The Corvette has always been one of Chevrolet’s signature models, but it was when they unveiled the fifth generation to the world with the Corvette C5 in 1997 that they took things to another level. For starters, one thing it improved on from the preceding C4 was a much sturdier structural platform.
This meant that the Corvette C5 was the first such convertible Corvette model. It also housed a new Borg-Warner T-56 6-speed manual transmission, however, it still carried the 4L60-E automatic transmission that had been a feature of previous generations of the Corvette.
Another new feature of the C5 is the 6 litre, LS1 V8 engine, packing an impressive 430 bhp, offering superb performance in terms of speed, capable of zooming from 0 - 60 mph in 5 seconds, and 0 - 100 mph in 11.7 seconds, with achievable top speeds of 170 mph.