2005 Corvette Stats

Advancing the legacy of an American icon

Introducing the 2005 Corvette. In every dimension-power, passion and precision- the sixth generation extends Corvette’s reputation as an American technological tour de force. The 2005 Corvette was redesigned with a new engine, exposed headlights and the first navigation system offered in Corvette. The car is 5 inches shorter and 1 inch narrower with improvements in virtually every area. The engine produces 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft torque, it’s large and it’s powerful. In fact, it was the largest and most powerful standard small-block engine ever offered in Corvette for the time. The tires are 1 inch wider all around than those of the C5. The suspension was completely redesigned to provide excellent handling and a conformable ride. Three suspensions are available, the standard for comfort and handling, the selectable Magnetic Selective Ride Control, and the Z51 Performance package. This new Z51 Performance suspension package brings the base Corvette nearly to the performance level of the C5 Z06. From its standard 400-hp LS2 V8 to its sleek, taut body to its highly refined cockpit, the 2005 is everything a sports car can and should be.

Precision Instruments
Speed-sensitive, power rack-and-pinion steering; a standard short-throw six-speed manual shifter- just two examples of precision controls in the new Corvette. Information is delivered precisely via light-emitting diodes (LED) on the main cluster and an available Head-Up display with built-in g-meter. Additional data such as fuel range, oil life and tire pressure readings for each tire are conveyed through a Driver Information Center. Plus, your location is indicated through an available voice-activated navigation system.

400 Thoroughbreds That Kick Not Prance 
The standard aluminum-block LS2 6.0 Liter V8 delivers 400 hp and 400 lb. -ft. of torque. It is the largest, most powerful engine ever offered as standard equipment on a Corvette coupe or Convertible, yet it provides outstanding fuel economy with an estimated 19 mpg city, 28 highway (with six-speed manual transmission). The LS2 Engine represents the fourth generation of the small block V8, the LS2 features a 10.9:1 compression ratio for enhanced power and efficiency plus a high-lift cam for better breathing.

Key Powertrain Features Include:

  • Rear-mounted transmission for near 50/50 weight balance.
  • Electronic Throttle Control for smooth, linear acceleration.
  • Standard short-throw six-speed delivers lighter, faster shifting.
  • Available electronically controlled Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic transmission with Performance Shift Algorithm.

Runs Like The Wind
The Corvette styling team utilized the most recent computer-aided design techniques and relied on hand sculpting when designing the exterior of the 2005 Corvette. A lot of love and care and over 400 hours of wind tunnel testing went into making it look so dang good. A drag coefficient of less than 0.29- as well as indexing door glass for tighter seals- contributes to great overall aerodynamic efficiency. This also affords impressive fuel efficiency, quiet highway cruising and a 186 mph top-speed capability on the test track (with available Z51 Performance Handling Package). The 2005 Corvette delivers power and passion, it is evident that the 2005 Corvette is more competition-influenced than any previous Corvette. The large wheels are topped by dramatic fender forms. the exposed headlamps (which had not been seen on a Corvette since 1962) combine with the grille to produce a powerful looking “face” on the car.

The New 6.0 L V8 LS2 Engine
The new LS2 was the most powerful standard small-block engine ever offered in Corvette. Its features include: all new 319-T5 aluminum deep-skirt block casting with cast-in-place iron cylinder bore liners and cross-bolted main caps, cylinder head design derived from the C5 Z06, Camshaft lift increased to take advantage of increased head flow, revised exhaust manifolds that are 34% lighter, compression raised to 10.9:1, and more powerful engine controller that incorporates all electronic throttle control functions. The 2005 Corvette can go up to 186 mph, which was faster than any production Corvette in history. It reaches zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds, 4.1 with the optional Z51 Performance Package.

Zero To Open Air in 18.0 Seconds
Corvette’s new available power top cycles the top up or down quickly without having to leave the driver seat. The convertible rear window is 18.5 percent larger for better rearward visibility. And the standard manual top is even lighter and easier to operate than before. Both configurations use a five-layer fabric that hides the underlying structure for a good top-up appearance, plus it aids in the preservation of the car’s aerodynamics and reduces noise from the road.

