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         A Little History of the C4 Corvette

 

The fourth generation Corvette began production in March 1983 as a 1984 model. The 1983 model year was skipped due to production problems, although 44 prototype 1983 models were completed. The 23rd produced is displayed at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Corvette C4 production began in March 1983 as a 1984 model, and ended in 1996.

This first year model of the C4 carried over the L83 engine from the previous, 3rd generation Corvette. The L83 engine had a unique fuel delivery method dubbed "Crossfire": a dual throttle-body injection system. With the first major body, chassis and suspension change since 1963, the new C4 coupe incorporated a rear glass hatch for much improved cargo access, all new brakes with aluminum calipers, an all aluminum suspension for weight savings and rigidity, and the first one piece targa top with no center reinforcement. The Corvette C4 came standard with an electronic dashboard with digital liquid crystal displays for the speedometer and tachometer. The 1984 C4 was a complete and total redesign except for its engine, and the emphasis was on handling with the introduction of the front transverse composite leaf spring (still used today on new Corvettes). This handling focus came with the penalty of a harsh, uncompromising ride in the 1984 model.

Between 1984 and 1988, the Corvette utilized an unusual "4+3" transmission—a 4-speed manual coupled to an automatic overdrive on the top three gears. It was designed to help the Corvette meet U.S. fuel economy standards. The transmission was problematic and was eventually replaced by a much more modern and satisfactory ZF 6-speed manual gearbox in 1989. This new transmission was also the first to feature Computer Aided Gear Selection (CAGS), which used a solenoid to lock out 2nd gear during low-speed/low-throttle driving conditions.[16] This allowed the Corvette to maintain EPA fuel economy ratings high enough to avoid the "gas guzzler" tax. Beginning in 1985, the 230 horsepower (170 kW) L98 engine with tuned port fuel injection was the standard engine.

In 1986 the 2nd Indy Pace Car version was released as a convertible only. It was the first drop top Corvette since 1975. It was also the first pace car fast enough in stock form to pace the Indianapolis 500.[citation needed] A Center High Mounted Signal Light (CHMSL, a third center brake light) was added in 1986 to comply with federal law.

1988 saw the 35th Anniversary Edition. Each of these featured a special badge with an identification number mounted next to the gear selector. These Corvettes were easily identified with their white exteriors, wheels and interiors.

For the 1992 model year, the 300 horsepower (220 kW) LT1 engine was introduced, which improved output compared to the L98 in ideal tune with 250 hp (190 kW). Also introduced in 1992 was Acceleration Slip Regulation (ASR), a form of traction control which utilized the Corvette's brakes, spark retard and throttle close-down to prevent excessive rear wheel spin and possible loss of control. The traction control device could be switched off if desired.

1993 marked the Corvette's 40th anniversary. Special versions had a commemorative Ruby Red color, 40th anniversary badges and embroidered seat backs. The 1993 Corvette also marked the introduction of the Passive Keyless Entry System, the first GM car to feature it.

1996 was the final year of C4 production, and featured special models and options, including the Grand Sport and Collector Edition, OBD II (On-Board Diagnostics), run flat tires, and the LT4 engine. The 330 hp (246 kW) LT4 V8 was installed in all manual transmission equipped Corvettes. All 1996 Corvettes with automatic transmissions utilized the LT1.

The C4's handling characteristics and cornering ability allowed it to dominate SCCA events and races during the 1980s and 1990s. It was undefeated in SCCA Showroom Stock competition from 1985 through 1987, despite Porsche's best efforts. Porsche reportedly even obtained a C4 Corvette for teardown and examination.[citation needed]

The C4 had plenty of firsts: EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection), composite transverse leaf springs, antilock brakes, airbags, traction control, an aluminum frame and suspension components, digital gauges, overhead cams and four valves per cylinder in the superb ZR-1, a computer controlled, six-speed manual transmission, climate control, and a digital instrument panel. Conversely, C4 Corvettes were the last generation to utilize a centrally located fuel filler (1963), opposing windshield wipers (1953), a cast iron engine block (1953), 4 round taillights (1961), fiberglass body panels (1953), distributor ignition (1953).

