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1997 Corvette Performance & Specifications

Powertrain, Steering, Brakes, Dimensions, & Suspension

1997 COrvette

For Corvette enthusiasts the world over, March 7, 1997, was a date that would be long remembered.  After the 13-year production run of the C4, Chevrolet had declared this date as the day that the first all-new Corvette would be made available for sale to the public.  Given the massive amount of fanfare that surrounded the arrival of the C5 Corvette, it was little wonder that there was such an overwhelming clamor for this amazing new variant of the legendary sports car.

Read More: 1997 Chevrolet Corvette Research Center

1997 Corvette Specifications

1997 Corvette Main Specs

MODEL: 1997 Chevrolet Corvette
BODY STYLE: Two-door Coupe, front engine, rear wheel drive
VEHICLE NUMBERS (VIN): 1G1YY22G1V5100001 – 1G1YY22G9V5109707 (Corvette Coupe)
HEAD NUMBER: 102550592: 346 CUBIC INCH, 345 HP
102558806: 346 CUBIC INCH, 345 HP, LATE PRODUCTION

1997 Corvette Construction

  • Full-length perimeter frame with hydroformed frame side rails manufactured out of seamless tubular steel joined by two welded-on bumper beams.
  • The cockpit is framed by a welded cage of aluminum castings and extrusions.
  • Instrument panel cross member includes a magnesium steering column support and magnesium-core steering wheel.
  • Closed Drivetrain tunnel
  • Twin mid-ship mounted composite fuel tanks
  • Aircraft-type composite floor with a balsa wood core
  • One-piece Cast Aluminum front and rear chassis cross members
  • Body panels are constructed of flexible sheet-molded compound (SMC)
  • Quarter panels are bolted to the structure

1997 Corvette Powertrain Specifications

Engine LS1
Order Code: LS1
Cylinders: V8
Type: Overhead-Valve (OHV) / Pushrod V8
Assembly Site: Romulus, Mi
Engine Materials
Block Material:
Cast Aluminum
Cylinder Head Material:
Cast Aluminum
Intake Manifold Composite
Exhaust Manifold Insulated Dual Wall Stainless Steel
Valvetrain: OHV, 2 valves per cyl.
Cylinder Head Material: Aluminum
Main Bearing Caps: Powdered Metal
Crankshaft: Cast Iron with undercut and rolled fillets
Camshaft: Hollow Steel
Connecting Rod: Powdered Metal
Engine Specs
Displacement (liters): 5.68
Fuel induction system: Sequential Fuel Injection
Horsepower (SAE net @ rpm): 345 @ 5,600
Torque (lbs.-ft. @ rpm): 350 @ 4,400
Valves per cylinder: 2
Hydraulic roller lifters: Standard
Roller rocker arms: Standard
Bore x stroke (inches): 3.90 x 3.62
Bore x stroke (mm.): 99.00 x 92.00
Redline (rpm): 6,000
Compression ratio: 10.1:1
Cam drive: Chain
Total Dressed Engine Weight N/A
Firing Order: 18726543
Recommended fuel: Premium Unleaded
EPA – Automatic: 17 mpg / 25 mpg
Max cruising range – Automatic: 477.5 miles
EPA – Manual: 18 mpg / 28 mpg
Max cruising range – Manual: 534.8 miles
Emission control System: Three-Way Catalyst, Air Injection Reaction (AIR), Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV)


Standard Transmission Spec
Type: Rear Wheel Drive
Order Code: M30
Model: 4L60-E Hydra-Matic Rear-Mounted 4-Speed Automatic w/Overdrive
Gear Ratios
1st Gear: 3.06:1
2nd Gear: 1.63:1
3rd Gear: 1.00:1
4th Gear: 0.70:1
Reverse: 2.29:1
Axle Ratio: 2.73;1 (3.15 optional)
Final Drive Ratio: 1.91:1 (2.21 optional)


