2005 C6 Corvette Coupe Unveiled!

Chevrolet's newest C6 combines ferocious power with aggressive handlingcapabilities - and does it with an unprecedented level of refinement.

Jeff Bartlett Jan 6, 2004 0 Comment(s)

Chevrolet unveiled the sixth-generation Corvette offsite at the Detroit Opera House, with a fitting tribute to the car's legacy and solid introduction to the more powerful, more refined C6.

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The heart of the beast is a Gen IV LS2 small-block producing 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. This 6.0-liter engine is backed by either a four-speed 4L65-E automatic or six-speed Tremec manual gearbox. The independent suspension is entirely new, though familiar options continue: including F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control and aggressive Z51 performance package.

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Evolutionary styling sees the C6 measure five inches shorter and one inch narrower than the C5. Besides the notable body creases, the C6 is distinguished by the Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps -- the first fixed units since 1962. A fresh interior design addresses C5 criticisms for feeling cheap for a $50k car; smart application of premium materials and trim bits make a strong impression. The 2005 sees several available cabin technologies, such as a configurable heads-up display with lateral g readout, DVD-based navigation system with voice activation, and XM Satellite Radio. Both the coupe and convertible will be on sale fall 2004.

Images provided by Wieck Media Services, except where noted.

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GM Chairman & Chief Executive Officer G. Richard Wagoner, Jr. leads the unveiling of the latest Corvette in Detroit.

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