Assignment Berlin 1996 Corvette

1996 C4 Corvette

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1996 Corvette Overview

The 1996 model year would mark the final year of both the C4 and the Generation II small block engine that powered it.  As such, Chevrolet was prepared to commemorate its departure by offering two special edition Corvettes, both of which would feature an upgraded version of the LT1 power plant.  Denoted as the LT4, the 330-horsepower engine would be showcased in both the Collectors Edition Corvette and a limited edition Grand Sport Corvette.

Model:1996 Corvette
Generation:C4 Corvette
Type:2 Door Coupe, 2 Door Convertible
Available Colors:Dark Purple Metallic, Arctic White, Sebring Silver Metallic, Admiral Blue, Black, Bright Aqua Metallic, Polo Green Metallic, Competition Yellow, Torch Red
Engine:350CI, 300 Horsepower, Multi-Port Fuel Injected LT1 V8 Small Block Engine.
350CI, 330 Horsepower, Multi-Port Fuel Injected LT4 V8 Small Block Engine. (w-Man.Trans Only)
VIN:1G1YY2257T5100001 – 1G1YY2257T5120536 (Corvette Coupe & Convertible)
1G1YY2251T5600001 – 1G1YY2251T5601000 (Grand Sport)
Transmission:4-speed automatic (standard), 6 speed manual (optional)
Original Price:$37,225.00 (Coupe), $45,060.00 (Convertible)
Units Produced:21,536
Specs:1996 Corvette Spec List

The LT4 engine featured a number of enhancements over its LT1 counterpart.

To start, the LT4 received newly designed aluminum heads that featured taller ports and bigger valves; 2.00-inch intakes and 1.55 inch exhaust.  Each of these valves had hollow stems that were specially designed to save weight.

They each received special oval-wire springs that could handle increased lift without binding.  To help increase the LT4’s valve lift, Chevrolet employed the Crane Company to provide higher ratio (1.6:1) roller rocker arms.

Revised lift specs called for 0.476 inch on the intakes and 0.479 inch on the exhaust.   In addition, Cam duration was increase from 200 degrees to 203 degrees on the intake side and 207 degrees to 210 degrees on the exhaust side.

Other improvements that were developed solely for use on the LT4 included a freer-flowing intake (which featured taller ports to match the heads), a roller-type timing chain, and a compression increase to 10.8:1, which was a noted increase over the 10.4:1 compression found on the LT1.

Additionally, the LT4’s crankshaft, camshaft, water-pump, drive gear, and main bearing gaskets were all improved upon to bolster horsepower, while premium head gaskets were installed to deal with the extra compression.  While the LT4 shared distinct components with the LT1 – such as a newly designed throttle body, the LT4’s 330 horsepower was a marked improvement of 30 horsepower over the LT1.

It was for this reason that the LT4 engine was specified for the multiple special edition Corvettes that year.

The Special Edition Corvette, which included a special Sebring Silver paint color, 5-spoke matching alloy wheels with special “collector edition” wheel cap centers, perforated sport seats accentuated with “Collector Edition” embroidery, black brake calipers with “Corvette” lettering, and a special trim package featuring chrome “Collector Edition” badges, the 1996 Collector Edition Corvette was solely designed to help honor the end of the C4 era.  It would be made available to consumers as both a coupe and a convertible.

If the Special Edition Corvette was a welcome addition, the limited-edition Grand Sport was nothing short of a game-stopper.

Priced at an additional $3250  for the coupe or an additional $2880 for the convertible, the Grand Sport package included exclusive Admiral Blue paint and featured a single white stripe that ran the length of the body as well as two red accent stripes (also known as “Sebring Stripes”) on the driver side front fender.  This unique paint scheme was deliberately developed by GM to pay homage to the classic Corvette Grand Sport Racer of the 1960’s.

The coupe used ZR-1 wheels and tires – P275/40ZR17s in the front and P315/35ZR17s in the rear.  The convertible used P255/45ZR17s in the front and P285/40ZR17s in the rear.  Unlike the ZR-1, which showcased a wider backend, the Grand Sport featured rear render flares to cover the wider back tires.

