2003 Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet Corvette

A major vary from its forerunner the C4, the C5 featured a hydroformed box underframe, a conception that offered an improved geomorphological chopine, particularly for a exchangeable trunk dash. The contagion was resettled to the ass of the car to configuration an incorporated, rear-mounted transaxle forum, attached to the all-new LS1 locomotive via a torsion pipe – an locomotive/transmitting organisation enabling a 50-50 (pct, front-rear) weightiness dispersion for improved treatment. The LS1 locomotive initially produced 345 hp (257 kW), afterwards increased in 2001 to 350 hp (261 kW). The 4L60-E robotic transmitting carried concluded from former models, but the manual was replaced by a Borg-Warner T-56 6-speed subject of a 175 mph (282 km/h) top speeding. Congenator to the C4, the new chopine and geomorphologic innovation well rock-bottom squeaks and rattles.

In the maiden manakin class (1997), solitary the fastback putsché was offered, with the transformable – the get-go to whirl a torso since 1962 – chase in 1998. 1998 likewise saw the C5 transmutable tempo the Indianapolis 500, and a replication tread car version was sold and the 1998 Corvette was named “Drive Movement Car of The Yr”; C5 Corvettes afterward paced the 2002 and 2004 Indianapolis 500 races, but no replication stride car versions were offered during those modeling geezerhood. In 1999, a 3rd eubstance elan, the hardtop (likewise referred to as the “fixed-roof putsché” or “FRC”), was added to the card. This consistence fashion, as its distinguish suggests, featured a rigid top (no obliterable targa top empanel as with the fastback putsché) with a roofline configuration and torso infinite interchangeable thereto of the transmutable. besides as a distinguishable notchback-style bottom windowpane.

2003 Chevrolet Corvette

Parenthesis from ornamental differences (new bike styles, key colours, gait car/commemorating editions in 1998, 2003, and 2004, etcetera.), hp boosts, and new offerings for optional equipment, thither were few rudimentary changes from one modelling yr to the following inside the yield run of the C5. One of the more pop “hi-tech” options introduced to the Corvette business was a head-up presentation or HUD, spell another instauration was the Fighting Manipulation Organisation (offset usable as an choice in 1998, so received on all models in 2001). The C5 was likewise the get-go Corvette to merged a drive-by-wire confine; and variable-effort guidance, whereby the assistance grade of the superpower guidance is wide-ranging according to fomite swiftness (more at lour speeds, less at higher speeds). Too far-famed, though seldom discussed, the C5 multiplication was the offset modeling to acquire the analog or ‘bicycle-built-for-two’ wiper constellation, abandoning the opposed conformation that was put-upon on every premature Corvette exemplar since the outset in 1953.

In line to the report of high-performance vehicles for pathetic fire thriftiness, the C5 achieves relatively gamy EPA ratings of 18/25 mpg (metropolis/highway) with the reflex infection and 19/28 with the manual transmittance, allowing it to debar the “gas gulper” tax that is levied against about early vehicles in the Corvette’s category. A routine of factors are responsible this: the comparatively spark slant of the C5 (a curbing angle nether 3,300 lb (1,500 kg); Chevrolet went hitherto as to overleap the save outwear as a weight-saving quantity, relying upon run-flat tires alternatively); the C5’s low dredge coefficient; and the fomite’s inclination to upshift into the higher gears as shortly as potential. The manual contagion’s Computer-Aided Appurtenance Shifty results in an obligatory sack from 1st geartrain now into 4th appurtenance nether sure drive weather; the scheme can be deactivated done the use of an aftermarket gimmick.

Respite choices for the fundament manakin C5 were special to the measure abatement (RPO FE1), with options for either the autocross-inspired FE3 Play Abatement (included with the Z51 Operation & Treatment Parcel and criterion on the 1999-2000 FRC); or the F45 Selective Razz Controller Reprieve, which permitted “on-the-fly” driver excerption of unlike razz characteristics (variation or touring). Recent in the product run (start with the 2003 simulation twelvemonth), the F55 Magnetised Selective Drive Mastery Abatement replaced the F45 as the one-third hanging prize. The racing-inspired FE4 reprieve secondhand for the Z06 is stiffer again than any offered on the groundwork manakin C5, and is unequalled thereto example with no optional suspensions offered. The C5’s abeyance consisted of fencesitter unequal-length image wishbones with transversal fibreglass mono-leaf springs and optional magnetorheological dampers.

2003 Chevrolet Corvette

The C5 is able of duplicate or besting the 0-60 mph quickening multiplication of around of the mankind’s pm sports cars, including the Aston Martin DB7 Advantage, and the Ferrari 355. A complex of promulgated operation numbers for the base-model takeoveré and exchangeable gives a 0-60 mph meter of about 4.5 seconds, and a standing quarter-mile meter of some 13.3 seconds at 108 mph (both multiplication for a fomite weaponed with the 6-speed manual transmittance).

