1999 Corvette Specs
Total 1999 Corvettes Built- 33,270 – 11,161 Convertibles, 18,078 Coupes, 4,031 Hardtops
Corvette 1999. The family is now complete.
Corvette coupe. The uniquely American sports car. The refinement is world-class. The performance, electrifying.
Coupe trunk capacity is an impressive 24.8 cubic feet. That’s more room for luggage than you’d find in most full-size sedans. The one-piece removable roof panel features a magnesium frame, which helps make the top light and easy to remove. Latches are easy to use, and no special tool is required. Choose from a standard body-color panel, and optional transparent roof panel, or both. The innovative drivetrain layout – with the LS1, 5.7 Liter aluminum V8 engine up front and the transmission in back – contributes to superb weight balance, a spacious interior, and an unbelievably roomy trunk. Variable-effort Magnasteer and “drive-by-wire” electronic throttle control provides a virtually seamless connection between driver and car. The solid, lightweight structure – with strong hydroformed frame rails and a massive center backbone – works with an advanced four-wheel independent suspension to deliver a superb blend of ride and response. This is more than a sensational Corvette. It is unquestionably one of the world’s great sports cars. You should drive one. Soon.
The only convertible that matters. If we just removed the roof, it would have been a tragedy. The convertible. One look, and you know this Corvette was just meant to be. The style is breathtaking. Details that recall Vettes of an earlier era include a dramatic “waterfall” effect as the exterior body color sweeps down between the bucket seats, the sculpted “cove” through the front fenders, and doors; and of course, those four round taillamps. The car is pure Corvette magic. The convertible not only honors its glorious heritage, it is a performance automobile for the next century. This 1999 convertible is substantially stiffer than the previous generation Corvette convertible, and it also has a lower curb weight. The difference in rigidity is immediately noticeable; lateral shale is virtually gone; and the ride is impressively smooth, with annoying harshness a thing of the past. This is the best drop-top Corvette ever. An easy-folding top disappears under a cover for a sleek top-down performance. The convertible Corvette-proof positive that is possible to marry high performance with the allure of top-down motoring. Pop the cover release, unhook the two latches, and then drop the lightweight, manual-folding top. It’s an easy, one-person operation. The convertible’s glass rear window includes and integral electric defogger. Top colors are Black, Light Oak or White, depending on exterior color selected. Convertible trunk room is an amazing 13.9 cubic feet with the top up (11.2 cubic feet with the top down). That’s enough space for two sets of golf clubs. The dramatic “waterfall” effect gives the Corvette convertible style that’s reminiscent of the ’53 through ’62 roadsters.
Add the word “hardtop” to your Corvette vocabulary. The Corvette enthusiasts dared us to build. Announcing the end of rumors, speculation and conjecture. The hardtop is the next Vette. This is a concept that performance pursuits have asked for, and the execution is superb. Note to race car enthusiasts: The hardtop is the first “fixed-roof” Corvette coup since the ’67 Sting Ray. With no removable roof panel, the hardtop is lighter and even stiffer in structure than any other 1999 production Corvette. The hardtop included the Z51 Performance Suspension, Z-rated Eagle F1 EMT tires, 18-inch rear wheels and 6-speed manual transmission. Top speed on the test track is around 170 mph. This is a serious sports machine, right out of the box. Shades of “fuelie” roadsters and Sting Ray coupes. And, the beginning of a new legend.
The LS1 V8. A 345-horsepower work of art. LS1. It is a code name for performance masterpiece. And, you’ll find it under the hood of every 1999 Corvette. Specifications include an aluminum block designed for stiffness, strength and low mass, a special camshaft design for excellent engine breathing and a 10.1:1 compression ratio which helps enhance engine power. Horsepower? 345 at 5600 rpm. The LS1 may be teamed with either an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission (standard on coupe and convertible) or a 6-speed manual transmission (optional on coupe and convertible, standard on hardtop). With the LS1 V8, the Corvette driver will enjoy massive low-end torque, combined with the high-revving character that was once strictly the province of small-displacement overhead cam engines. Fuel economy is impressive: an EPA-estimated MPG 18 city, 28 highways with the optional 6-speed manual transmission. Engine Displacement is 5.7 Liters. Horsepower is 345 at 5600 rpm. Torque is 350 lb.-ft. at 4400 rpm. The compact size of the LS1 V8 engine helped Corvette designers achieve a low hood line for both excellent visibility and a reduced turning circle, while the aluminum construction reduces weight. The LS1’s aluminum cylinder heads and composite intake manifold were designed as a single system to optimize airflow and combustion efficiency. For ultra-smooth performance, all the LS1’s intake manifold runners are identical, resulting in consistent airflow to each cylinder. The fuel injectors have been placed for the most direct fuel spray possible. Electronic throttle control is a “drive-by-wire” system that provides virtually seamless response. The LS1 is ported like an overhead cam motor. Instead of curving around the pushrod, the air follows a straight path down to the combustion chamber. The serpentine accessory drive belt is designed to last up to 100,000 miles. There are no adjustments required, ever. Maintenance needs vary with different uses and driving conditions.
