This generation of Corvette was completed with a new 5. In , a roadster body appeared with a tent top. A total of , copies were produced. Camshafts two per block were in the head, and each cylinder had 4 valves, which is unusual for the American engine building.
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Corvette began the new millennium with continued momentum at the racetrack. While the C5-R had established itself as a contender at the racetrack during the racing season, Chevrolet decided to increase the cars capabilities by enhancing it for the season. The car placed third and fourth in its class 10th and 11th overall at the 24 Hours of LeMans in June, Worth Texas. The Corvette introduced a number of new features, including the introduction of a dual-zone climate control system.
Production Corvettes did not receive any substantial mechanical changes for the model year, though a few enhancements were made.
Perhaps the most notable of these involved the upgrades made to the Z51 Performance Handling Package. While these changes did not produce a notably stiffer ride, they did improve handling, especially in transient maneuvers, by increasing roll stiffness. Most of the other mechanical improvements for the Corvette centered around drivability and ride stability as well.
Engineering improvements were made to the Selective Real-Time Damping suspension. These changes largely involved the introduction of new or revised algorithms integrated with a re-designed softer jounce bumper for ride and handling improvements.
However, this is actually 15 hours less than the production of the C4 Corvette. This is due in large part to the fact that the C5 Corvette actually had fewer mechanical components than the earlier Corvette The Corvette Wheels. Additionally, improvements were also made to the manual-transmission shifter. The tension of the spring that located the shifter between the first-second gear gate and the fifth-sixth gate in the manual transmission was increased to provide a better sense of gear location and selection.
Still other mechanical improvements included improved windshield seals, the introduction of dual-zone climate control, and changes to the seat belts, seat materials and seat construction. Cosmetically, there were virtually no changes made to the car design, although there were some minor improvements made to the detailing on the car. Most significant of these changes was the modifications made to the five-spoke, standard aluminum wheels.
The new wheels were now fully forged with a flow-formed rim for greater durability, even though the new wheels featured thinner spokes than its predecessors. The popularity of this alternate polished wheel caused Chevrolet to announce in January, that a new, painted wheel from a different supplier would become standard to permit an increase in production of the polished wheel. This new standard wheel was similar in design, though it did feature slightly thicker spokes.
The Corvette introduced a conventional access-control system to replace the proximity controlled system introduced in The proximity-based keyless entry system, which had proved to be perplexing to many consumers, was discontinued for in favor of a more conventional keyfob that utilized button controlled actuation.
While the proximity controlled system had been around since its introduction in the Corvette, few consumers were saddened to see it replaced by this new, more conventional access-control system, which enabled drivers to lock and un-lock their cars with the press of a button.
First, on September 2, , the No. To commemorate the arrival of the new millennium, Chevrolet offered two new paint colors or the model year — Millennium Yellow and Dark Bowling Green Metallic.
Prices for the Corvette increased only marginally for the model year. While some consumers claimed that the short-lived run of the FRC Corvette was the direct result of poor sales figures, the reality of the decision was somewhat more complex.
While the hardtop Corvette promised increased performance, it offered little real performance improvement over the base model coupe. Still, while the improved suspension, steering and handling did provide consumers a superior driving experience in some respects, General Motors was about to change the face of the Corvette market forever by introducing a variant of the hardtop coupe that would be more powerful than almost any Corvette that had come before it.
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