 

B2K Callaway "Sledgehammer" Twin-Turbo

In 1987, the factory B2K option became available from the factory. The Callaway Corvette was a Regular Production Option (RPO B2K), the only time in Chevrolet's history a specialist manufacturer was entrusted with a technically advanced high performance RPO. The B2K option coexisted from 1990 to 1991 with the ZR-1 option, which then replaced it.

Early B2Ks produced 345 hp (257 kW) and 450 ft·lbf (610 N·m) of torque;[17] later versions boasted 450 hp (336 kW) and 613 ft·lbf (831 N·m).[18]

 

ZR-1 (1990–1995)
1995 Corvette ZR-1

In 1986, the Corvette team approached Lotus, then a GM subsidiary, with the idea of developing an ultra-high performance vehicle based on the C4 Corvette. With input from GM's "Corvette Team" of engineers and designers, Lotus designed a new engine to replace the traditional pushrod L98 V-8 that powered the standard C4. The result was the LT5, an aluminum-block V-8 with the same bore centers as the L98, but with four overhead camshafts and 32 valves. Lotus designed a unique air management system for the engine to provide a wider power band by shutting off 8 of the 16 intake runners and fuel injectors when the engine was at part-throttle, while still giving the ZR-1 375 hp when at wide open throttle. As Chevrolet had no facility available which could manufacture the new LT5, construction of the engines was subcontracted to Mercury Marine, a company in Stillwater, Oklahoma which normally specialized in high-performance marine engines.

Lotus also aided in the development of the ZR-1's standard "FX3" active suspension system, which would provide the basis for active suspension systems found (as optional equipment) on all Corvettes since. Much of the ZR-1 tuning was done at Belding, Michigan's "Grattan" raceway.

In 1990, the ZR-1 set a 24 hour speed endurance record at the Firestone test track in Fort Stockton Texas using a near-stock LT5 engine with only minor modifications, including removal of the catalytic converters. The Tommy Morrison racing team averaged 175 mph (282 km/h), including time for re-fueling and several driver changes.

In 1991, all Corvettes received updates to body work, interior, and wheels. The convex rear fascia that set the 1990 ZR-1 apart from the base model was now included on L98 Corvettes, making the styling of the expensive ZR-1 even closer to that of the base cars. The most obvious difference remaining between the base and ZR-1 models besides the wider rear wheels was the location of the CHMSL (center high mounted stop lamp), which was integrated into the new rear fascia used on the base model, but remained at the top of the rear-hatch on the ZR-1's. All corvette ZR-1's had a interesting feature, a power key. It was mounted underneath the radio and using a key you could turn the power from "full" which means all the horsepower and "normal" which disabled the secondary intake ports cutting the power to 200 hp (150 kW). This system is commonly referred to as a "valet key", and was reset to "normal" after the engine was shut off.

Further changes were made in 1992: ZR-1 badges were displayed on both front fenders and traction control was added as a standard feature. In 1993, Lotus redesigned the cylinder heads and valve-train of the LT5, resulting in a horsepower increase from 375 to 405. In addition, a new exhaust gas recirculation system improved emissions control. Production of the ZR-1 ended in 1995, after 6,939 cars had been built.

 

Grand Sport (1996)

Chevrolet released the Grand Sport version in 1996 at the end of C4 Corvette production. The "Grand Sport" moniker was a nod to the original Grand Sport model produced in 1963. A total of 1,000 Grand Sports were produced. The 810 coupes and 190 convertibles were produced with a special VIN sequence to differentiate them from the other 1996 C4 models. The 1996 Grand Sport was equipped with the LT4 engine, which produced 330 hp (246 kW) and 340 lb·ft (461 N·m) of torque. All LT4-powered Corvettes included a Grand Sport nameplate on the engine's throttle body. The Grand Sport came only in Admiral Blue with a white center stripe, distinctive black five spoke wheels, and two red hash marks on the hood above the left front wheel. Interior colors were black and red only. A hardtop option was not available with Grand Sport convertibles. They also added rear wheel arch extensions on the body, as the Grand Sport utilized the same rear wheels as a ZR-1.