The Grand Sport’s interior upholstery was offered either in an all black or a sporty red/black combination, and all of the Grand Sport interiors featured a specialized embroidered headrest which featured the Grand Sport emblem.  All Grand Sports –both coupes and convertibles- were equipped with a six speed manual transmission.  Likewise, all Grand Sports were equipped with the newly revised LT4 5.7 liter small-block V-8 engine.  When ordered with the Grand Sport model, the engine received a special “dress” kit that included bright red paint and red ignition wires.  In all, Chevy built 1,000 Grand Sports, and each was given a special, sequential serial number.

Although the LT4 engine was included as part of every special edition Corvette, it was not limited to the Grand Sport or the Collector’s Edition Corvette.  Any Corvette built in 1996 could be ordered with the LT4 engine (for an additional $1450).  Since the new LT4 engine redlined at 6,300 rpm (700 rpm more than the LT1 engine), models equipped with the LT4 engine included a special 8,000 rpm tachometer instead of the standard 6,000 rpm tachometer.

Despite its improved horsepower over the LT1 engine, the LT4 was not considered a showstopper for many automotive reviewers that year.  The fact remained that while the LT4 produced an extra 30 horsepower than the LT1, there was no notable difference in acceleration.  In fact, both the LT1 and LT4 equipped Corvettes ran similar 0-60mph times.  Another noted complaint of the LT4 engine was the fact that, because it lacked an engine oil cooler, it tended to overheat at sustained top speeds of around 186 miles per hour.

Further it was noted that the larger tires actually inhibited the Grand Sport’s ability to launch quickly from a standing start.  At the same time, the tires were also recognized for improving the Grand Sports cornering abilities, although it was determined that they also caused excessive over-steering during extreme handling situations (while at high speeds).

Beyond the engine, other revisions were made to the entire Corvette line for 1996.  The standard four-speed automatic transmission received a number of minor revisions which resulted in better shift quality.  Additionally, the introduction of new torque converters promised greater and prolonged durability.

Selective Real Time Damping was introduced to replace the previous Selective Ride suspension option. Available under option code RPO F45, the Real Time Damping suspension calculated the optimal damping mode for its custom shock absorbers to maintain ride and handling quality via data that was gathered from individual sensors at each of the four wheels.  This system could alter the load level/resistance of each shock individually, and it made these adjustments at intervals of once every 10 to 15 milliseconds, which translates roughly into approximately 1 (one) foot of road traversed when travelling at a speed of approximately 60 miles per hour.

After being absent for five years, the Z51 Handling Package returned to the options list for the 1996 Corvette coupes.  The option once more offered Bilstein shocks, unique front and rear springs, bushings and stabilizers, and 9.5 inch-wide, 17 inch wheels with P275/40ZR17 tires.  When ordered with an automatic transmission, a 3.07:1 axle ratio was specified.   As with before, the Z51 package was criticized as generating too harsh a ride, especially on roads that required even minor repair.  However, it was agreed that the re-introduction of the Z51 option was ideal for drivers who were purchasing Corvettes to race in autocross event.

DID YOU KNOW: Besides the 1990-1995 ZR-1, the 1996 Grand Sport was the only Corvette ever built with a unique Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) sequence, separate from all other regular production Corvettes of that year. The 1996 Grand Sport is readily identified by it’s striking Admiral Blue and Arctic White stripe paint scheme. What many do not know, however, is that the pinstriping on either side of the large white center stripe, is actually a two-color decal, both blue and white. This was done to ensure a perfectly straight line. In early production 1996 Grand Sports models, there is a small area behind the hatch roof (and in front of the panel that attaches to the rear window) that is taped instead of painted. The tape is 1 inch long and about 18 inches wide whose purpose was to eliminate a problem area in the paint booth during manufacturing.

As the model year drew to a close, and the fourth generation Corvette prepared to pass the torch to its successor, it was satisfying to General Motors executives to see a small, but significant, sales increase had occurred.  While few denied the probability that much of it had to do with the introduction of both the Grand Sport and the Special Edition Corvette, the sales numbers had increased to a total of 21,536 units.  Although General Motors noted the increase in sales over the previous year, it was also acknowledged that these increases were still a far cry from the C4’s 1984 introductory model, which had sold more than 51,000 units in its first year of production.  Still, the C4 had evolved from a respectable, if somewhat lackluster sports coupe into a true supercar that continued to push boundaries with each passing model year.  Despite a nearly 70% in cost from 1984 to 1996, Corvette had remained profitable year after year.