Spell the C5 may sustain been initially criticized for victimisation cheap materials and elder engineering (e.g., composites in soundbox panels and flooring boards; an OHV locomotive; and folio springs), seemingly as cost-cutting measures, these components are really selfsame firm for their comparatively igniter burden (low bulk), or birth proved reliableness. The C5’s modular torso panels shuffle first-class use of a whippersnapper complex cloth known in the self-propelling manufacture as SMC or shroud wrought complex, a typecast of fibreglass that is blended and bonded with plastics. SMC provides wagerer shelter against organize blows because it is real cadaver and leave not scratch. The level boards on the C5 are a complex sandwich of SMC with balsa in the midriff. Balsa was elect for its extremum harshness, igniter burthen and first-class vocalize irksome qualities. The all al LS1 smash valve locomotive is lots hoy than its casting press harbinger, the LT1 and provides for a practically glower hoodline when compared to an viewgraph cam pattern of congeneric translation. The complex riffle springs are often barge and sit often lour than distinctive volute springs and assist render the C5 with its fantabulous cod characteristics and typical drive meridian.


A replacement to the ZR-1 made its entry in 2001 as the Z06, bighearted a nod to the high-performance Z06 interpretation of the C2 Corvette of the Sixties. Rather of a large, double-overhead cam locomotive wish in the ZR-1, the Z06 ill-used a high-output, tuned variation of the touchstone LS1 Corvette locomotive (designated LS6), which initially produced 385 hp (287 kW). Although its summate hp production was less than that of the finale ZR-1, the Z06 was practically flatboat, and could out-perform the ZR-1 in every class exclude top swiftness. It likewise toll well less money than the ZR-1. The Z06 restrict weightiness totaled 3,118lbs.

Chevrolet engineered respective modifications for the Z06 to outdo use the increased exponent. Start with the nearly structurally unbending consistency fashion, the hardtop or FRC, new components included: uprated FE4 reprieve, bigger wheels and tires, revised train ratios, and operational bracken chilling ducts. The Z06 is 38 pounds hoy than a stock C5 hardtop thanks to weight-saving measures such as a ti release, dilutant deoxyephedrine, igniter cycle, non-EMT tires, decreased audio proofing, rigid back tuner aeriform, and a light shelling. Start with the 2002 modeling class, the LS6 locomotive turnout was increased to 405 hp (302 kW) due to a bigger CFM air inhalation, stiffer valve springs, igniter na filled valves and more fast-growing camshaft facelift and timing.

The 2004 Z16 Commemorating Variant was equipt with a c character cowling, economy an extra 10 pounds of weighting. Otc singular characteristics of the Z16 (Commemorating Version Z06) are the refined aluminium wheels, particular pigment colour and striping, and commemorative-edition badging and pedal core caps. The Z16 besides standard impact damping tuning for improved manipulation. The Z16 alternative accounted for the bulk of Z06 Corvettes in 2004, totaling 2025 units, with 325 units shipped oversea.

2003 Chevrolet Corvette

Manufactory broth operation figures for the 405 hp (302 kW) adaptation of the Z06 admit an speedup meter from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and 12.4 seconds in the stern knot.

Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Replica

In 1998, the new introduced exchangeable adaptation of the C5 was elect to yard the Indianapolis 500 subspecies, and a Gait Car Reproduction (RPO Z4Z) was offered to the populace. Away from absent the equipment essential for existent rate car duties (lightness bar, extra racing harnesses, etcetera.), thither was fiddling remainder betwixt the Gait Car Replication C5 and the fomite that really saw obligation during the airstream. The Rate Car Replication bundle consisted of a especial blusher semblance (“Radiolocation Blueing”), singular upcountry colours (blackness and yellow-bellied), multi-color xanthous wheels, and especial yard car decals. The Tread Car Replication packet likewise included early optional equipment: the fresh introduced Combat-ready Treatment Scheme (RPO JL4); an electronically tuned AM/FM wireless with CD thespian and a Bose loudspeaker; an electronic dual-zone warming & air conditioning organisation; and leather adjustable play pail seating. Spell regarded by many as the virtually flash Corvette show bundle offered to see, the 1998 Rate Car Replicas yet relish a warm and patriotic followers of owners and collectors.

50th Anniversary Edition

A Fiftieth Anniversary Variation (RPO Z25) was offered during the 2003 framework twelvemonth to memorialize a half-century of Corvette yield. Useable in transmutable and coupe models (but not with the Z06), the Fiftieth Anniversary Variant came with a peculiar tint of red rouge (“Anniversary Red Metal”) and shale two-tone leather inner; Anniversary Variation convertibles were decorated with a shale-colored balmy top also. A new pick for Corvette in 2003, the F55 Magnetised Selective Bait Command Abeyance was touchstone on the 1SC-equipped Anniversary Version vehicles. Peculiar (“Tender Ni Metal”) multi-colour aluminium wheels, embroidered upholstery cut, and badges accomplished the Anniversary Version box. Besides included were all of the contraption options offered on the upscale Corvette models.

