Evolution of the Corvette
Corvette C5 (1997-2004)
With the C5, Chevrolet again redesigned the Corvette. Production in the C5 era began with just 9752 cars produced in 1997, but then stabilized at about 35,000 cars per year. Base model C5 Corvettes use the 345-350 horsepower LS1 engine, with optional powerplants yielding up to 405 horsepower in the 2002 Z06 performance model. Special editions were available in many years of the C5, including the controversial 2003 50th Anniversary model.