Of course, over its 43 year history, the Corvette had seen many evolutions of its former self, constantly transforming peoples’ perception of what a sports car should be.  From the fiberglass bodied 1953Motorama prototype up through the 1996 Grand Sport, the Corvette had evolved into a truly remarkable driving machine – one that was fully capable of holding its own with some of the stoutest competition from around the world.  Now, with the next iteration of Corvette looming on the horizon for the 1997 model year, many were already questioning whether or not General Motors would surpass the C4 with their next generation Corvette.  Little did anyone realize that the technology that had been developed for the C4 would continue to be utilized, making way for a Corvette that was more technologically savvy than anything that been seen before it.

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1990 Corvette Specifications

1996 Corvette Main Specs

MODEL:1996 Chevrolet Corvette
BODY STYLE:Two-door Coupe/Hatchback, front engine, rear wheel drive
MANUFACTURING LOCATION:Bowling Green, Kentucky
CONSTRUCTION:Integral Perimeter Frame – Birdcage Forms Strong Unitized Body Structure. Aerodynamically shaped body with deeply angled windshield (64 deg.). All major body panels SMC reinforced composite with moled-in coating. Single lift off roof panel (Coupe) effective pass; compartment insulation, tinted glass all around. “Unibase” paint process, final clear coat finish.
VEHICLE NUMBERS (VIN):1G1YY2257T5100001 – 1G1YY2257T5120536 (Corvette Coupe & Convertible)
1G1YY2251T5600001 – 1G1YY2251T5601000 (Grand Sport)
VIN SUFFIX:ZXA: 350 CUBIC INCH, 300 HORSEPOWER, LT1
ZXD: 350 CUBIC INCH, 330 HORSEPOWER, LT4
ENGINE BLOCK NUMBER:10125327: LT1 and LT4
HEAD NUMBER:10207643: 350 CUBIC INCH, 300 HP, AUTOMATIC TRANS
10239902: 350 CUBIC INCH, 330 HP, MANUAL TRANS, EARLY PRODUCTION
12551561: 350 CUBIC INCH, 300 HP, AUTOMATIC TRANS, LATE PRODUCTION
12555690: 350 CUBIC INCH, 330 HP, MANUAL TRANS

1996 Corvette Pricing & Options

CODE:DESCRIPTION:QUANTITY:RETAIL PRICE:
1YY07Base Corvette Sport Coupe17,167$37,225.00
1YY67Base Corvette Convertible4,369$45,060.00
Power Driver Seat19,798$305.00
AG2Power Passenger Seat17,060$305.00
AQ9Sport Seats12,016$625.00
CC2Auxillary Hardtop (convertible)429$1,995.00
C2LDual Removable Roof Panels (coupe)3,983$950.00
24SRemovable Roof Panel, blue tint (coupe)6,626$650.00
64SRemovable Roof Panel, bronze tint (coupe)2,492$650.00
F45Selective Real Time Dampening, electronic2,896$1,695.00
G92Performance Axle Ratio9,801$50.00
LT4350 Cubic Inch, 330 Horsepower Engine6,359$1,450.00
MN66-Speed Manual Transmission6,359$0.00
N84Spare Tire Delete986-$100.00
UJ6Low Tire Pressure Warning Indicator6,865-$325.00
U1FStereo System With CD, Delco-Bose17,037$396.00
WY5Tires, Extended Mobility4,945$70.00
Z15Collector Edition5,412$1,250.00
Z16Grand Sport Package ($2,880 w/convertible)1,000$3,250.00
Z51Performance Handling Package1,869$350.00

