Everything You Want to Know About the 1990 Corvette, All in One Place.
Although the C4 had already proven itself throughout the second half of the nineteen-eighties, there was no question that the Corvette would be transformed forever with the arrival of the 1990 model year.
In its entire history, there have been few model years that were so widely anticipated as the 1990 Corvette ZR-1. Although the ZR-1 had originally been slated for a midyear-1989 release, it had been delayed until the 1990 model year because of engineering and design refinements that prevented it from being ready prior to 1990.
Now, as Chevrolet moved into a new decade, it did so with the most technologically advanced, and one of the most powerful Corvettes of all time. Although the automotive world was focused on the arrival of the ZR-1, all Corvettes built-in 1990 received some minor improvements. In an ongoing effort to meet the first phase of the federal government’s “passive restraint” crash protection regulations, Chevrolet introduced a standard driver’s side airbag to its entire fleet, including the Corvette.
The supplemental inflatable restraint (SIR) airbag system was a first of its kind. Additionally, the Corvette’s antilock braking system was upgraded with improved yaw control that allowed for more secure handling.