heated outside rearview mirrors are standard equipment.
Energy-Absorbing Interior Surfaces: Corvette features an energy-absorbing interior designed to help reduce the risk of injury in a collision.
Dual Air Bags: Driver and passenger air bags supplement the lap/shoulder safety belt system to help restrain the driver and passenger in the event of a moderate to severe frontal impact. Always use safety belts and proper child restraints, even with air bags.
Energy Absorbing Structure: In a collision, front and rear crumple zones are designed to crumple at a controlled rate, and the powertrain is designed to be displaced, enhancing energy absorption.
High-Strength Door Locks: Programmable automatic locking doors are standard on all models. A patented high-strength door lock is also featured.
Electronic Traction Control: Standard All-Speed Electronic Traction Control – combined with a limited slip rear axle – provided the Corvette driver with enhanced grip, on most low-traction surfaces.
Four-Way Flashers: Four-way hazard warning flashers are operated via an easy-to-use on-off switch.
Side Markers: Side marker lights (which illuminate with the headlamps) and reflectors make your Corvette easier to see at night.
Extended Mobility Tires: Standard Extended Mobility Tires eliminate the need for a spare tire. With EMTs, you can drive up to 200 miles at 55 MPH on completely deflated tires. A standard tire pressure monitoring system signals the driver if a tire is in a low – or high- pressure situation.
Standard ABS: This four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS) is designed to reduce wheel lockup while the driver is braking. ABS also help the driver maintain steering control and helps prevent skidding on most slippery surfaces.
Safety-Cage Construction: a high-strength steel safety cage (with reinforced floor, bloody sills and pillars, and steel side door beams) surrounds the Corvette passenger compartment.
Sophisticated safety technology. The comprehensive safety package in every 2000 Corvette includes standard occupant-protection features such as driver and passenger air bags, energy-absorbing front and rear crush zones and safety-cage construction with integral side door beams. Equally important are Corvette’s many standard crash-avoidance features, including Daytime Running Lamps, a four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS) and Traction Control. Corvette is also one of the few sports cars in the world to offer the advanced stability technology of Active Handling (optional). Standard personal security features in every Corvette include a Remote Keyless Entry system, a totally passive theft-deterrent system with a horn alarm, and power door locks with a lockout protection feature. Sophisticated safety technology – it’s what you expect from one of the world’s most advanced automobiles.
This interior could belong to only one car. From the dual-cove instrument panel with grab handle to the bold crossed-flags emblem on the steering wheel hub, everything about this interior says “Corvette.” Yes, its everything you expect it to be – luxurious, sporty, and true to its heritage. An American Icon deserves no less. Thoughtful design places controls within easy reach and makes gauges eminently readable. There are two leather-trimmed seat choices: standard, and optional sport with inflatable lumbar support and adjustable side bolsters. Both seat styles offer a deeply contoured design that’s been refined to high standards by a special seat comfort team. Six-way power adjusters are standard for the driver side and optional for the passenger side. Color choices are Black, Light Gray, Light Oak, and the brand-new, very brilliant Torch Red.
If you choose the optional memory package, the pre-sets for climate control mirrors, driver seat and radio (and the power telescoping steering column, if you also select this option) will adjust to your preferred settings. There are also power controls for the windows and door locks. An optional head-up display projects all the following readouts onto the windshield for driver convenience: vehicle speed, engine rpm, a performance upshift guide for the 6-speed manual transmission, and reading from key gauges, including water temperature, oil pressure and fuel. This is state-of-the-art interior design that you expect from Corvette.
The most intelligent car on the planet. Thanks to the advanced Driver Information Center, you’re in command of readouts and convenience features you can custom-tailor to your own personal preferences. The Information Center includes readouts for oil pressure, oil temperature, coolant temperature, battery volts, instant/average MPG and range, tire pressure and more. The Center can display information in four languages (English, German, French or Spanish), and can also be used to configure a full range of programmable settings, including vehicle function display and the optional Twilight Sentinel.
There’s nothing else like it. You have high standard. Corvette rewards your appreciation for excellence with an instrument panel that is totally focused on your need for information, thoughtfully displayed and precisely calibrated. Standard luxuries include a Driver Information Center, power door locks, power windows with an Express-Down feature, a tilt wheel, an AM/FM stereo with cassette player and Bose speakers (in the coupe and convertible), electronic cruise control, a passive theft-deterrent system and a full complement of analog gauges. Options you can add include a power telescoping steering column, stereo with CD and Bose speaker system, six-way power passenger seat and dual-zone air conditioning. A head-up display (with readouts for vehicle speed and engine rpm) is also optional.
Your dream Corvette starts right here.
Coupe Trunk Capacity – there’s actually more room for luggage than you’d find in most full-size sedans – an impressive 24.8 cubic feet.
Coupe Removable Roof Panel – a lightweight, one-piece panel. Latches are easy to use, and no special tool is required. Choose from a standard body-color panel, and optional transparent roof panel, or both.
Head-up Display – Program this option to display a variety of useful information (including vehicle speed and engine rpm) on the windshield for fast viewing. An on-off switch is included.
Convertible Top – includes a glass rear window with integral electric defogger. Top colors are Black, Light Oak or White, depending on exterior color selected.
Active Handling Option – Corvette Active Handling works with ABS and Traction Control to help enhance vehicle handling in cornering situations.
Center Console – A lockable storage compartment (with cassette or CD holder) and a cup holder are close at hand.
Optional Memory Package – “remembers” pre-set positions for climate control, seat, mirror, radio and (if you also select this option) power telescoping steering column. Great for households with more than one driver.
Remote Keyless Entry – allows the driver to lock/unlock the doors, turn on interior lights or arm the alarm system from up to 30 feet away. Standard in all models.
Manual Tilt Wheel/Power Telescoping Steering Column – this option combines the standard manual tilt-wheel feature with a power telescoping column.
Convertible Trunk – a fully enclosed, lockable trunk is standard. Cargo volume is 13.9 cubic feet with the top in the up position (11.2 cubic feet with the top down).
American art at the turn of the century.
Colors: Magnetic Red Metallic II, Sebring Silver Metallic, Nassau Blue Metallic, Black, Millennium Yellow, Torch Red, Arctic White, Light Pewter Metallic, Navy Blue Metallic, and Dark Bowling Green Metallic.