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Chevrolet Corvette C5

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The C5 Corvette is a sports car built between 1997 and 2004. The 1997 C5 is fitted with a 5.7L LS1 V8 producing 345 bhp and 350 ft-lb of torque with either a 4-speed automatic or 6-speed manual gearbox.[1]

Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit

The C5 Corvette appears as a Class B vehicle in Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit that is available from the beginning of the title.

The Corvette is the best Class B car in terms of braking and handling but fails to hit a top speed comparable to the Ferrari 355 F1 and the Lamborghini Countach. It can be selected with a 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, although the manual version offers better overall performance.

Special Variants

The Pursuit Corvette is a cop variant that is driven by A.I. police players in Class B events. A playable variant is only featured in the PC release. Like the racer variant, it is unlocked by default.

The Indy 500 Pace Car Convertible is a special variant of the C5 Corvette that was included in PC title copies sold at Walmart. It is featured with identical performance specifications to the original model.

Need for Speed: High Stakes

The C5 Corvette appears again in Need for Speed: High Stakes as a coupe in the PlayStation release while it's a convertible in the PC release. It is featured as a Class A vehicle and can be purchased for $50,000 in the career mode of the PC release and for $60,000 in the PlayStation release.

The Corvette offers competitive racing performance due to strong handling capabilities, coupled with improved top speed and acceleration statistics. It can be selected with a 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, with the manual version offering better overall performance.

Special Variants

A drivable Pursuit Corvette variant is available from the beginning of the title in the PC release. In the PlayStation release, it is unlocked upon the player arresting ten speeders with the Pursuit Chevrolet Caprice. It appears on North American tracks, and on Route Adonf when playing as the police in the PC release.

The police variants differ between releases with the PC release including European police variants, all fitted with the same lightbar in addition to the American police variant, but the PlayStation release only includes one variant for American police.

A specially modified Race Bred Pro Cup variant only appears in the Brazilian, European, and North American PlayStation releases. It is unlocked once the player places first in the Corvette Cup.



  1. Web Link: 1997 Chevrolet Corvette - Features & Specs

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