 

Collector Edition (1996)

To commemorate the final year of the C4, Chevrolet reissued a Collector Edition. Also produced in low numbers, all CE's were painted Sebring Silver, a color reminiscent of the 1963 Sting Ray and later retained for the C-5 color lineup. A near mirror image of the Grand Sport, if properly equipped, it also got the 5 spoke "A mold" wheels in matching silver, bigger ZR-1 brakes, and a myriad of standard features. Like all production 1996 Corvettes, the LT-4 received the ZF 6-speed gearbox thought by many to be the strongest GM transmission ever.[citation needed] Automatics were an option, and still retained the LT-1. CE's were also available in a convertible with 3 interior color choices, red, silver and black. On all four sides of the car, a special set of "Collector Edition" flags were appointed, and also embroidered in the seat backs.

 

   
 
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1984-1985 Corvette Front End Suspension Rebuild Kit "Stage I"
Price: $285.64
1984-1985 Corvette Front End Suspension Rebuild Kit "Stage I"
ALL AMERICAN QUALITY PARTS
Complete Minor Urethane Kit includes 2 upper ball joints, 2 lower ball joints & 2 outer tie rod ends
1984-1985 Corvette Front End Suspension Rebuild Kit "Stage II" (Polyurethane)
Price: $309.47
1984-1985 Corvette Front End Suspension Rebuild Kit "Stage II" (Polyurethane)
ALL AMERICAN QUALITY PARTS
Complete Major Urethane Kit includes 2 upper ball joints, 2 lower ball joints & 2 outer tie rod ends & 1 Urethane control arm bushing set
1984-1985 Corvette Front End Suspension Rebuild Kit "Stage III" (Polyurethane)
Price: $375.25
1984-1985 Corvette Front End Suspension Rebuild Kit "Stage III" (Polyurethane)
ALL AMERICAN QUALITY PARTS
Complete Deluxe Urethane Kit includes 2 upper ball joints, 2 lower ball joints & 2 outer tie rod ends, 2 inner tie rods & 1 Urethane control arm bushing set
1984-85 Corvette Clutch Hose - GM Part# 14047673
Price: $127.19
1984-85 Corvette Clutch Hose - GM Part# 14047673
GM Part # 14047673 1984-1985 Manual Transmission Clutch Hose. Fits between The Clutch Master Cylinder and Clutch Slave. Comes with new Banjo Bolt and 2-banjo washers. CH8485
1984-87 Corvette Brake Hose Set - Blue Stainless Steel Braided
Price: $151.37
1984-87 Corvette Brake Hose Set - Blue Stainless Steel Braided
D.O.T Compliant, 4-hoses, 4-Banjo Bolts, 8-Banjo Washers, and 4-Hose Clips
1984-87 Corvette Brake Hose Set - Graphite Stainless Steel Braided
Price: $151.37
1984-87 Corvette Brake Hose Set - Graphite Stainless Steel Braided
D.O.T Compliant, 4-hoses, 4-Banjo Bolts, 8-Banjo Washers, and 4-Hose Clips
1984-87 Corvette Brake Hose Set - Red Stainless Steel Braided
Price: $151.37
1984-87 Corvette Brake Hose Set - Red Stainless Steel Braided
D.O.T Compliant, 4-hoses, 4-Banjo Bolts, 8-Banjo Washers, and 4-Hose Clips
1984-87 Corvette Brake Hose Set - Yellow Stainless Steel Braided
Price: $151.37
1984-87 Corvette Brake Hose Set - Yellow Stainless Steel Braided
D.O.T Compliant, 4-hoses, 4-Banjo Bolts, 8-Banjo Washers, and 4-Hose Clips