1996 Corvette Exterior & Interior Colors

Color Options

CODEEXTERIORTOTALSOFT TOPINTERIOR COLOR OPTIONS
05Dark Purple Metallic320Beige, Black, WhiteBlack, Light Beige, Light Grey
10Arctic White3,210Beige, Black, WhiteBlack, Light Beige, Light Grey, Red
13Sebring Silver Metallic5,412BlackBlack, Light Grey, Red
28Admiral Blue1,000WhiteBlack, Red/Black
41Black3,917Beige, Black, WhiteBlack, Light Beige, Light Grey, Red
43Bright Aqua Metallic357Beige, Black, WhiteBlack, Light Beige, Light Grey
45Polo II Green Metallic2,414Beige, BlackBlack, Light Beige
53Competition Yellow488Beige, Black, WhiteBlack, Light Beige, Light Grey
70Torch Red4,418Beige, Black, WhiteBlack, Light Beige, Light Grey

Exterior Colors

Interior Colors


1996 Corvette Powertrain Specifications

Engine (Coupe/Convertible)

Engine:LT1 5.7 OHV 350 V-8. Sequential-Port Fuel Injection
Cylinders:V8
Cast Iron Alloy
Displacement:5.7 Litre/350 Cubic Inches
Bore & Stroke:4.00 x 3.48 inches
Valvetrain:OHV, 2 valves per cyl.
Cylinder Head Material:Aluminum
Cylinder Block Deck Height:9.025 Inches
Compression Ratio:10.4:1
Horsepower:300 HP @ 5,000 RPM
Torque:335 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Fuel Delivery:Sequential-Port Fuel Injection
Fuel Capacity:20.0 Gallons
Oil Capacity:4.0 Quarts (Without Filter)
Total Dressed Engine Weight (Dry):576.4 lbs (Auto)
Transmission:4 Speed Auto Transmission (Standard), 6 Speed Manual Transmission (Optional)
Standard Axle Ratio:2.59:1 (Automatic), 3.45:1 (Manual)
EST. MPG (City/Hwy):17/27 (Manual), 17/24 (Auto)
Max Engine RPM5,700

Engine (Grand Sport – Z16)

Engine:LT5 5.7 OHV 350 V-8. Multi-Port Fuel Injection
Cylinders:V8
Aluminum Alloy
Displacement:5.7 Litre/350 Cubic Inches
Bore & Stroke:3.90 x 3.66 inches
Valvetrain:Double Overhead Cam
Cylinder Head Material:Aluminum
Cylinder Block Deck Height:9.025 Inches
Compression Ratio:10.8:1
Horsepower:330 HP @ 5,800 RPM
Torque:340 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Fuel Delivery:Multi-Port Fuel Injection
Fuel Capacity:20.0 Gallons
Oil Capacity:4.0 Quarts (Crankcase)
Total Dressed Engine Weight (Dry):753.6 lbs (Manual)
Transmission:6 Speed Manual Transmission
Standard Axle Ratio:2.59:1 (Automatic), 3.33:1 (Manual)
EST. MPG (City/Hwy):16/27 MPG
Max Engine RPM6,300

Transmission

6 SPEED MANUAL GEAR RATIOS4 SPEED AUTOMATIC GEAR RATIOS
1st GEAR:2.64:11st GEAR:3.06:1
2nd GEAR:1.78:12nd GEAR:1.63:1
3rd GEAR:1.30:13rd GEAR:1.00:1
4th GEAR:1.00:14th GEAR:0.70:1
5th GEAR:0.74:1REVERSE:2.29:1
6th GEAR:0.49:1

1996 Corvette Wheels, Suspension & Brakes

Suspension (Coupe/Convertible)

Front SuspensionIndependent, SLA forged aluminum upper and lower control arms and steering knuckle. Transverse monoleaf spring and steel stabilizer, spindle offset.
Rear SuspensionIndependent 5-link design with tow and camber adjustment, forged aluminum control links and knuckle. Transverse monoleaf spring, steel tie rods and stabilizer, tubular U-jointed aluminum driveshafts.