Optional Transmission Spec
Type: Rear Wheel Drive
Order Code: MN6
Model: T56 Borg-Warner Rear-Mounted 6-Speed Manual
Gear Ratios
1st Gear: 3.06:1
2nd Gear: 1.78:1
3rd Gear: 1.30:1
4th Gear: 1.00:1
5th Gear: 0.74:1
6th Gear: 0.50:1
Reverse: 2.90:1
Axle Ratio: 3.42:1
Final Drive Ratio: 1.71:1

1997 Corvette Wheels, Suspension & Brakes


Front Suspension 
Front Suspension Short/long arm double wishbone front suspension
Forged aluminum upper control arm, cast aluminum lower control arm
Transverse mounted composite leaf springs
Lubed-for-life ball joints
Individual wheel height adjusters
Stabilizer bar diameter: Base (19mm), F45 (19mm), Z51 (21.7mm)
Shock absorber diameter: Base (36mm), F45 (28mm), Z51 (45mm)
Rear Suspension 
Rear Suspension Cast Aluminum upper and lower control arm
Transverse-mounted composite leaf springs
Monotube shock absorbers
Individual wheel height adjusters
Stabilizer bar diameter: Base (19mm), F45 (19mm), Z51 (21.7mm)
Shock absorber diameter: Base (36mm), F45 (28mm), Z51 (45mm)


Type Four-Wheel Disc
Anti-lock system (Standard) Four-Wheel Disc
Rotor diameter x thickness, front (mm): 325 x 32
Rotor diameter x thickness, rear (mm): 305 x 26
Swept area, fr. / rr. (sq. in.):

Wheels & Tires

Wheels & Tires Front Rear
Wheels, size: 17 x 8.5 18 x 9.5
Number of studs: 5 5
Circle diameter, (inches): N/A N/A
Spare: N/A N/A
Tire, size: P245/45ZR-17 P275/40ZR-18
Tires, manufacturer / type: Goodyear F1 GS Extended Mobility Tires Goodyear F1 GS Extended Mobility Tires

Goodyear Eagle F1 GS Tires


Steering Front
Type: Speed-Sensitive, Power Assisted, Magnetic Variable Effort
Ratio: 16.1:1
Wheel diameter (in.):
Turns, Lock to Lock: 2.66
Turning Diameter, curb-to-curb (ft.): 38.50


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1997 Corvette Exterior Dimensions

Coupe Dimensions

1997 Corvette Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions
Model Coupe
Wheelbase 104.5 Inches
Overall Length 179.7 Inches
Total Body Width 73.6 Inches
Overall Height 47.7 Inches
Front Track Width 62.0 Inches
Rear Track Width 62.1 Inches
Ground Clearance 3.7 Inches
Overhang, Front: 38.8 Inches
Overhang, Rear: 35.7 Inches
Trunk Liftover Height: 36.7 Inches

Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions
Model Coupe
Headroom 37.8 Inches
Shoulder Room 55.3 Inches
Hip Room 54.2 Inches
Leg Room 42.7 Inches


Model Coupe
Passenger Capacity 2 – Driver & Passenger
Curb Weight – Automatic (LBS) 3,229 lbs.
Curb Weight – Manual (LBS) 3,218 lbs.
Interior Passenger Volume (cu.ft): 51.4 Cubic Feet
Interior Trunk Volume (cu. ft): 25.0 Cubic Feet
Fuel Capacity (GALLONS) 19.1 gallons
Engine Oil Capacity (QTS) 6.5 (with filter)
Coolant Capacity (QTS./LITERS) 11.4 quarts
Battery (CCA): 600 Cold Cranking Amperes
Coefficient of Drag (cd): 0.29 cd
Weight Dist. Front/Rear (%) 51.4 / 48.6

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1997 Corvette Performance Results

Performance Results
Weight-to-power ratio, auto. trans. (lbs:hp): 9.4:1
Weight-to-power ratio, man. trans. (lbs:hp): 9.3:1
Specific output (hp/liter): 60.53:1
0-60 MPH, Manual Trans. (seconds): 4.72
0-60 MPH, Auto Trans. (seconds): 5.05
Quarter Mile (seconds / mph): 13.36 / 109.4
Top Speed (mph): 172
Lateral Acceleration (g): 0.93

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