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1987 Corvette Production and Performance Numbers


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1987 Corvette Model Year Highlights

  • The L98 engine for the 1987 model year saw a 5 hp increase from last year's 235 hp aluminum cylinder head equipped engine.
  • The Z52 sport handling package appeared which incorporated various parts of the Z51 option with the softer suspension from the base model.  The Z52 option included a radiator boost fan and heavy duty radiator, engine oil cooler, Bilstein shock absorbers, 16 x 9.5 in. wheels, larger front stabilizer bars, 13:1 steering ratio and increased structural improvements from the convertible model.
  • RPO B2K, known as the Callaway Twin Turbo option was introduced this year and was installed at Callaway's shop in Old Lyme, Connecticut and not at the Corvette factory in Bowling Green, KY.  121 coupes and 63 convertibles were built with this option.  The engine was rated at 345 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque and came equipped with 0.60 overdrive gearing.  Top speed was reached at 177.9 mph.
  • The 1987 Corvette was picked as one of the world's top ten cars by Car & Driver magazine.

The following production numbers for the 1987 Corvette came from the Bowling Green Corvette Assembly plant in 1987.

Available Options
RPO Description Price Production
1YY07 Base Coupe $27,999 20,007
1YY67 Base Convertible $33,172 10,625
AC1 Power Passenger Seat $240 17,124
AC3 Power Driver Seat $240 29,561
AQ9 Leather Sport Seats $1,025 14,119
AR9 Base Leather Seats $400 14,579
AU3 Power Door Locks $190 29,748
B2K Callaway Twin Turbo $19,995 184
B4P Radiator Boost Fan $75 7,291
C2L Dual Removable Roof Panels $915 5,017
24S Removable Roof Panel, blue tint $615 8,883
64S Removable Roof Panel, bronze tint $615 5,766
C68 Electronic Air Conditioning $150 20,875
D74 Illuminated Driver Vanity Mirror $58 14,992
D84 Two-Tone Paint (coupe) $428 1,361
DL8 Twin Remote Heated Mirrors (convert.) $35 6,840
FG3 Delco Bilstein Shock Absorbers $189 1,957
G92 Performance Axle Ratio, 3.07:1 $22 7,285
KC4 Engine Oil Cooler $110 6,679
K34 Cruise Control $185 29,594
MD8 Automatic Trans. $0.00 26,334
MH5 Manual Trans. NA 1,518
MK2 Manual Trans. NA 2,780
MM4 4-spd, Manual Trans. $0.00 4,229
NN5 California Emission Requirements $99 5,423
UL5 Radio Delete $-256 247
UM6 AM-FM Stereo Cassette $132 2,182
UU8 Delco Bose Stereo System $905 27,721
VB4 Gulf States Export NA 3
VD1 European Export NA 20
VE1 Japanese Export NA 25
V01 Heavy Duty Radiator $40 7,871
VT7 Unregulated Export NA 10
Z49 Canadian Export NA 1,553
Z51 Performance Handling Pkg. (coupe) $795 1,596
Z52 Sport Handling Pkg. (coupe) $470 12,662
Z6A Rear Window/Side Mirror Defoggers (coupe) $165 19,043

Other Production Options
RPO Description   RPO Description
AX4 European Belt System   T89 Tail/Stop Lamp Assembly, European
C49 Electric Rear Defogger   UD2 Alarm/Vhile Speed (105 KH)
DD9 Electric Outside Rear View Mirrors   UJ6 Low Tire Pressure Indicator
K05 Engine Block Heater   UK1 Japanese Radio Frequency
L98 Engine, 5.7L V8, TPI   UL2 European Radio Frequency
MX0 Auto. Transmission w/ Overdrive   U18 Export Speedometer
NM5 Canadian Export Emission Reg.   VD1 European Modifications
NM8 Export Emission System   VE1 Japanese Modifications
QZD P255/50VR16, Steel Belt Radial Tires   V70 Front Tow Hook - Export
T72 Left Rule of Road Headlamps   T84 Left Rule of Road Headlamps
Production:  Coupes: 20,007  Convertibles:  10,625  Total:  30,632

Exterior/Interior Color Options
RPO Exterior Interior Soft Top Coupe Convertible Total
13U Silver Metallic GR-MG BK-W 239 538 777
18U Medium Gray Metallic GR-MG-R BK-W 770 265 1,035
20U Nassau Blue Metallic B-GR BK-W 1,798 879 2,668
35U Yellow GR BK-W 572 479 1,051
40U White B-BR-GR-MG-R-S B-S-W 1,651 1,446 3,097
41U Black GR-MG-R-S BK-S-W 3,121 1,980 5,101
53U Gold Metallic GR-S BK-S 264 133 397
59U Silver Beige Metallic BR-GR BK 788 162 950
66U Dark Orange Metallic GR-S BK-S 52 35 87
69U Dark Beige Metallic BK-S GR-S 147 98 245
74U Flame Red Metallic GR-S BK-S-W 3,911 1,667 5,578
81U Bright Red GR-R-S BK-S-W 5,043 3,242 8,285
18L Silver/Gray 2-Tone GR-MG-R NA 403 0 403
41L Gray/Black 2-Tone GR-MG NA 316 0 316
13L White/Silver 2-Tone GR-MG NA 195 0 195
69L Lt. & Dk. Beige 2-Tone BR NA 447 0 447
Abbreviations:  B=Blue, BK=Black, BR=Bronze, C=Cloth, GR=Graphite, L=Leather, MG=Medium Gray, R=Red, S=Saddle, W=White
Interior Color Codes
RPO Color Production
12C GR/C NA
15C MG/C NA
21C B/C NA
62C S/C NA
65C BR/C NA
122 GR/L NA
152 MG/L NA
212 B/L NA
622 S/L NA
652 BR/L NA
732 R/L NA
Convertible Top Color Codes
RPO Color Production
NA BK 4,748
NA S 1,719
NA W 4,158

Note:  Some exterior colors had more than one RPO.  There were three exterior color combinations that combined one color on the top half of the car and one color on the bottom half of the car.  This is seen in the last three exterior color code combinations as listed above.

Performance Review
Magazine GM Spec. RT RT
Pub. Date   June 1987 1986
Model   Convertible Coupe
Transmission   4-spd. manual w/ OD 4-spd. manual w/ OD
0-30 mph (sec) NA 2.1 2.0
0-40 mph (sec) NA NA NA
0-50 mph (sec) NA 4.7 4.3
0-60 mph (sec) NA 6.3 5.9
0-70 mph (sec) NA 8.2 7.8
0-80 mph (sec) NA 10.5 10.1
0-90 mph (sec) NA 13.1 NA
0-100 mph (sec) NA NA 15.4
1/4 Mile (sec/mph) NA 14.8 / 95 14.5 / 97.0
Top Speed NA NA NA
Braking (ft.) NA 130 ft. (60-0 mph)
230 ft. (80-0 mph)
131 ft. (60-0 mph)
230 ft. (80-0 mph)
Lateral Accel. NA 0.87 g 0.89 g
RT = Road & Track Magazine