You should know what you’re getting into – quite possibly, one of the most advanced high-performance cars you’ve ever driven. The 5th-generation Corvette was born of the proverbial “clean sheet of paper.” It was an opportunity to take everything GM engineers and designers have learned about sports cars since 1953 and make the best Corvette yet. This automobile is a direct challenge to some people’s perception that sports car quality is a “foreign idea.” Here are some of the reasons: a rigid body structure that helps reduce squeaks, rattles and flex. Tolerances – between body panels and interior components – that are better than in any previous generation Corvette. Drive this Corvette. You’re about to reach an inescapable conclusion. This is the one you’ve been waiting for. A car with a backbone – the Corvette structure (consisting of a strong perimeter frame combined with a center backbone) provided and impressive level of rigidity. This robust design allows the independent suspension to be tuned strictly for wheel control from road inputs – the suspension does not have to compensate for flexing of the structure. Variable-Effort Steering – Magnasteer is a speed-sensitive variable-effort steering system. This computer-controlled system, combined with a rack-and-pinion steering gear, provides maximum steering assist for low-speed parking and precise steering feel at higher speeds. Standard Traction Control – a full-function Traction Control system is standard on every Corvette. Traction Control works in conjunction with the ABS and electronic throttle control to optimize traction by reducing tire slip on many surfaces. An on-off switch is provided. Front Engine/Rear Transmission – A rear-mounted transmission creates more room for the driver and passenger. Hydraulic engine and transmission mounts reduce vibration to the chassis. ABS with Four-Wheel Discs – A premium four-wheel disc system with ABS standard. The brake rotors are large and braking performance is powerful. Premium, non-metallic linings provide smooth, quiet braking. Wishbone Suspension – A SLA (short-and-long-arm) suspension with aluminum suspension with aluminum wishbones and knuckles is used at each corner. This suspension design contributes to a compliant ride, while providing impressive response, especially during aggressive cornering. High Tech Wheels – Lightweight aluminum wheels reduce unspring weight and add to Corvette’s bold appearance. Precision Alignment – A four-wheel geometric alignment machine at the end of the assembly line custom-sets each 1999 Corvette to its optimum ride height. Add caster, camber and toe alignments are completed to exact standards. Three Suspension Choices – The FE1 Suspension (standard on coupe and convertible, not available on the hardtop) is designed to please most Corvette drivers with its outstanding blend of ride and response. For those enthusiasts seeking the ultimate Corvette technology, the optional F45 with Real Time Damping is the suspension that “thinks.” F45 features computer-controlled shocks that automatically increase rates in “real time” – 10 to 15 milliseconds – as road conditions dictate. With F45, there are three manual settings – Touring, Sport and Performance – each wit a distinct range of ride firmness. (F45 is not available on the hardtop). Then there’s Z51. This is a suspension option for die-hard performance fans, and it is the racing-inspired package you’ll want if you intend to participate in sanctioned competitive events (Z51 is standard on the hardtop).
Active Handling. The next level of performance. Taking one of the world’s premier sports car to the next level of performance is not an easy task, or one we take lightly. Corvette owners are enthusiasts, and when we consider enhancing their driving experience, we do so with the knowledge that we must do exactly that. Esoteric engineering exercises that result in little or no benefit to the driver have no place in the Corvette mission. Corvette Active Handling is the logical next step in the evolution of enhanced chassis control systems, like ABS brakes and traction control. The Active Handling System activates when there is a significant difference between how the driver intends for the car to corner and how the car is cornering. Working together with the antilock brakes and traction control as needed, it automatically applies any of the four brakes to help control the situation. The Corvette Active Handling system offers amazing agility for the kinds of situations you encounter in real-world driving. Imagine a sudden lane change on a wet road surface to avoid and unexpected hazard – like a huge pothole. Let’s say you turn the wheel sharply to avoid it. This input, combined with the low-traction surface, could exceed the limits of traction available to the front wheels, causing “understeer,” which in turn allows the car to “plow” straight ahead. In this situation, Active Handling will work to help correct the car’s understeer condition by automatically applying the inboard rear brake, coaxing the car into less oversteer. You must drive the 1999 Corvette with Active Handling option to appreciate how great it really is. We set out to design the ultimate Vette for enthusiasts and I think we knocked it out of the park. We love driving it. And we think you’ll love it too.
