This press release from the GM Media Archives is an overview of the 1996 Corvette.

Note:  All information and pictures on this page are courtesy of GM Media Archives. Rev. 09/25/1995


The venerable Corvette is a legendary, high-performance car that appeals to sports car enthusiasts who want state-of-the-art technology, stylish appearance and heart-pounding performance. In its 43rd year of production, the Chevrolet Corvette provides prestige, style, power and handling at a much lower price than comparable European sports cars.

NEW FOR 1996:

* New, high-performance 5.7-litre LT4 V8 engine (available only with 6- speed manual transmission) produces an additional 30 horsepower than the 5.7-litre LT1 V8 (300 -vs- 330 hp).

* Corvette ZR-1 model discontinued

* Special Corvette Grand Sport Edition (Admiral Blue exterior with white centre stripe and red hash marks on left front fender; ZR-1 black wheels; red/black interior; blackened rotors and calipers; chrome front/rear emblems; wheel flares; body-coloured door handles; and Grand Sport embroidery on seats); available on coupe or convertible NOTE : AVAILABILITY OF GRAND SPORT IN CANADA TO BE DETERMINED.

* Special Corvette Collector Edition (features Sebring Silver exterior; ZR-1-style wheels; blackened rotors and calipers; red, black or gray interior with Collector Edition embroidery on seats; body-coloured door handles); available on coupe or convertible

* Selective Real Time Damping available for improved comfort and control * One new exterior colour

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MODELS: Corvette (2-door sports coupe) Corvette (2-door convertible)


ASSEMBLY LOCATION: Bowling Green, Kentucky


Corvette appeals to sophisticated, upscale enthusiast buyers. About 90 percent are white-collar, professional males. Average age is just under 40 years. These customers know cars, and their top priority is Corvette's fun-to-drive character.


1953 Corvette debuts
1957 Factory-installed fuel injection
1963 Split-window coupe debuts
1965 Disc brakes introduced
1968 Major restyling with removable roof panels and pop-up headlamps
1970 "LT-1" engine option available
1971 First optional "ZR-1" package available
1975 Convertible dropped from lineup; catalytic converter added
1978 Fastback body style introduced
1982 First hatchback debuts; Crossfire Injection system introduced
1984 All-new coupe introduced
1985 5.7-litre Tuned Port Injected V8 engine debuts
1986 Convertible returns to lineup; ABS and PASS-Key anti-theft systems introduced
1988 17-inch wheels and tires added as optional equipment
1989 ZF 6-speed manual transmission and Selective Ride Control added
1990 New interior; driver-side air bag added; ZR-1 option introduced with multi-valve, 375-hp 5.7L V8
1991 Convex rear fascia added to all models
1992 Second-generation, 300-hp 5.7L V8 ("LT1") and Bosch ABS/ASR combination anti-lock brake and traction control strategy debut; 1- millionth Corvette produced
1993 ZR-1 output increased to 405 horsepower; passive keyless entry introduced; 40th Anniversary model produced
1994 Passenger-side air bag added; redesigned interior; revised LT1 V8 receives sequential fuel injection, raising horsepower to 300
1995 Bosch ABS V (TM) debuts; heavy-duty brakes become standard
1996 ZR-1 discontinued; 330-hp 5.7L "LT4" V8 engine debuts; special Grand Sport and Collector Edition packages available on coupe and convertible models; selective real time damping suspension available

Antenna Power S S
Collectors Edition Package includes Sebring Silver exterior colour; 5-spoke aluminum wheels; chrome emblems; perforated leather sport seats w/ Collectors Edition embroidery -- Z15 option code O O
Grand Sport Package requires LT4 V8 and 6-speed manual transmission (includes white striping and red hash marks; chrome emblems; and 5-spoke aluminum, black ZR-1 wheels) -- Z16 option code O O Lighting Cornering lamps & under-hood courtesy S S
Mirrors Heated, electric, remote control, left and right S S
Roof Full-folding convertible roof NA S
Roof Panels Single, removable body-colour S O
Transparent, removable (requires blue or bronze tint); not available w/Grand Sport Edition O NA
Dual, includes standard body-colour removable hatch roof and transparent roof panels; not available w/Grand Sport Edition O NA
Removable body color with glass rear window hardtop and electric defroster NA O
Front - 17" x 8.5" aluminum styled
Rear - 17" x 9.5" aluminum styled


S - Standard Equipment. O - Optional Equipment. NA - Not available.

Air Conditioning:
Cargo Cover Roller-shade S NA
Console Coin-tray, cassette and CD storage, locking lighted storage compartment and integral armrest S S
Cruise Control Cruise control S S
Defogger Rear window, electric S S
Glass Solar ray, tinted S S
Keyless Entry Passive remote keyless entry system (includes remote hatch release on coupe and audible alarm) S S
Keyless Entry Remote, second transmitter O O
Instrumentation Electronic liquid crystal with white analogue and digital display and low oil level indicator w/switchable English/Metric readouts S S
Mirrors Illuminated driver and passenger visor S S
Day/night inside rearview w/integral map lamps S S
Power Door locks
Windows (driver side express down)
Radio AM/FM stereo, seek/scan, auto reverse stereo cassette, clock and extended range 4-speaker system S S
Delco Bose, AM/FM stereo, seek/scan, clock, auto reverse music search stereo cassette, with dual front and dual rear Bose speakers O O
Delco Bose, AM/FM stereo, seek/scan, clock, auto reverse music search stereo cassette, compact disc with 6 speaker system O O
Scotchguard (TM) Floor covering S S
Seat Adjuster 6-way, power, driver side S S
Seats Reclining buckets w/leather seating surface S S
Adjustable sport bucket seats w/ leather seating surface, power lumbar and power side bolsters O O
Power passenger seat, 6-way adjustable O O
Steering Wheel Sport, leather wrapped, tilt column S S
Tire Pressure Warning Low tire pressure warning system (included w/extended mobility tires) O O
Wipers Variable intermittent S S
S - Standard Equipment. O - Optional Equipment. NA - Not available.

