America’s Sports Car: The History of Corvette

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Fifth Generation: 1997 Corvette C5
In 1997 the debut of the fifth-generation Corvette marked another significant step with improvements in every area including exterior design, interior, chassis and performance. Offered only as a coupe with a removable roof panel, the Corvette C5 is lighter and stiffer than the previous generation thanks to the use of hydroformed frame rails — each made from a single piece of tubular steel — and the first-ever Corvette transaxle to achieve nearly a 50/50 weight balance. A new LS1 aluminum block 5.7-liter V8 engine was introduced, producing 345 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque combined with a new Borg-Warner 6-speed manual transmission.

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