In designing the new Chevrolet Corvette, engineers were
determined to make the model more competition-influenced
than any previous Corvette. The goal was a powerful car
with more raw performance along with a technically sophisticated
interior and a contemporary new body.
The result: the new C6 has more power, more features and
a new style. It is faster than ever, and more awe-inspiring
Corvette enthusiasts may have to wipe the drool
off their chins at this point.
The 2005 Chevrolet Corvette comes as a hatchback coupe with
a lift-off roof panel or as a convertible with a fabric
soft top and heated glass rear window. A power top is newly
available this year.
Even though the new dimensions have shrunk, the new C6 has
just as much room as before. The new instrument panel and
doors are covered with cast-skin foam-in-place trim that
looks like a leather-wrapped, padded panel.
All the luxuries you would expect are present, as is a
new MP3 player. A full-function OnStar system is also available.
New this year is an optional onboard navigation system.
Using a 6.5-inch color touch-screen display, the DVD-based
system contains all the map data for the United States and
Canada on one disc.
The new 2005 Chevrolet Corvette is 5 inches shorter and
about 1 inch narrower than its predecessor. Larger wheels
(18-inch in front, 19-inch in rear) are topped by dramatic
fender forms. Exposed headlamps return as well, with fixed
Xenon High-Intensity Discharge lamps there to provide superior
The Chevrolet Corvette's 6.0-liter V8 has an increase in
horsepower this year, resulting in ratings of 400 horsepower
at 6000 rpm and 400 lb-ft of torque at 4000. There are two
transmission choices: a 6-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic.
The Tremec 6-speed manual system features improved shifting
characteristics with new synchronizers that reduce travel
by 10 percent, and a redesigned shifter lever. The Hydra-Matic
4L65-E automatic transmission is an upgraded version of
the C5's 4L60-E, and includes GM's advanced Performance
Algorithm Shifting, which automatically selects the optimal
gear for a given driving condition.
Check this out: the 2005 Chevrolet Corvette is capable
of 186 mph, faster than any production Corvette in history.
It reaches zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds, and
in 4.1 seconds with the optional Z51 Performance Package,
and it covers the quarter-mile in 12.6 seconds at 114 mph.
Safety and Security
Antilock 4-wheel disc brakes, an antiskid/traction control
system and a tire-pressure monitor are standard. The convertible
also has side airbags.