Suspension (Grand Sport)

Front SuspensionIndependent, SLA forged aluminum upper and lower control arms and steering knuckle. Transverse monoleaf spring and steel stabilizer, spindle offset
Rear SuspensionIndependent 5-link design with tow and camber adjustment, forged aluminum control links and knuckle. Transverse monoleaf spring, steele tie rods and stabilizer, tubular U-jointed aluminum driveshafts

Wheels & Tires (Coupe/Convertible)

Front TiresGoodyear Eagle GSC, P255/45ZR-17
Rear TiresGoodyear Eagle GSC, P285/40ZR-17
Front Wheels17 x 8.5 Inches, 5 Bolt Cast Aluminum
Front Wheels17 x 9.5 Inches, 5 Bolt Cast Aluminum

Wheels & Tires (Grand Sport)

Front TiresGoodyear Eagle GSC, P275/40ZR-17
Rear TiresGoodyear Eagle GSC, P315/35ZR-17
Front Wheels17 x 9.5 Inches, 5 Bolt Cast Aluminum
Front Wheels17 x 11 Inches, 5 Bolt Cast Aluminum

Brakes (Coupe/Convertible)

TypeABS Power-Assist Vented Brakes
Front Brakes13.0 Inches
Rear Brakes12.0 Inches

Brakes (Grand Sport)

TypeABS Power-Assist Vented Brakes
Front Brakes13.0 Inches
Rear Brakes12.0 Inches

1996 Corvette Exterior Dimensions

Coupe Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions
ModelCoupeConvertible
Wheelbase96.2 Inches96.2 Inches
Overall Length178.5 Inches178.5 Inches
Total Body Width70.7 Inches70.7 Inches
Overall Height46.3 Inches47.3 Inches
Front Track Width57.7 Inches57.7 Inches
Rear Track Width59.1 Inches60.6 Inches

Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions
ModelCoupeConvertible
Headroom36.4 Inches37.0 Inches
Shoulder Room53.9 Inches53.9 Inches
Hip Room50.8 Inches49.3 Inches
Leg Room42.0 Inches42.0 Inches

Capacities

Capacities
ModelCoupeConvertible
Passenger Capacity2 – Driver & Passenger2 – Driver & Passenger
Curb Weight – Automatic (LBS)3,3073,362
Curb Weight – Manual (LBS)N/AN/A
Cargo Volume (CU.FT)12.6 Cubic Feet6.6 Cubic Feet
Fuel Capacity (GALLONS/LITERS)20.0/76.020.0/76.0
Engine Oil Capacity (QTS./LITERS)4.54.5
Coolant Capacity (QTS./LITERS)9.399.61
Coefficient of DragN/AN/A
Weight Dist. Front/Rear (%)N/AN/A

1996 Corvette Performance Results

ModelLT1 CoupeGrand Sport (R&T Feb. ’96)
0-30 MPH:N/A2.2 Seconds
0-60 MPH:5.4 Seconds5.2 Seconds
0-100 MPH:N/A12.4 Seconds
QUARTER MILE:14.0 Sec13.7 Seconds
TOP SPEED (MPH):N/A165 MPH

1996 Corvette Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN)

VIN Range1G1YY2257T5100001 – 1G1YY2257T5120536 (Corvette Coupe & Convertible)
1G1YY2251T5600001 – 1G1YY2251T5601000 (Grand Sport)
1 (First Digit)1 – United States
G (Second Digit)Manufacturer.  G – General Motors
1 (Third Digit)Manufacturer Division. 1 – Chevrolet
YY/YZ(ZR-1)Make of Car. YY – Corvette  Coupe/Convertible.  YZ – ZR-1 Corvette (Coupe Only)
2/3 (Sixth Digit)2 – Two Door Hatchback Coupe, 3 – Two Door Convertible
2 (Seventh Digit)Type of Restraint System.  2 – Passive Restraint System.
5 (Eighth Digit)Type of Engine. 5 – LT1: 5.7 Liter, 350CI Engine with Tuned-Port Injection
7 (ZR-1) (Ninth Digit)Check Digit.
T (Tenth Digit)The Model Year. T – 1996
5 (Eleventh Digit)Location of the Assembly Plant. 5 – Bowling Green, Kentucky
1XXXXX/8XXXXX(ZR-1) (Twelfth thru Seventeenth Digits)Production Sequence Numbers.

The last six digits begin at 100001 and run thru 120536, accounting for each of the 20,536 Corvette Coupes/Convertibles built in 1996. Additionally, 1,000 Grand Sport Corvettes were also built in 1996. Each Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is unique to an individual car.

