When the C5 Corvette arrived on the scene in 1997 it surpassed the C4 in performance. Without being modified the C5 will usually go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about 4.9 to 5.2 seconds. However, there's always room for improvement and that's just what a lot of C5 owners want for their beloved rides.
- One of the easiest ways to improve performance is to upgrade the air intake and filter. Up to ten in horsepower can be gained with cold air intake.
- Building exhaust manifolds (headers) takes skill. If they are done right they can really help boost performance.
- Head porting is the process of modifying the intake and exhaust ports of your engine. You can expect airflow gains of twenty five to thirty percent if it's done correctly. If done incorrectly your cylinder head could be ruined.
- Grinding of the camshaft will result in a ten percent gain in horsepower through higher lift and area under the lift curve.
- Forced air induction through the use of a turbocharger improves fuel efficiency.
- Adding an x-pipe will reduce resonance inside the car and balance exhaust flow.
- A short throw shifter can be installed in your own garage in about forty five minutes to an hour. The feel of your driving experience is greatly improved by this addition.
- Lower thermostat/fan settings keep the engine cooler which reduces detonation and therefore can increase horsepower.
- A suspension upgrade greatly improves handling and makes for a more comfortable ride.
- The addition of a throttle body coolant bypass keeps the throttle plate from sticking in cold weather.
The C5 Corvette truly is a wonder to behold. With just a few C5 Corvette modifications
it will always lead the pack in performance.