All new in 2005, Chevrolet’s ironical Corvette does more than it ever did before and does it well. The C6 Corvette, which replaced 2004’s C5 model, promises a combination of dramatic flair and substantial mechanical refinement. Based on industry reaction, the car seems to have come through with its promise.
Body Styles: Hatchback coupe, Convertible
Engines: 6.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Corvette C6
The 2005 Chevrolet Corvette C6 replaces 2004’s C5. With this, the C6 provides increased power and precision, while promising to set the bar for a new standard of excellence. The 2005 Chevrolet Corvette C6 is five inches shorter, has a tighter silhouette, and makes use of every available space. Improvements in handling, braking, and acceleration are made, and the C6 is more aerodynamically-designed than ever with advanced high-speed stability.
The 2005 Chevrolet Corvette C6 replaces the C5’s 350 horsepower, 5.7-liter, V-8 engine with a six-liter V-8 with 400 horsepower. In addition, the 2005 Chevrolet Corvette C6 adds a Magnetic Selective Ride Control, which automatically regulates to match the density of the road surfaces. A Z51 package is added, which offers larger brakes, stronger nonadjustable suspension, and an acceleration boost with the automatic transmission. The wheel diameter is increased to 18 inches in the front and 19 inches in the rear. Front side airbags are now standard on the convertible and optional on the coupe. Xenon headlights and remote keyless entry are now standard. Optional features now include a navigation system, OnStar, satellite radio, heated seats, and a display that projects gauge details onto the windshield.
The 2005 Chevrolet Corvette’s shorter and leaner fiberglass body is an impressive sight from any angle. It is available in either a hatchback or a convertible with an optional power top. The top is triple layered, giving the convertible a ride with noise levels as quiet as the coupe. The hatchback has a choice of either a clear or a painted removable top. The 2005 Chevrolet Corvette has exposed headlights for the first time since 1962. In the tradition of the Corvette, the ""expressive face"" of this vehicle is still there. In addition, its original 1950s-inspired center-mounted egg crate-styled grille remains on the 2005 Chevrolet Corvette.
The 2005 Corvette’s first noticeable change is the easy entrance due to the windshield being straighter and further away from occupants’ heads. The car also features more comfortable seats with pronounced lumbar and lateral support. Interior convenience features include remote power door locks, power mirrors, heated mirrors, front console storage, front cup holders, and remote trunk release. Additional features include interior air filtration, dual zone climate controls, reading lights, leather trim on shift knobs, leather steering, and dual lighted vanity mirrors.
The vehicle is equipped with a unique remote keyless ignition, which can be activated when someone sitting in the passenger or driver seat has the device in his or her pocket or purse. The noisy Corvette interior from the old days is gone, due to 15 pounds of noise-reducing material that blocks out the road and tire noise. The equipped Bose audio system can actually be heard now. Even the storage in the doors and console increased.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Chevrolet Corvette C6 sports a powerful six-liter, V-8 engine with 400 horsepower. Magnetic Selective Ride Control automatically regulates to match the density of the road surfaces. The Z51 package offers larger brakes, stronger nonadjustable suspension, and an acceleration boost when coupled with the automatic transmission.
The 2005 Corvette’s stability control system is made for a much smoother ride than before and the increased horsepower can definitely be felt. It’s not surprising that the 2005 Chevrolet Corvette is capable of 186 mph and can go from zero to 60 mph in an impressive 4.1 seconds. After ignition, the engine settles into that low rumble that is so pleasant to hear.
The 2005 Chevrolet Corvette is loaded with safety features, including a four-wheel anti-lock braking system, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, a remote anti-theft alarm system, daytime running lights, front fog lights, engine immobilizer, auto delay off headlights, dusk sensing headlights, high-intensity headlights, stability control, traction control, and tire pressure monitoring.
EPA Fuel Economy
Corvette C6: 16/26 mpg city/highway
- Performance equal to the world’s best sports cars
- Performance bargain when compared to cars of similar capabilities
- Daily-driver livability
- Precision build quality
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