For all 1996 Corvettes, the Vehicle Identification Number was stamped on a plate on the inner vertical surface of the left windshield pillar visible through the windshield.

Check Digit is used to calculate the characters in the serial number and gives it a single digit code that can be used to verify the serial number is legitimate. (Note: The Check digit number varies depending on each specific VIN number.)

1996 Corvette Factory Options

CODE:DESCRIPTION:QUANTITY:RETAIL PRICE:
1YY07Base Corvette Sport Coupe17,167$37,225.00
1YY67Base Corvette Convertible4,369$45,060.00
Power Driver Seat19,798$305.00
AG2Power Passenger Seat17,060$305.00
AQ9Sport Seats12,016$625.00
CC2Auxillary Hardtop (convertible)429$1,995.00
C2LDual Removable Roof Panels (coupe)3,983$950.00
24SRemovable Roof Panel, blue tint (coupe)6,626$650.00
64SRemovable Roof Panel, bronze tint (coupe)2,492$650.00
F45Selective Real Time Dampening, electronic2,896$1,695.00
G92Performance Axle Ratio9,801$50.00
LT4350 Cubic Inch, 330 Horsepower Engine6,359$1,450.00
MN66-Speed Manual Transmission6,359$0.00
N84Spare Tire Delete986-$100.00
UJ6Low Tire Pressure Warning Indicator6,865-$325.00
U1FStereo System With CD, Delco-Bose17,037$396.00
WY5Tires, Extended Mobility4,945$70.00
Z15Collector Edition5,412$1,250.00
Z16Grand Sport Package ($2,880 w/convertible)1,000$3,250.00
Z51Performance Handling Package1,869$350.00

Base Corvette Sport Coupe (1YY07)

  • The base price of the 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe without any optional equipment.
  • A 350 cubic inch, 300 horsepower engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, removable body-color roof panel, a Delco stereo system with cassette, and leather seats were included in the base price.
  • The base engine for the 1996 Corvette was the LT1 small block. In 1996 Corvettes, the engine developed 300 horsepower (net) at 5,000 rpms. The engine torque was rated at 340 lbs. -ft at 3,600 rpm.
  • In 1996, LT1 engines were only mated to automatic transmissions.
  • The automatic transmission had improved friction materials for the intermediate clutch and front/rear bands, improved shift quality and more durable torque converters.

Base Corvette Convertible (1YY67)

  • The base price of the 1991 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible without optional equipment.
  • A 350 cubic inch, 300 horsepower engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, a Delco stereo system with cassette, and leather seats were included in the base price.
  • The base engine for the 1996 Corvette was the LT1 small block. In 1996 Corvettes, the engine developed 300 horsepower (net) at 5,000 rpms. The engine torque was rated at 340 lbs. -ft at 3,600 rpm.
  • In 1996, LT1 engines were only mated to automatic transmissions.
  • The automatic transmission had improved friction materials for the intermediate clutch and front/rear bands, improved shift quality and more durable torque converters.

Power Driver Seat (AG1)

  • Optional, six-way, adjustable driver seat.

Power Passenger Seat (AG2)

  • Optional, six-way, adjustable passenger seat.

Sports Seats (AQ9)

  • Special sport seats that featured inflatable lumbar support and power-adjusted side bolsters.

Auxiliary Hardtop (convertible) (CC2)

  • An optional, removable hardtop.

Dual Removable Roof Panels (coupe) (C2L)

  • Included both a tinted, transparent glass top and a painted top.

Removable Roof Panels, blue tint (coupe) (24S)

  • Blue tinted removable glass top.

Removable Roof Panels, bronze tint (coupe) (64S)

  • Bronze tinted removable glass top.

Selective Real Time Damping, Electronic (F45)

  • Electronically controlled suspension with manual ride selection.
  • This option required the installation of power driver (AG1) and power passenger (AG2) seats.
  • It was priced the same as the 1995 Corvette’s Selective Ride Option (RPO FX3) but was considerably different. Using data from wheel travel sensors and the Powertrain Control Module (PCM), a controller calculated the damping mode that would provide optimum control via special shock absorbers.
  • The system could alter each shock individually every 10 to 15 milliseconds. By comparison, previous systems would modify all four shock absorbers simultaneously.

