The Chevy Corvette was a revolutionary car when it first debuted, and it spent many of the following years regularly redefining style and American performance. But, while wedge-bodied C3 and C4 ‘Vettes certainly had their fans, a new century called for a new standard in chassis construction, sophistication and performance. The C5 covered all bases not only with a new, hydroformed chassis and a rear-mounted transaxle that helped to balance it, but with the latest and greatest generation of GM V-8 engines.

C5 Corvette with the LS1 Engine, 1997 to 2000

The standard production option during the C5 model years equipped the Corvette with Chevrolet’s LS1 engine. This aluminum block V-8 had a displacement of 5.7 liters and used sequential multi-port fuel injection to feed gas through two valves per cylinder. Prospective buyers could purchase the C5 Corvette with a four-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Both drivetrains delivered 345 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 350 foot-pounds of torque at 4,400 rpm.