1996 Chevrolet Corvette

  • 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Base Convertible

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      5.7L V8
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  • 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe

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1996 Chevrolet Corvette Review

Hot ride with lots of power.

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The 1996 Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car that's offered as either a coupe or convertible. The LT4, a new Corvette engine, debuts this year, and its engine provides a mega boost in power, teamed up with a manual transmission. The result for drivers is extremely strong acceleration at a fast pace. Along with its incredible speed, the Corvette is a beauty to look at and easily stands out in a crowd. Both drivers and passengers are sure to have a fun experience.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 5.7-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

What's New

The 1996 Chevrolet Corvette gets an upgraded engine that produces more horsepower, a stiffer suspension setup, and a selective real time damping system for the shock absorbers.


The 1996 Chevrolet Corvette coupe and convertible both have a sporty, flashy design. It measures approximately 178 inches long, 70 inches wide, 46 inches tall, and has a 96.2-inch wheelbase. The Corvette sits on 17-inch alloy wheels and has impact-absorbing bumpers with a rubbing strip in the front and rear, heated door mirrors, fog lights, and spoilers in front and on the trunk. The convertible has a soft top roof with a hard storage cover and glass rear window.


The 1996 Chevrolet Corvette has a beautiful interior on both convertible and coupe models. It is a two-seater with leather bucket seats that have lateral support and back angle adjustment, divided by a storage console with cup holders, an ashtray, and a coin tray. The sport tilt steering wheel is wrapped in leather, and the instrumentation panel in the dash is electronic liquid-crystal with white analog and digital displays. It features power windows and locks, a low oil level indicator, and alerts the driver when the headlights are left on.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Chevrolet Corvette comes packed with a 5.7-liter eight-cylinder engine that cranks out an impressive 330 horsepower and 340 lb/ft of torque. It can be teamed with either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic transmission. It can zip from zero to 60 mph in just over five seconds.

The 1996 Chevrolet Corvette is built with an independent wishbone front suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs and an independent multi-link rear suspension with stabilizer bar and leaf springs. This setup provides a stable, comfortable ride. The Corvette is equipped with power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering to provide better handling.


The 1996 Chevrolet Corvette comes equipped with anti-lock brakes on either two or all four wheels. There are also driver and front passenger front-impact airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Corvette: 17/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Looks beautiful
  • Lots of power
  • Good handling

You Won't Like

  • Costly to repair
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Below average fuel economy

Sum Up

Hot ride with lots of power.

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