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  • The C5 Corvette is an affordable and impressive sports car that brings the Corvette into the modern era, making it a great deal for 2023.
  • Featuring a modified Corsa exhaust, this 2000 C5 Corvette delivers impressive sounds that add a whole new dimension to the sports car driving experience.
  • The C5 Corvette was notable for its sleek design, refined structure, and impressive performance that made it a worthy competitor to European sports car manufacturers.


The Chevrolet Corvette is one of the best and most impressive Americans sports cars of all time Some generations of course cost more than others, classics like the C3 Stingray command huge prices. One generation that is quite affordable is the C5 Chevrolet Corvette, the generation that helped bring the sports car into the modern era. YouTube channel AutoTopNL got behind the wheel of one example in the Netherlands, complete with a Corsa exhaust.

This modified 2000 Corvette makes some impressive sounds, and it shows us why in 2023 it’s a bargain you can’t pass up. It’s an even more tempting buy than the 2023 C8 Corvette Z05.

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This modified C5 Corvette has incredible power

2000 Chevrolet C5 Corvette Engine Specifications

Producer

General Motors

Years of production

1997 – 2005 years

Configuration

Naturally aspirated V8

Moving

5.7 liter

power

345 hp

A turning point

350 lb-ft

fuel

gas

Known applications

1998 – 2002 Pontiac Firebird Formula & Trans Am, 1998 – 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Under the hood of the 2000 model year C5 Corvette is a 5.1-liter LS1 V8 engine. That would be the 5.7-liter LS6 for the 2001-04 Z06. The LS1 was rated at 345 hp before Chevrolet bumped it up to 350 in 2001, with this particular C5 producing 344 hp. and 356 lb-ft of torque. Most of the modifications to this Corvette C5 are exterior, with a large air intake most prominently on the hood. Various sponsor stickers are also hung around the car. Although the owner also added larger side skirts to increase the waistline.

The rear of the Corvette exhibits a pair of struts, indicating that the rear wing was or is intended for this particular C5. Quad exhausts are also visible at the rear, and the owner added custom wheels to complete the sports car aesthetic. One of the coolest features of the Corvette is the scissor doors. Which must have been quite a sight when the C5 first came out in the late 1990s. The YouTuber who presents this video gets into the Corvette, starts it up, and then shows us its soundtrack.

via the AutoTopNL YouTube channel

The updated Corsa exhaust system sounds incredible, adding a whole new dimension to this sports car. The interior also has several customizations such as the QSP steering wheel and lap belts. Once out on the road, this Corvette finally let loose, and you’re unlikely to have heard a C5 quite like this one. The channel gives us the perfect showcase for its soundtrack by parking under a bridge and revving up a Corvette. The Corsa exhaust system gives the Corvette a much more raspy and punchy sound compared to the stock system.

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Why the C5 Corvette is so important

1997 Chevrolet Corvette C5 Front View
through Chevrolet

The C5 Corvette was first introduced in 1997, replacing the C4 generation, which itself helped bring the Corvette into the modern era. However, the C5 took it to another level. A major design update created the first of the “modern Corvettes.” As the first new Corvette in 15 years, the C5 was a big deal. What arrived was a sleek, smooth-looking sports car. Compared to the second-generation Dodge Viper, the C5 was on a more even playing field in terms of design. The updated Corvette was also a wake-up call for sports car manufacturers in Europe.

The C5 itself had an LS1 V8 under the hood, which was good enough for less than 350 hp. The C5 was now more than capable of holding its own against the likes of the Viper and the Porsche 911. The C5 did indeed have a troubled birth when it debuted in January 1997 some four years later than planned. Not only did it offer performance design improvements, but the new Corvette was structurally more advanced than its predecessor.

1997 Chevrolet Corvette C5 Front View, Yellow
through Chevrolet

A new hydroformed box frame stiffened the C5 Corvette, which was especially useful when it came to convertible versions. Squeaks and rattles have been significantly reduced, helping to create a much more pleasant driving experience. What also helped the C5’s driving experience was the 50/50 weight distribution. This was due to the well-thought-out mounting of the V8 engine and transmission. The latter was then connected to the LS1 engine via a torsion tube, and this allowed the Corvette to perfectly balance the weight of the sports car. Chevrolet wasn’t done yet, as the C5 Z06 update took the Corvette to another level.

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The C5 Z06 Corvette further refines the model

2002 Chevrolet Corvette C5 Z06 Rear View
Chevrolet

The now familiar Z06 arrived for the 2001 model year C5, and it featured an impressive 5.7-liter V8 LS6 OHV engine. The engine originally produced 385 hp, but later Chevrolet increased it to 400 hp. with a maximum torque of 400 lb-ft. The increase in power came after the change to the LS6 in 2002, which is why the more powerful versions of the C5 Z06 are more desirable. For its time, the C5 Z06 also had impressive performance numbers.

The 0-60 mph time was just 4.0 seconds, a time comparable to many modern sports cars. The acceleration time to 100 mph was 9.5 seconds and the top speed was 171 mph. That was less than the base C5 Z06’s 175 mph, but that was due to the Z06’s shorter gearing. Thanks to its short gearing, the C5 Z06 was a rocket out of corners, which was the spirit of the model. This is what allowed the C5 Z06 to make a name for itself and achieve an impressive 0-60 mph time.

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How much does a 2023 C5 Corvette cost?

The front of the C5 Z06 Corvette sports car
Mecum Auctions

Despite its pedigree and performance, the C5-generation Corvette won’t break the bank. According to Classic.com, the average value of a sports car is 26,691 US dollars. Less than you’d pay for a modern sports car with a similar level of performance. The highest sales figure for the C5 is $175,000, but the latest is $31,000 and the lowest sale figure is $7,000. The better the condition, the higher the price. But the average sales figure tells us that the C5 Corvette is an achievable sports car, and a bit of a bargain, too.

The C5 Z06 Corvette has a higher average sales figure, but not by much. Classic.com says the average is $30,032, and the highest sales figure is actually less than the regular C5 by $71,500. The lowest sales figure is also comparable at $8,500, while the last C5 Z06 sold for $23,750. It may be over 20 years old, but the C5 Corvette is still a great sports car and a great value.

Sources: YouTube channel AutoTopNL, Chevrolet, Classic.com

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