Overall, the weight of the 2005 Corvette was significantly reduced. This was a feat considering multiple features were mass-increased including the wheels, tires, robust brakes, and body acoustics. The vehicle keeps the hydroformed steel rail backbone structure, which features cored composite floors, an enclosed center tunnel, rear mounted transmission and aluminum cockpit structure. Newly redesigned were the knuckles, suspension cradles, control arms, bushings, springs, dampers, steering gear, and stabilizer bars. Three suspensions are available, the standard for comfort and handling, the selectable Magnetic Selective Ride Control, and the Z51 Performance package. These options let drivers choose the setup that will best suit their style of driving. The optional F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control features magneto-rheological dampers that have the ability to detect road surfaces and adjust the damping rates to those surfaces almost instantly, resulting in  optimal ride control. The performance package is more aggressive. The Z51 offers some more intense dampers and springs, bigger stabilizer bars, and larger cross-drilled brake rotors for optimum performance on the track, while still providing a comfortable ride. With each of the suspension options, anti-lock braking, traction control, and Active Handling operate in concert. The new dynamic chassis control systems are smarter, less intrusive, and more adept to making the total driving experience great, exactly what drivers expect from a Corvette.

Mechanical Dimensions 

Feature Coupe
Wheelbase 105.7inches / 2686mm
Overall length 174.6 inches / 4435mm
Overall width 72.6 inches / 1844mm
Overall height 49.1 inches / 1246mm
Front tread 62.1 inches / 1577mm
Rear tread 60.7 inches / 1542mm
Standard Tires Front/Rear Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-2
Extended Mobility
Front:  P245/40ZR-18
Rear:  P285/35ZR-19
RPO Z51 Tires Front/Rear Goodyear Eagle F1 SC
Extended Mobility
Asymmetric Tread
Front:  P245/40ZR-18
Rear:  P285/35ZR-19
Steering Speed sensitive, magnetic-controlled, hydraulic power-assisted, rack-and-pinion.
Front suspension Short/long arm (SLA). Cast aluminum upper & lower control arms. Transverse, composite leaf spring. Stabilizer bar. Monotube shock absorbers.
Rear suspension Short/long arm (SLA). Cast aluminum upper & lower control arms. Transverse, composite leaf spring. Stabilizer bar. Monotube shock absorbers.
Brakes Antilock four-wheel power disc
Brake Rotors (Base) Front:  12.8 x 1.26 / 325 x 32;
Rear:  12.0 x 1 / 305 x 26
Brake Rotors (Z51) Front:  13.4 x 1.26 / 340 x 32
Rear:  13.0 x 1 / 330 x 26
Body Construction Steel frame w. hydroformed side rails. Aluminum & magnesium cockpit structure. Aluminum chassis components. Composite body panels
Fuel Tank 18.0 gallons / 68.1

Engine Specifications

Feature Base Engine RPO LS2
Displacement 6.0l / 364cid / 5970cc
Bore & Stroke 4″ x 3.62″ / 101.6mm x 92mm
Block Material Cast Aluminum
Cylinder Head Material Cast Aluminum
Valvetrain OHV, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel Supply SEFI (sequential electronic fuel injection)
Compression ratio 10.9:1
Horsepower 400hp / 298kw @ 6000rpm
Torque 400 lb.-ft @ 4400
Recommended Fuel 93 octane recommended, not required
Maximum Engine Speed 6500 rpm
Estimated Fuel Economy Manual: 19 city/ 28 highway / 23 combined
Automatic 18 city/ 25 highway/ 21 combined


  • Arctic White
  • Lemans Blue Metallic
  • Precision Red
  • Black
  • Velocity Yellow
  • Machine Silver Metallic
  • Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic
  • Victory Red
  • Millennium Yellow Clear Coast
  • Monterey Red
  • Magnetic Red Metallic II

Interior Colors: 

  • Cobalt Red
  • Black
  • Light Cashmere
  • Steel Gray