Chevrolet Corvette C4 1983-1996


May 2, 2013 By Mike Lee
Last updated on July 29, 2015
Chevrolet Corvette C4 (1987)
Country
USA
Top Speed (mph)
153
0-50 mph
4.3
0-60 mph
5.9
1/4 mile
14.5
BHP
240 @4000rpm
Torque lbft
345 @3200rpm
BHP per ton
161
Engine capacity CC/CU
5733/350
Engine type
V8 Fuel Injection (TPI)
Aspiration
Normal
Compression Ratio
9.0:1
Valve Type/No
Overhead 16
Transmission (manual/auto)
Manual with overdrive
No of speeds
4
Wheels driven
RWD
Brakes F/R
Disc/Disc
No. of Seats
2
Length (in)
176.5
Width (in)
71
Height (in)
46.7
Kerb Weight (lbs)
3280
Additional Info: No official 1983 car. 1984: the first engine in this generation Corvette was the L83 350 Crossfire injection engine rated at 205bhp, 0-60 in around 7 sec’s and 1/4 mile of around 15.5. 1984-1988 Vetts could have a 4+3 (4 speed manual with overdrive) but in 1989 this was replaced by the better 6 speed manual. 1985 saw the introduction of the popular 350 TPI (Tuned Port Injection) engine rated at 230bhp, bringing the 1/4 mile to under 15 seconds. Some tweaks to the 350 TPI in 1987-91 gave another 10-20bhp. 1992-1996 got a more powerful 350cu engine with the 300bhp LT1, 0-60 in 5.7 secs, 1/4 mile in 14.1 secs. Special tuning models such as the Callaway turbo also available. 1996 was the final year for the C4 and a Grand Sport (blue with a middle white stripe) was built to mark this, it had a 330bhp LT4 engine giving a 0-60 time of around 5.2 secs and 1/4 mile time of around 13.7 secs. Also see ZR1 below.

 

Chevrolet Corvette C4 ZR1 (1990)
Country
USA
Top Speed (mph)
170
0-50 mph
3.6
0-60 mph
4.9
1/4 mile
13.4
BHP
375 @6200rpm
Torque lbft
370 @4500rpm
BHP per ton
234
Engine capacity CC/CU
5727/350
Engine type
V8 Fuel Injection
Aspiration
Normal
Compression Ratio
11.3:1
Valve Type/No
Overhead 32
Transmission (manual/auto)
Manual
No of speeds
6
Wheels driven
RWD
Brakes F/R
Disc/Disc
No. of Seats
2
Length (in)
182.1
Width (in)
71
Height (in)
46.7
Kerb Weight (lbs)
3530
Additional Info: 1989/1990 saw the first ZR1 rated at 375bhp, as above. 1991-1992 no real change. The 1993-1995 ZR1 now rated at 405bhp, with low 13 second 1/4 miles. A very rare road race ZR2 around this time was also made available.

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