30 Years of Advancements Make the 2017 Corvette Faster
This history of the Chevy Corvette spans seven generations over 60 years. But even looking back only 30 years, one can see the tremendous improvements afforded by modern technology. This comparison chart, courtesy of BRIDJIT Curb Ramps, shows the C7 and C4 Vettes side-by-side. The 2017 Stingray produces nearly twice the horsepower and the difference in fuel economy is minimal. After adjusting for inflation, the current model is actually cheaper by almost $5,000.
“In many ways, the ’87 Corvette was an impressive car,” says John Curry, president of BRIDJIT Curb Ramps. “The L98 engine was improved with the addition of hydraulic roller lifters that pushed the horsepower to 240 in that model. Thirty years ago, that was exceptional power, but it came at a hefty price.”
The C4 Corvette marked a major redesign of the body, chassis, and suspension. Initially, the 1984 models were released with a 205 horsepower 350 cubic-inch V8. By 1987, the engine had been swapped for an L98 that produced 230 horsepower. Output was bumped to 240 horsepower thanks to valvetrain improvements.
The C7 Corvette Stingray was introduced in 2014 and marks the seventh generation. The new LT1 6.2L V8 base Vette engine delivers 455 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. It is the first Corvette to be equipped with Direct Injection technology, which ensures a complete burn of fuel in the air-fuel mixture, thereby improving combustion efficiency, power, and fuel economy.
Thanks goes to BRIDJIT Car Ramps for putting together this detailed chart.