1984-87 Corvette Brake Pads Front HAWK High Performance Street HPS HB173F.570
Price: $124.19
1984-87 Corvette Brake Pads Front HAWK High Performance Street HPS HB173F.570
HAWK HPS Performance "Ferro Carbon" Front Brake Pad Set, 1984-87 C4 Corvette Brake Pads. HB173F.570
1984-87 Corvette Complete Brake Rotor Set (4) Vented 11.5"
Price: $237.72
1984-87 Corvette Complete Brake Rotor Set (4) Vented 11.5"
Closest match to Original Equipment (OE) on the Market! Featuring correct rivet holes and surface grind. 1984-87 Corvette Rear Replacement Brake Rotor.
1984-87 Corvette Front Replacement Brake Rotor (Vented 11.5"
Price: $63.91
1984-87 Corvette Front Replacement Brake Rotor (Vented 11.5"
Closest match to Original Equipment (OE) on the Market! Featuring correct rivet holes and surface grind. 1984-87 Corvette 11.5" Front Vented rotor
1984-87 Corvette Front Replacement Brake Rotor Set (2) Vented 11.5"
Price: $121.43
1984-87 Corvette Front Replacement Brake Rotor Set (2) Vented 11.5"
Balanced & Matched Set of 2 Front (Left & Right) Disc Brake Rotors. Closest match to Original Equipment (OE) on the Market! Featuring correct rivet holes and surface grind. 1984-87 Corvette 11.5" Vented rotor
1984-87 Corvette Rear Replacement Brake Rotor (Vented 11.5")
Price: $32.86
1984-87 Corvette Rear Replacement Brake Rotor (Vented 11.5")
Closest match to Original Equipment (OE) on the Market! Featuring correct rivet holes and surface grind. 1984-87 Corvette 11.5" Rear Vented rotor
1984-87 Corvette Rear Replacement Brake Rotor Set (2) Vented 11.5
Price: $121.43
1984-87 Corvette Rear Replacement Brake Rotor Set (2) Vented 11.5
Closest match to Original Equipment (OE) on the Market! Featuring correct rivet holes and surface grind. 1984-87 Corvette Rear Replacement Brake Rotor.
1984-87 Corvette Stainless Steel Braided Brake Hose Set with Hardware Kit
Price: $119.28
1984-87 Corvette Stainless Steel Braided Brake Hose Set with Hardware Kit
D.O.T Compliant, 4-hoses, 4-Banjo Bolts, 8-Banjo Washers, and 4-Hose Clips
1984-92 C4 Corvette Rack and Pinion Boot with Clamps
MSRP: $26.99
Price: $20.75
Savings: 23 %
1984-92 C4 Corvette Rack and Pinion Boot with Clamps
1984-96 Corvette Brake Pads Rear HAWK HPS HB112F.540 C4
Price: $69.28
1984-96 Corvette Brake Pads Rear HAWK HPS HB112F.540 C4
HAWK Performance "Ferro Carbon" Brake Pad Set, Rear, 1984-96 Corvette Brake Pads. HB112F.540
1984-96 Trailing Arm Bushings. Synthetic Elastimer Compound. 8pc Kit for 1 car
Price: $155.24
1984-96 Trailing Arm Bushings. Synthetic Elastimer Compound.  8pc Kit for 1 car
1984-96 Trailing Arm Bushings. Synthetic Elastimer Compound
1986-1987 Corvette Front End Suspension Rebuild Kit "Stage I"
Price: $285.64
1986-1987 Corvette Front End Suspension Rebuild Kit "Stage I"
ALL AMERICAN QUALITY PARTS
Complete Minor Urethane Kit includes 2 upper ball joints, 2 lower ball joints & 2 outer tie rod ends
1986-1987 Corvette Front End Suspension Rebuild Kit "Stage II" (Polyurethane)
Price: $309.47
1986-1987 Corvette Front End Suspension Rebuild Kit "Stage II" (Polyurethane)
ALL AMERICAN QUALITY PARTS