A slimly limited Fiftieth Anniversary Version Corvette was elect to rate the Indianapolis 500 slipstream in May 2002; so the product fomite became a centrepiece of the subsequent Fiftieth Anniversary Festivity, sponsored by Chevrolet. Festivities included gatherings in Nashville, Bowling K, and St. Louis. Thousands of Corvettes and their owners arrived from terminated the area to enter in the events grading the fomite’s Fiftieth yr of yield.

Chevrolet Corvette Moray concept (2003)

It is a variation of Corvette coupe intentional by Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro of Italdesign, commemorative 50 geezerhood of the Chevrolet Corvette. It included 6.0 liter V8 locomotive, doorway windowpane one-half noodle, patsy offstage doorway hinged to the backside column.

The fomite was unveiled in 2003 Hollands Centrifugal Demonstrate.

24 Hours of Le Mans Commemorative Edition

During the 2004 modelling yr, a 24 Hours of Le Mans Commemorating Variation box (RPO’s Z15 & Z16) were offered as an selection for all trey C5 models (fastback putsché, transformable, Z06) in jubilation of the C5-R “1-2” in-class finishes at Le Mans. The bundle consisted of a extra key coloration (“Le Mans Blueness Metal”); shale two-tone leather upcountry (putschés and convertibles sole); and full, silver-and-red stripe optionally applied refine the plaza of the car (Z06 lonesome). Commemorating Variant convertibles standard a shale-colored balmy top, and the Z06 rendering (dubbed the “Z16” astern its RPO for the Le Mans Commemorating Version) standard a c roughage cowl as a encourage weight-reduction quantity. Exceptional commemorating badging, headrest fancywork, and bright urbane bike rims (a offset on the Z06) with singular centercaps accomplished the packet.

Thither were 2,025 Commemorating Variant (RPO Z16) Z06’s reinforced in 2004. The VIN’s where sequenced figure at the Bowling Greenness, KY engraft ranging from the kickoff 100013, to the finish 132518.

2003 Chevrolet Corvette


Different earliest generations of the Corvette that produced rarefied vehicles based mainly on locomotive options (e.g., the L88), thither was no veridical theory that any such rarities could pass with the C5. The base-model C5 had but one locomotive alternative: the LS1; and likewise for the Z06, thither was just the LS6. Notwithstanding, putt express editions such as the 1998 Indy Gait Car parenthesis, thither were a turn of outside colour offerings that were produced in congenator few numbers. In around cases, the oddment of the colouration is captive to particular torso styles.

Excluding the purposely-unique present fomite from modelling yr 2000, produced in Pt Purplish Metal, arguably the rarest of all C5 colours intended for product is 1998’s Aztec Gilded Metal (RPO 58U), with a add of 15 units produced (12 takeoverés and 3 convertibles). Spell thither was technically one fewer fomite produced during the 1998 manakin yr in Navy (RPO 28U; the 1998 vehicles were produced as a run run of the key colour, which was slated for launching during the 1999 example yr), Aztec Au Metal was ne’er offered again (although a particular, one-off fomite was produced in 2003 – delivery the 1000 summate for the colouring to 16 factory-produced units), whereas Navy was offered done the end of manakin yr 2001, with vehicles afterward produced in sufficient quantities during those modeling geezerhood to brand the coloration comparatively platitude on the C5.

The following rarest C5 colour is Fairway Jet [Metal] (RPO 87U), offered just during the 1997 and 1998 manakin eld, with 344 add units produced; this narrowly edges out the 1998-only Regal Amethyst Metal (RPO 95U), with 361 aggregate units produced. Still, based on trunk styles, Royal Amethyst Metal is more uncommon on the takeoveré (215 vs. 284 units), and Fairway Greens [Metal] is more rarefied on the transformable (60 vs. 146 units) – and plainly, a translatable in either coloring is more uncommon than a putsché in either semblance.

2003 Chevrolet Corvette

Boilersuit, the rarest FRC colour is Nassau Blueing Metal/Cerulean (RPO 23U); useable thereon personify dash sole during the 1999 and 2000 manakin age, a tally of 391 units were produced therein coloration. Yet, the rarest Z06 coloration is 2001’s Speedway Tweed (RPO 40U), with solitary 352 summate units produced; patch ovalbumin was useable on the FRC during the retiring modeling geezerhood (a aggregate of 626 units produced in 1999 and 2000), 2001 was the solitary exemplar class in which albumen was offered on a C5 Z06.

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