For the past two years, the Corvette has received a "Best
Buy" distinction in the sports car class from Consumer
Guide. Unless something drastic changes, the 2004 Chevrolet
Corvette should continue this success. In short, the Corvette
keeps winning the title because it has outstanding power
and performance features, a unique style, interior comfort
and a reasonable price tag.
Last year, Corvette marked a half-century of achievement
with a special 50th Anniversary Edition. For 2004, it presents
special commemorative editions for the coupe, convertible
and Z06. These flashy models pay homage to the wildly successful
C5-R racing program.
The 2004 Chevrolet Corvette is available as a hatchback
coupe with a removable roof panel, a convertible with a
manual fabric top and heated rear glass window and as a
fixed-roof Z06 hardtop, plus the special commemorative editions.
All Corvettes seat two people in lush bucket seats. The
2004 Chevrolet Corvette truly has a racecar's feel on the
inside with its clean gauge cluster and dashboard.
Standard features on the 2004 Corvette include leather
upholster, 6-way power seats, a center console, heated power
mirrors, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry
and a Bose AM/FM/CD player. Z06 models have a unique head-up
A clean, Shale interior comes with each of the three commemorative
Commemorative edition convertibles get a shale convertible
top to match the interior. Le Mans Blue paint, special badges
and polished wheels help distinguish all commemorative edition
models. The Z06 Commemorative Edition also receives a lightweight
carbon fiber hood.
Advanced technology and powerful engines characterize the
2004 Corvette. Coupes and convertibles have either 4-speed
automatic transmission or 6-speed manual mated to a 5.7-liter
V8 engine with 350 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 360 lb-ft
of torque at 4000 rpm (375 lb-ft of torque with manual transmission).
The Z06 is even more impressive. It features a 5.7-liter
V8 engine with 405 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 400 lb-ft
of torque at 4800 rpm, mated to a standard 6-speed manual
transmission. For 2004, the Z06 has revised shock valving
for an even better ride.
Other features that contribute to the Corvette's legendary
driving experience include Magnetic Selective Ride Control,
Goodyear EMT "run-flat" tires (coupe and convertible),
active handling and a rear transaxle.
Safety and Security
An advanced safety system is needed to counter the type
of power produced by these engines, and that's just what
the Corvette is given. Electronic traction control, limited-slip
differential, antilock 4-wheel disc brakes, an antiskid
system, dual front airbags and a tire-pressure monitor are