Complete Major Urethane Kit includes 2 upper ball joints, 2 lower ball joints, 2 outer tie rod ends & 1 urethane control arm bushing set
1986-1987 Corvette Front End Suspension Rebuild Kit "Stage III" (Polyurethane)
Price: $375.25
1986-1987 Corvette Front End Suspension Rebuild Kit "Stage III" (Polyurethane)
ALL AMERICAN QUALITY PARTS
Complete Deluxe Urethane Kit includes 2 upper ball joints, 2 lower ball joints, 2 inner tie rod ends, 2 outer tie rod ends & 1 urethane control arm bushing set
1986-88 Corvette Clutch Hose GM Part# 10046506
Price: $127.19
1986-88 Corvette Clutch Hose GM Part# 10046506
GM Part # 10046506
1986, 1987, 1988 Manual Transmission Clutch Hose. Fits between The Clutch master Cylinder and Clutch Slave. Comes with new Banjo Bolt and 2-banjo washers. CH8688
1988-1996 Corvette Front End Suspension Rebuild Kit "Stage I"
Price: $285.64
1988-1996 Corvette Front End Suspension Rebuild Kit "Stage I"
ALL AMERICAN QUALITY PARTS
Complete Minor Urethane Kit includes 2 upper ball joints, 2 lower ball joints & 2 outer tie rod ends
1988-1996 Corvette Front End Suspension Rebuild Kit "Stage II" (Polyurethane)
Price: $309.47
1988-1996 Corvette Front End Suspension Rebuild Kit "Stage II" (Polyurethane)
ALL AMERICAN QUALITY PARTS
Complete Major Urethane Kit includes 2 upper ball joints, 2 lower ball joints, 2 outer tie rod ends & 1 urethane control arm bushing set
1988-1996 Corvette Front End Suspension Rebuild Kit "Stage III" (Polyurethane)
Price: $375.25
1988-1996 Corvette Front End Suspension Rebuild Kit "Stage III" (Polyurethane)
ALL AMERICAN QUALITY PARTS
Complete Deluxe Urethane Kit includes 2 upper ball joints, 2 lower ball joints, 2 inner tie rod ends, 2 outer tie rod ends & 1 urethane control arm bushing set
1988-93 Corvette Brake Hose Set - Blue Stainless Steel Braided
Price: $151.37
1988-93 Corvette Brake Hose Set - Blue Stainless Steel Braided
D.O.T Compliant. Kit includes 4-Hoses, 4-Banjo Bolts, 8-Banjo Washers, and 4-Hose Clips. Corvette 1988-93 All
1988-93 Corvette Brake Hose Set - Graphite Stainless Steel Braided
Price: $151.37
1988-93 Corvette Brake Hose Set - Graphite Stainless Steel Braided
D.O.T Compliant. Kit includes 4-Hoses, 4-Banjo Bolts, 8-Banjo Washers, and 4-Hose Clips. Corvette 1988-93 All
1988-93 Corvette Brake Hose Set - Red Stainless Steel Braided
Price: $151.37
1988-93 Corvette Brake Hose Set - Red Stainless Steel Braided
D.O.T Compliant. Kit includes 4-Hoses, 4-Banjo Bolts, 8-Banjo Washers, and 4-Hose Clips. Corvette 1988-93 All
1988-93 Corvette Brake Hose Set - Yellow Stainless Steel Braided
Price: $151.37
1988-93 Corvette Brake Hose Set - Yellow Stainless Steel Braided
D.O.T Compliant. Kit includes 4-Hoses, 4-Banjo Bolts, 8-Banjo Washers, and 4-Hose Clips. Corvette 1988-93 All
1988-93 Corvette Stainless Steel Braided Brake Hose Set with Hardware Kit
Price: $119.28
1988-93 Corvette Stainless Steel Braided Brake Hose Set with Hardware Kit
D.O.T Compliant. Kit includes 4-Hoses, 4-Banjo Bolts, 8-Banjo Washers, and 4-Hose Clips. Corvette 1988-93 All
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