Pirelli run-flats on stock chrome C5 wheels provide the rolling power, with black powder- coated calipers handling the whoa-power.
1996: The C4’s final year includes Collector’s Edition and Grand Sport special models. The former features Sebring Silver paint, emblems, and an LT-1 engine. The Grand Sport gets an LT4 engine, as well as blue metallic paint with a white stripe and red “hash marks” on the left-front fender. New for ’96, the LT4 350- cubic-inch small-block is rated at 330 hp. The optional ($1695) Selective Real Time Damping system appears for the first time. 1997: Dave Hill makes his mark as the new chief engineer, sweat- ing details to deliver a refined sports car. The 345-hp, LS1 V-8 engine features an aluminum block. A new backbone frame, a rear transaxle, and a small-block moved behind the front suspension add nimble handling to the Corvette’s long- standing virtues of high performance and affordable price. Car and Driver’s Csaba Csere wrote, “Purists have tended to dismiss [its] value by reciting the litany of quality and refinement shortcomings that accompanied it. With the C5, that list is suddenly very short indeed.” 1998: Available as a coupe only in ’97, the convertible returns for 1998. Although it weighs 114 pounds less than the 1996 convertible, it possesses more than four times the torsional rigidity. The Corvette paces the Indy 500 for the fourth time. 1999: A hardtop joins the lineup as the lowest-cost Corvette, completing Chevy’s three-model Corvette strategy for the C5. It was the lightest of the bunch by about 80 pounds, yet also the stiffest. The Head-Up Instrument Display option comes onboard at the price of $375. 2000: The passenger-side key cylinder lock is deleted as standard Active Keyless Entry renders it redundant.
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