Everyone knows what a Corvette is. I’m not going to bore you with design features and fathomable social impacts this car has had on the United States, and I’m sure many other countries. Today, this blog is going to discuss raw engine specifications and what the sheer engineering capabilities Chevrolet have issued to the Corvette, from an Inline-6, to a small block V8, to a big block V8, to a supercharged V8, they really have done it all. I will merely be scraping the surface. I will only be commenting on the engines eat model were ORIGINALLY RELEASED with. So, if your uncle in California has a Small Block V8 in his 1957 C1 instead of an Inline-6, you can kiss my fiberglass paneling.
Now, many people, including me, look at a Corvette and think: “mid-life crisis” or “handicap of +18”, but is there really a car mind behind a salesman’s car? The Corvette story started in 1953 when Chevrolet released the C1. The C1 was a two-seated roadster with a 3.9L Inline-6, cast frickin iron baby, #Merica. This I6 put out a pretty decent 150 Horespower, and a top speed of 108 mph. With a front-engine and rear wheel drive in 1953, this is monstrous. They made 300 and only sold 183 of them. Her:
In 1963, after a number of increases in engine size (small block V8) and modality (disc brakes) to the C1, Chevrolet released the C2 or as it was known: THE STINGRAY. The stingray introduced independent rear suspension and a 7.0L Big Block 327 V8-engine. This engine was a four speed manual, which is a crazy difference compared to the two speed automatic in the C1. The Stingray put out a huge 435 Horsepower and hit a top speed of 150 mph, In 1963.. okay merica. This was her:
Here is a super cool video/blog/vlog that Petrolicious uploaded about the C2. It really goes in depth about the vehicle and the cinematography will make you tingle in places you probably haven’t tingled in a while:
In 1968, the Sharknado C3 was released. I make this joke because the C3 was largely influenced by Larry Shinoda’s Mako Shark II concept car. The C3 was mostly carryover from the C2 , but it did have a different engine and it was also the first time that a Corvette was used as a Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500. The C3 had an L30 engine, which is a 5.4L Small Block V8 that could ramp up a huge 300 Horsepower, yet only 123 mph for a top speed. Car and Driver states that “The C3 was a more refined, less rattling ride” (Fink, 2019). This was her:
The C4 was released in 1984, and it’s predecessor had made A LOT of changes between 68′ and 84′. A LOT. Too much to talk about, in fact. But, we will roll with it. The C4 had an L83 5.7L V8 “Crossfire” Engine which put out 205 Horsepower, but with port injection, could produce a top speed of 170 mph. The C4 looked really different, and well.. was really different. Lighter, faster, smaller, easier to handle.. definitely steering away from its muscle competitors like the ‘Stang. The C4 reminds me of Dwight Shrute when he drives his Pontiac Trans-Am with Firebird parts:
Okay, so here.. a C4 Corvette:
And now.. Dwights Pontiac Trans-Am:
I think I’d pick the Trans-Am.. but that’s just me. Anyway, enough comparing a Pontiac to a Corvette. I need everyone to know that I am strictly kidding. Don’t buy a Trans-Am thinking it’s a Corvette. You will be very disappointed and won’t actually be able to court Angela Kinsey. She’s out of your league.
Moving on, it’s 1997, and the C5 is born. The C5 was an almost complete redesign with a bunch of cool shit that modern drivers want but your uncle John will make fun of you for at 4th of July barbecue. Some of these cool new features include: near 50/50 weight distribution, active handling (the first ever stability control for a Corvette), and electronic power steering assistance. The C5 had a 5.7L LS1 V8 engine with a bunch of cool coil and piston differences, fine tuning etc. It put out 375 Horsepower and ran a top speed of 176 mph AND she actually looked pretty decent. I’d take her to prom, but I wouldn’t take her home:
The C6 was released in 2005 and got rid of pop-up headlights, and like we talked about a couple weeks ago with the Miata MX5, fans were not amused. HOWEVER, It was released with a 6.0L LS2 V8 which pumped out 400 Horsepower and had a top speed of 200 mph.. trade-off? but she looked like shit. Put a bag on her head…. lights…. yeh.. headlights. Put a bag on her headlights haha:
The C7 was released in 2014 and she was a monster. All I have to say is: 460 Horsepower. Top speed of 200 mph. This is a road car. People may drive it on the road with other drivers. A 15 year old in Florida can take their drivers test and drive this car. Also, quad-tailpipe, pretty cool. Anyway.. This is her:
The C8 was just released this year and is the first model of Corvette to have a mid-engine placement. It is General Motor’s first mid-engine production car since the Pontiac Fiero. The C8 has a 6.2L LT2 V8 engine and produces almost 500 horsepower, with a top speed of close to 200 mph. I wonder how many retirees will wrap the C8 around a tree after one too many sherries at the church barbecue. The C8 is truly un-corvettish and un-American, but it seems to be landing pretty well in the consumer market. Only time will tell if it is able to withstand the legacy the stingray built. If you want to know more about the C8, Donut Media just released a quality video regarding all of it’s special features and weird separating dashboard thing that many of you have probably read about. Enjoy!
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