The advent of the C5 took the Corvette past the barriers of the C4, which never quite generated the enthusiasm of the older models. With the new body style and increased performance, the C5 was the start of a whole new era for Corvettes.
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Engine & Transmission::
The C5 Corvette started out with the LS1 V8 engine at 345 horsepower, with a choice of 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. This was the first Corvette to have a rear-mounted transaxle, which improved the weight balance of the car and reduced drivetrain power loss, giving the new C5 a performance boost throughout the lineup. A base C5 was about as fast as the previous premium C4 "King of the Hill" edition.
1997 marked the first year for the rear-mounted 6-speed manual transaxle and 4-speed automatic transaxle
The new LS1 engine delivered 345 horsepower
A 1997 Corvette does 0-60 in 4.7 seconds, and 60-0 in 125 feet
Top speed for a 1997 C5 Corvette is 172 MPH
Lateral G in the 1997 C5 was .93g - the best ever for a production Corvette
9,752 Corvettes were made in 1997 - all coupes - at a base price of $37,495