The 2000 Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car manufactured by the Chevrolet division of General Motors. The car was first launched in 1997, and it was a major change from the previous versions of the Corvette. It was designed right from the beginning to be a sturdy convertible as opposed to the greater focus on the coupe with the previous Corvette versions. The styling of the new C5 Corvette was also a complete shift from the previous generations. The C4 had a simplified C3 fastback design, but the C5 reversed that by providing a more graceful, yet aggressive appearance.
Body Styles: convertible, coupe
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Corvette Hardtop, Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
The 2000 Chevrolet Corvette comes with some minor cosmetic and performance refinements. A new Z51 performance-handling package is introduced, which puts a large stabilizer in front and at the rear for better handling, and thin-spoke alloy wheels with optional high-polish finish to change the outward appearance. The Corvette also comes with two new colors for the convertible and coupe models. The LSI 5.7-liter, V-8 engine is revised to meet the low-emission laws of California, and the remote keyless entry system also gets an upgrade. The passenger door-lock cylinder is removed for this model year.
The 2000 Chevrolet Corvette has a fiberglass chassis and retains some of the styling cues that have made the car so popular, including concealed headlights, side air scoops, and quad taillights. The Corvette is available as a base hardtop coupe with a fixed roof, a coupe with a removable roof panel, and a convertible with a manually folding soft top. The rear window uses glass and is fitted with a defogger. The car has 17-inch tires in front and 18-inch tires at the rear, and all four tires use run-flat technology, which allows them to go 200 miles without air. As a result, there is no need for a spare.
All Corvettes have two seats, and the 2000 model is no different. This time, they have black leather upholstery as standard. The 2000 Chevrolet Corvette can be fitted with body-hugging sport bucket seats as an option, except in the hardtop coupe. The steering wheel in the car has a power telescoping and manual tilting feature. The analog instrument cluster is easily readable, but it can be supplemented by a heads up display that projects the vehicle speed and other information in the driver’s line of sight. While previous versions of the Corvette lacked a trunk altogether, the 2000 Chevrolet Corvette comes with enough trunk space to accommodate two golf bags. Interior storage is almost nonexistent, except for a console bin and a small glove box.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Chevrolet Corvette is a rear-drive car with a 5.7-liter, V-8 engine under the hood. The engine uses aluminum cylinder heads and block and delivers 345 horsepower. The hardtop version comes with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, while the other two models get a four-speed automatic transmission as standard and the six-speed manual gearbox as an option. The engine is forward-mounted, but the transmission has been mounted in the rear for improved weight distribution and interior packaging. The car goes from standstill to 60 mph within 5.8 seconds, which says a lot about the power packed inside the engine.
The suspension used in the base model is firm but comfortable. The Z51 package makes the suspension even more firm, which makes the car too harsh to use for daily driving. Like any other Corvette, the 2000 model offers impeccable handling, even though the tail tends to shoot off around bumpy corners. The hardtop model is more rigid and athletic than the others.
The 2000 Chevrolet Corvette comes with anti-lock brakes and traction control as standard. There are no crash test results available for the car just yet.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Corvette: 16/25 mpg city/highway
- Amazing performance
- Capable of daily driving
- Good value for money
- Amazing looks
You Won't Like
- Some old-school looks may not appeal to everyone
- A few low-grade interior parts
The perennial American superstar.
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