Performance Axle Ratio (G92)

  • Optional performance axle ratio of 3.07:1 or 3.33:1.
  • Was only offered when the Corvette was ordered with an automatic transmission.
  • The actual “Performance Axle Ratio” varied from year to year. The G92 Option was available when ordering either the Corvette or the Camaro throughout the 1980’s and early ’90’s.

350 Cubic Inch, 330 Horsepower Engine (LT4)

  • New version of Chevy’s 350 cubic-inch small block engine.
  • Option RPO LT4 was offered as an option exclusively on the 1996 Corvette.
  • Rated at 330 horsepower, which is 30 horsepower over the LT1 engine, the LT4 had higher engine compression (10.8:1 versus 10.4:1), a new aluminum head design, Crane roller rocker arms, a revised camshaft profile, and other significant engine tweaks.
  • The LT4’s engine redline increased to 6,300 rpm (versus the LT1 which redlined at 5,700 rpm. As a result, all LT4 Corvettes were equipped with an 8,000 rpm tachometer (versus LT1 Corvette’s which were equipped with a 6,000 rpm tachometer.
  • While the LT4 was made available on all variants of the Corvette (including the coupe, convertible, Special Collector’s Edition and the Grand Sport), all LT4 equipped Corvettes required a manual 6-speed transmission (RPO MN6).
  • All LT4 engines had red “Grand Sport” lettering, regardless of the application.

6-Speed Manual Transmission (MN6)

  • An optional, no-cost, 6-speed manual transmission.
  • The six-speed manual transmission was designed jointly by ZF (Zahnradfabrik Friedrichshafen) and Chevrolet and was initially built by ZF in Germany.
  • A computer-aided gear selection feature bypassed second and third gears (and locked out fifth and sixth) for improved fuel economy when a series of low performance criteria were met.

Spare Tire Delete (N84)

  • Optional deletion of the spare tire.
  • Had to be ordered in conjunction with RPO WY5 (Extended Mobility Tires).
  • This option reduced the 1996 Corvette’s overall weight and included a credit of $100.00

Low Tire Pressure Warning Indicator (UJ6)

  • Low tire/air pressure monitoring and warning system.
  • Sensors strapped to each side of the inside of each wheel sent a radio signal to a instrument-panel receiver if pressure in any tire dropped below a preset limit.

Compact Disc Delco-Bose (U1F)

  • 200 watt Delco Bose AM/FM stereo radio with compact disc player.
  • Requires Preferred Equipment Group 1 (PEG 1) (see “NOTES” below for specific information on PEG 1).
  • To discourage theft, the CD player required an electronic security code input after battery disconnect.
  • A power delay feature was added to all models which permitted the stereo system and power windows to operate after the ignition was switched to “off” or “lock”. Power was cut after the driver’s door was opened or after 15 minutes, whichever came first.

Tires, Extended Mobility (WY5)

  • Optional Good Year extended mobility “run-flat” tires.
  • The extended mobility tires had special bead construction to permit use with no air pressure.
  • This option required the installation of RPO UJ6 because if tires were to be run more than approximately fifty miles, damage to the vehicle’s wheel could result. However, the safe driving range was significantly further.
  • This option was not available with the Grand Sport Package Coupe (Z16) or the Performance Handling Package (Z51).

Collector Edition (Z15)

  • Special edition Corvette body package.
  • The Collector Edition Corvette included Sebring Silver exterior paint, 17 inch, 5-spoke wheels painted silver, black brake calipers with silver “Corvette” lettering, special “Collector Edition” body emblems, P255/45ZR17 front and P285/40ZR17 rear tires, and perforated seats with “Collector Edition” embroidered on the head rest.
  • Black, red or gray interiors were available.
  • The soft-top (convertible) top was limited to black on the Collector Edition Corvettes.

- Я имела в виду Кармен.  - Это имя она произнесла с нарочитым пуэрто-риканским акцентом. - Кого? - спросил он чуть осипшим голосом. - Кармен. Ту, что работает в столовой.

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