2005 Chevrolet Corvette
Sale: Late summer 2004
Expected Pricing: About $45,000
The 2005 Chevrolet Corvette goes on sale late this summer. It boasts an all-new body with a narrow hood, and wide fenders instead of a flip-over front end, contrary to recent practice, with a very slippery 0.28 drag coefficient as a result of a great deal more attention paid to aerodynamics. Some 85 percent of the C6 Corvette's parts are new.
It features an all-new and substantially roomier interior with new white LED gauges. The sleek new body features exposed headlamps for the first time since the '62 model, sleek high-intensity discharge xenon headlamps. The Corvette is expected to have much closer body tolerances, as small as 3.5 mm for the fiberglass body, and indexed window glass that fits tighter whether open or closed. The new Corvette, which everybody is calling the C6 for Corvette, sixth generation, is a whopping 5 inches shorter and 1 inch narrower than the C5, but the overall weight is about the same.
Under that long hood is a new 6.0-liter all-aluminum V8 engine that makes 400 horsepower and 400 foot-pounds of torque, each of them peaking 400 rpm sooner on the tachometer so you don't have to rev the engine so high and so hard to go really, really fast. And the engine burns cleaner than before with better fuel mileage. Chevrolet says that their 400-horsepower baby will get an honest, repeatable, normal 30 miles per gallon in sixth gear at highway cruising speeds as a result of aerodynamic and rolling resistance improvements as well as reduced engine internal friction.
Chevrolet says the standard Corvette will go more than 180 mph, making it the fastest Corvette ever. The base engine will make as much power as the Z06 engine did last year. Meanwhile, rumor has it that the next Z06 will have 500 horsepower on tap when it comes out.
Call Paul Masse Chevrolet today to schedule a time to see the new Corvette in person!