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The 2005-present C6 Chevrolet Corvette is the fastest and most expensive Corvette to date. Available in a number of models, such as the Z06 aluminum frame with 505hp 7.0 LS7 dry sumped V8, ZR-1 with the 6.2 super charged LS9 Chevy V8 and the standard 6.0l LS2 or newer 6.2l LS3 V8. The C6 is available in various body styles, convertible/cabriolet, coupe, wide body (Z06, ZR1 and Grand Sport) and a targa top (t-top) style with removable hard roof panels.
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The 1997-2004 C5 Corvette launched the birth of a new third generation of "small block" Chevy engines, designated "LS". The LS1, a 345 hp/350hp 5.7l V8, was more reliable, more efficient, and featured an aluminum block. The C5 was also available as a Z06 spec (a model name not seen since the C2) with 405hp. The C5 is the last Corvette to feature pop up headlights, and encompassed the fixed roof coupe (FRC), convertible, and coupe bodies.
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The 1984-1996 C4 Corvette small blocks define upward transition out of the low performance emissions era, beginning with the L83 and ending with the Grand Sport LT4. The fourth generation Corvette debuted the reborn LT1 and teamed with Lotus to design the powerful quad overhead cam, 32 valve LT5 engine that brought the legendary ZR-1 to life. In addition to increased horsepower, the progressive Vette integrated new plastics and aluminum into its sleek T Top, coupe, and convertible chassis -- indicating the aggressive look of future models.
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The "Mako Shark II" is the third and longest-running generation of Chevrolet Corvettes. Built between 1968 and 1982, it is the first Corvette to receive the 350 ci 5.7l "small block" (1969), also available with a 427 7.0l "big block" V8 in 1968/69. The offering was enlarged to 454 ci (7.4l) in 1970 and then dropped in 1974. The C3 Corvette had the least powered V8 ever fitted to a Corvette (1980, 180hp 305ci, California only) as well as what has been speculated to be the most powerful V8 ever fitted to a Vette, the all-aluminum race engine 427 ci ZL1. The ZL1 reportedly produced up to 680hp, despite being advertised with just 430hp.
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The C2 Corvette, released in 1963, came with a split rear window and independent rear suspension. The C2's hp numbers grew over the years until the Corvette was available with a "big block" 396 ci option in 1965, which grew to 427 ci when the last C2 rolled down the St Louis production line in 1967.
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The C1 Corvette was released in 1953 to compete with British and Italian sportscars of the day. Initially sluggish, with its 6 cyl "Blue Flame" truck engine and 2 speed powerglide automatic transmission, the C1 would eventually receive a 265 ci V8 engine and 3 speed manual transmission. A GM-Rochester fuel injection was also fitted as an option to large fan fare and horse power.
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The Chevrolet Corvette has maintained its evolutionary design since its inception in 1953 to the current 2010 model, and has been America's only true sports car through that time. This consistency demonstrates the Corvette's popularity with aftermarket companies, providing parts for the exhaust, intake, engine, transmission, clutch, differential, suspension, wheel, tire, interior, and exterior upgrades.
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