Axle Special performance (3.07 ratio); not available w/6-speed manual transmission O O
Brakes Heavy-duty power front/rear disc w/anti-lock (ABS) S S
Damping (Real Time) Selective real time damping; features driver-adjustable ride control O O
Engines 5.7-litre LT1 V8 SFI (300-hp) S S
5.7-litre LT4 V8 SFI (330-hp) O O
Performance Handling Package Features driver-adjustable, performance-oriented package for the Gymkhana/Autocross enthusiast; (includes 17" x 9.5" aluminum styled wheels; P275/40ZR17 tires; sport suspension ride & handling; 3.07 axle ratio w/automatic transmission O NA
Heater Engine block S S
Steering Power rack & pinion S S
Suspension Fully independent w/transverse front and rear springs S S
Front-P255/45ZR17-Goodyear Eagle GS-C
Rear-P285/40ZR17-Goodyear Eagle GS-C


Extended mobility ("Run Flat") tires can run flat at zero tire pressure and remain on rim while cornering; fits on standard Corvette rim and does not look flat while at zero psi O O
4-speed automatic w/overdrive (only w/LT1 V8 engine; 6-speed manual transmission not available w/LT1 V8)
6-speed manual w/overdrive (only w/optional LT4 V8 engine; automatic transmission not available w/LT4 V8)


S - Standard Equipment. O - Optional Equipment. NA - Not available.

Airbags Driver and passenger S S
Anti-Lock Brakes 4-wheel S S
Daytime Lights Daytime running lamps w/automatic light control S S
Fog Lamps Halogen S S
Keyless Entry Passive keyless entry system w/remote hatch release(coupe only) and audible alarm S S
PASS-Key II Theft-deterrent system S S
Traction Control (ASR) S S
S - Standard Equipment. O - Optional Equipment. NA - Not available.

FRAME Integral body-frame (Birdcage)
BODY MATERIAL Polymer composites (fiberglass)
SUSPENSION Front Independent, aluminum parallel short/long arm, transverse leaf spring, stabilizer bar
Rear Independent, 5-link with transverse monoleaf spring, steel tie rods, stabilizer bar
BRAKES Power-assisted, heavy-duty vented, 4-wheel disc Bosch II anti-lock
STEERING Rack-and-pinion, power-assisted
17" x 8.5" cast-aluminum (Front)
17" x 9.5" cast-aluminum (Rear)
TIRES P255/45ZR17 Goodyear Eagle GS-C (Front)
P285/40ZR17 Goodyear Eagle GS-C (Rear)
LAYOUT Front engine / rear-wheel drive

  5.7L V8 (LT1) 5.7L V8 (LT4)
Type 90-degree OHV V8 90-degree OHV V8
Bore x Stroke 101.6 x 88.4 mm (4.0 x 3.48") 99.0 x 93.0 mm (3.90 x 3.66")
Displacement 5735 cc (350 5735 cc (350
Compression Ratio 10.4:1 10.8:1
Fuel, Recommended Premium, Unleaded Premium, Unleaded
Fuel Induction Sequential F.I. Sequential F.I.
Horsepower 300 hp @ 5000 rpm 330 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque 335 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm 340 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

  6-speed manual 4-speed electronic w/overdrive automatic w/overdrive
Gear Ratios:
1st 2.66 3.06
2nd 1.78 1.63
3rd 1.30 1.00
4th 1.00 0.70
5th 0.74 ----
6th 0.50 ----
Reverse 2.90 2.29
Final Drive Ratio 3.45 (LT4) 2.59 - std. (LT1)
3.07 - opt. (LT1)

Wheelbase 2444 mm ( 96.2") 2444 mm ( 96.2")
Length 4535 mm (178.5") 4535 mm (178.5")
Width 1796 mm ( 70.7") 1796 mm ( 70.7")
Height 1177 mm ( 46.3") 1202 mm ( 47.3")

1486 mm ( 57.7")
1500 mm ( 59.1")

1486 mm ( 57.7")
1500 mm ( 59.1")

Leg Room 1068 mm (42.0") 1068 mm (42.0")
Head Room 927 mm (36.5") 941 mm (37.0")
Shoulder Room 1368 mm (53.9") 1368 mm (53.9")
Hip Room 1253 mm (49.3") 1253 mm (49.3")

Curb Weight 1496 kg (3298 lbs.) 1536 kg (3386 lbs.)
Fuel Capacity 76 L (16.7 gal.) 76 L (16.7 gal.)
Passenger Seating 2 (front only) 2 (front only)
Trunk Volume 357 L (12.6 cu.ft.) 187 L (6.6 cu.ft.)
Liftover Height 899 mm (35.4") 899 mm (35.4")
Interior Volume 1379 L (48.7 cu.ft.) 1379 L (48.7 cu.ft.)