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Coasting into the new millennium, the 2000 C5 Corvette received few changes after several years of innovation. Most of the changes involved aesthetics, though a few covered handling.
Three new paint finish choices led the additions, including millennium yellow, celebrating the turn of the millennium but available just for coupes and convertibles. Other new paint choices included magnetic red II and dark Bowling Green. Customers also got a new color choice for the interior of the 2000 C5 Corvette: torch red.
New five-spoke wheels became standard on all 2000 C5 Vettes. These featured thin spokes and forged aluminum with a painted finish. Customers could order polished versions of the wheels for an extra $895 — an option that proved popular, with more than 15,000 takers.
The lightweight Italian magnesium wheels offered as an option the previous year continued as an option in 2000, but with a significantly lower price: $2,000 versus $3,000 the year before. CorvetteMods.com stocks many wheels at attractive prices for the 2000 C5 Corvette, including the 97-04 chrome wheel set.
GM scrapped the C5's passive keyless entry system for an active keyless entry system and got rid of the exterior door lock on the passenger's side in 2000.
An improved Z51 suspension package became available in 2000. It offered bigger and better front and rear antisway bars as well as improved shock absorbers and springs.
The 5.7-liter LS1 engine continued to put out 345 horsepower even while belching out less air pollution, thanks to better emission controls.
With a base price of $38,900, the lowest-priced 2000 C5, the hardtop, had sales of just 2,090 in 2000, down about half from the previous year. But at the top end, the $45,900 convertible flourished, with sales jumping about 20 percent to 13,479. The factory produced 18,113 coupes, with a base price of $38,900.