Safety is carefully designed into every Corvette. Every 1999 Corvette has a comprehensive standard safety package that includes state-of-the-art dynamic stability technology as well as occupant protection features. This advanced safety package is the result of GM’s unmatched worldwide research and testing facilities. Standard occupant protection features include Next Generation driver and passenger air bags, safety/shoulder belts, front and rear crush zones and safety cage construction with integral side door beams. Equally important are the advanced crash avoidance features standard in every Corvette. They include Daytime Running Lamps, ABS and Traction Control. There’s a reason you’ll feel secure in a 1999 Corvette. It was designed that way. Daytime Running Lamps are standard. These lamps (which operate in conjunction with turn signals) come on automatically to help other road-way users notice your oncoming vehicle during daylight hours. All Corvette windows are tinted, and the windshield features Solar-Ray glass, for reduced heat buildup. The high-strength windshield is made of lightweight, urethane-bonded laminated glass. Next Generation driver and passenger air bags supplement the lap/shoulder safety belt system to help restraint the driver and passenger in the event of a moderate to severe frontal impact. Always wear safety belts, even with air bags. Audible front brake wear sensors let you know when it’s tome to replace front brake pads. Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS provide powerful stopping performance. In a collision, front and rear crumple zones are designed to crumple at a controlled rate, and the powertrain is designed to be displaces, enhancing energy absorption. Excellent visibility is provided by halogen low beam/high beam headlamps and optional halogen foglamps. With the standard PASS-Key II theft-deterrent system, only your special coded key starts your Corvette. A programmable horn alarm system is also standard equipment. A starter safety switch prevents your Corvette from being started in gear. Dual electronically adjustable, heated outside rearview mirrors are standard equipment. Corvette features on energy-absorbing interior designed to help reduce the risk of injury in a collision. Programmable automatic locking doors are standard on all models. A patented, high-strength door lock is also featured. A high-strength steel safety cage (with reinforced floor, body sills and pillars, and steel side door beams) surrounds the Corvette passenger compartment. The standard four-wheel antilock brake system is designed to reduce wheel lock-up while braking and is designed to help the driver maintain steering control and help prevent skidding on most slippery surfaces. Standard all-speed Electronic Traction Control – combined with a limited slip rear axle – provides the Corvette driver with enhanced grip, on most low traction surfaces. Standard Extended Mobility Tires virtually eliminate the need of a spare tire. With EMT, you can drive up to 200 miles at 55 mph on completely deflated tire. A standard tire pressure monitoring system signals the driver if a tire is in a low-or high- pressure situation. Please see owner’s manual for more information. Four-way hazard warning flashers are operated via an easy-to-use on-off switch. Side marker lights (which illuminate with the headlamps), and reflectors make your Corvette easier to see at night.
The Corvette interior. Setting high standards. This interior is everything you expect it to be – luxurious, sporting, ergonomically correct, and true to its heritage. After all, an American icon deserves no less. You can select from two leather seating styles (standard, and optional Sport with inflatable lumbar support and adjustable side bolsters). Both seating choices offer a deeply contoured, supportive design that’s been refined to high standards by a special Chevrolet Seat Comfort Team. Six-way power adjusters are standard for the driver side (optional on hardtop) and optional for passenger side. Color choices are Black, Light Gray, Firethorn Red or Light Oak, depending on model selected. If you’ve selected the optional Memory package, the climate control, mirrors, seat and radio pre-sets will adjust to your preferred settings. There are also power controls for the windows and door locks. New this year: an optional manual tilt/power telescopic steering wheel and head-up display (HUD) featuring vehicle speed, engine rpm, and a performance upshift guide for the optional 6-speed transmission. The optional Memory Package “remembers” climate control, seat, mirror and radio pre-set positions. Great for households with more than one driver. The center console includes storage for cassettes, CDs and coins. The console area also houses control setting for Traction Control, optional F45 Selective Ride Suspension and optional Active Handling.
Other cars could learn from this one. There is a sense of wonderful anticipation just walking up to your Corvette with Remote Actuation Function key fob in hand. This is one of the most intelligent cars on the planet, and it has a special flair for communication. Thanks to a uniquely advanced driver information center, you’re in control of information that can make driving more comfortable, safer and highly entertaining. Corvette. You’ve never read anything like it before. The alphanumerical Driver Information Center, positioned below the gauge cluster, includes readouts for oil pressure, oil temperature, coolant temperature, transmission fluid temperature, battery volts, instant/average MPG and range, tire pressure and much more. The Center can display information in any of four languages (English, German, French or Spanish). You can choose to have numerical information displayed in U.S. Standard English or metric units.
Everything about it says, “Corvette.” The passion of a classic American sports car blended with the luxury features that make long-distance touring pure pleasure. It’s an equation that’s absolute magic. As you grab that leather-wrapped wheel and gaze over those curved front fenders, you know there’s just nothing else out there quite like Corvette. A new Corvette option for 1999, can be programmed to display a variety of useful information (including vehicle speed and engine rpm) on the windshield for fast viewing. An on-off switch is indicated. A manual tilt/power telescopic steering wheel is a new option for 1999. One more way Corvette accommodates itself precisely to your driving style.
Exterior Colors: Navy Blue Metallic, Sebring Silver Metallic, Magnetic Red Metallic, Nassau Blue Metallic, Black, Torch Red, Light Pewter Metallic, and Arctic White
Standard Aluminum Wheel or Optional Custom Sport Magnesium Wheel.
Light Oak Leather, Firethorn Red Leather, Light Gray Leather, Black Leather