1997 Chevrolet Corvette

  • 1997 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe

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1997 Chevrolet Corvette Review

Taking performance to the next level.

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Kicking off its fifth generation, the 1997 Chevrolet Corvette is designed for performance. In addition to its speed and handling, this year’s model includes a sporty design with all the sleek lines people have come to expect from the Corvette, as well as more comfort for passengers than the previous generation of Corvettes offered. Reaching speeds of 60 mph in just under five seconds, it is equipped with acceleration slip regulation as well as rear wheels measuring 18 inches wide for some of the best handling available on the market. The cost of this year’s Corvette opens its power and beauty up to more consumers, and its fuel economy, at 24 mpg on the highway, rates better than many sedans on the market.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 5.7-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Corvette

What's New

The 1997 Chevrolet Corvette has been redesigned for the launch of its fifth generation.


The 1997 Chevrolet Corvette is iconic to say the least. A sporty, two-door coupe, its body is made up of a sheet molded compound, a stronger alternative to the previous incarnations made of fiberglass. The exterior also features stylish tubular steel side rails and a thick, shortened tail. Its front tires measure 17 inches in diameter and its rear wheels are 18 inches wide. The look is always recognizable and the new shape will keep it modern for years to come.


The 1997 Chevrolet Corvette includes analog gauges in the dashboard, as well as an impressive 25 cubic feet of space for cargo in the rear. Other standard features include AM/FM cassette audio system, air-conditioning, leather-trimmed steering wheel, power windows and locks, power driver’s seat, cruise control, and more.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Chevrolet Corvette is equipped with a 5.7-liter, V-8 engine named the LS1. Its horsepower measures 345 at 5600 rpm with a torque of 350 lb-ft at 4400 rpm. For better performance than the standard four-speed automatic transmission with which the base model comes, an optional six-speed manual transmission is available. For those rainy days, acceleration slip regulation is standard. When compared alongside other sports coupes of its class, its fuel economy of 24 mpg on the highway. The 18-inch wide rear wheels offer excellent road grip as well.


Safety features for the 1997 Chevrolet Corvette include four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS), anti-theft alarm system, driver and passenger front airbags, daytime running lights, as well as traction control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Corvette: 16/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent performance, reaching speeds of 60 mph in just under five seconds
  • Reasonably priced compared to other Corvette models
  • Large trunk space

You Won't Like

  • Electronics are expensive to repair
  • Driving is hard on the tires

Sum Up

Taking performance to the next level.

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