2003 Chevrolet Corvette

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2003 Chevrolet Corvette Review

Sleek, tidy, safe, fast, and stable all describe this vehicle perfectly.

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Overview

2003 is the 50th anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette. This model comes with a high quality suspension system, the Magnetic Selective Ride Control system. The 2003 Chevrolet Corvette edition comes in coupe and convertible body.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8, 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic overdrive, six-speed manual overdrive
Models: Chevrolet Corvette Coupe, Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, Chevrolet Corvette Z06

What's New

The 50th anniversary 2003 Chevrolet Corvette comes in two body styles: the coupe and the convertible. To celebrate the anniversary, this edition comes with a special red color. The Magnetic Selective Ride Control system for spectacular ride quality is unique to this edition. Standard fittings include fog lights, power passenger seats, and dual-zone climate control settings.

Exterior

The 2003 Chevrolet Corvette comes with 18 x 9.5-inch alloy wheels and P275/40R Z run-flat tires. It has intermittent wipers on the windshield, and the rear window on the coupe comes with defogger. The Chevrolet Corvette comes with a removable hard top. The exterior dimensions of the 2003 Chevrolet Corvette are 73.6 inches wide, 47.7 inches high, 179.7 inches long. It sits on a 104.5-inch wheelbase and can ferry cargo up to 24.8 cubic feet maximum.

Interior

The interior of the 2003 Chevrolet Corvette comes with leather on the shift knob and on the sport front seats. The height-adjustable passenger and driver seats have adjustable lumbar support settings. The power fittings on the 2003 Chevrolet Corvette include power door locks, power mirrors, and power windows. The leather steering wheel is tilt-adjustable and comes with speed-proportional power steering.

Dual-zone climate controls for the driver and passenger are standard fittings in the 2003 Chevrolet Corvette. It also comes with reading lights in the front, and both the driver and passenger get an illuminating vanity mirror each. The dashboard has a clock and a trip computer. The entertainment system on the Chevrolet Corvette has four speakers and an AM/FM radio with a single CD-player with stereo. The interior dimensions of the Chevrolet Corvette are 37.9 inches headroom, 54.2 inches hip room, 42.7 inches legroom and 55.3 inches front shoulder room.

Performance & Handling

The base 2003 Chevrolet Corvette comes with a 5.7-liter, V-8 engine pumping 350 hp at 5600 rpm horsepower, 360 lb-ft at 4000 rpm torque, with 16 valves, and overhead valves (OHV). It is a rear drive, has a four-speed automatic transmission, and has a limited slip differential in the rear. The suspension system of the Chevrolet Corvette comes with double wishbone front suspension, double wishbone rear suspension, and four-wheel independent suspension.

Safety

The safety features on the 2003 Chevrolet Corvette include a four-wheel Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) and ventilated disc brakes in the front and rear. The vehicle comes with stability, traction, and electronic brake-force distribution systems to enhance stability.

The post-impact system in the 2003 Chevrolet Corvette includes integrated headrests for the driver and passenger. It has head airbags in the front, and anti-theft alarm system, and an engine immobilizer. The two systems enable the driver to set off an alarm or deactivate the engine as deterrents to vehicle theft. The front of the Chevrolet Corvette comes with daytime running lights and fog lights.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Corvette Coupe: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Corvette Convertible: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Corvette Z06: 19/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Safety features
  • Stability
  • Performance
  • Engine power
  • Attractive body design
  • Trim options
  • Speed handling

You Won't Like

  • Interior materials
  • Limited entertainment features

Sum Up

Sleek, tidy, safe, fast, and stable all describe this vehicle perfectly.

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