2005 Chevrolet Corvette Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2005 Chevrolet Corvette - Road Test Specs

2005 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

(6.0L V8 6-speed Manual)


Model year2005
Base MSRP$43,445.00
As-tested MSRP$53,490.00


Drive typeRWD
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)6.0
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)400@6000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)400@4400
Transmission type4-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent w/ stablizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent w/ stablizer bar
Steering typePower rack and pinion
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle F1 Supercar
Tire size, front245/40ZR18
Tire size, rear285/35ZR19
Brakes, frontFour-wheel disc w/ABS

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.3
0-60 mph (sec.)4.8
0-75 mph (sec.)6.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)12.90@109.06
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28.35
60-0 mph (ft.)114.57
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)66.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)No Data
Sound level @ idle (dB)68
@ Full throttle (dB)85
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)76

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAccelerating in the Corvette it upshifts at 6400 rpm right before the 6500 rpm redline, and the upshifts themselves are excellent. No excessive banging or noise, just a solid shift that shoots the car forward as it should. With the traction control turned on it spins the tires a bit and then launches hard. With the traction control completely off we didn't notice much of a change, but it did allow for some additional tire spin off the line which actually got our 0-60 times down into the mid fours, which is impressive. Another interesting thing to note is that the transmission is learning and holding gears longer after making full throttle runs, so it knows we're looking for max performance. Stomping on the gas with the traction control off seems to be the best way to get the fastest times, power braking it simply burns rubber but doesn't do much in terms of performance.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsThe pedal feel is a bit to squishy for a high performance sports car, there's a hint of ABS vibration in the pedals, but not really any ABS noise. The feel is not particularly progressive or confidence inspiring considering this is a sports car, and I wasn't particularly impressed by the fact that the passenger seat flops forward under heavy braking. The only other thing we noticed is that the Corvette always seems to pull to the right on each braking run, so between that problem and the lack of pedal feedback we're only going to give it an average brake rating despite the fact that the numbers were impressive.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsThe Corvette's slalom performance was a little dissapointing because it needed a little extra muscle in the steering to get it around the cones, yet it didn't have any better feel then, say, a Mustang for half the price. It seems to have a slower ratio than the Mustang as well, which is unfortunate. Other than the steering the car is very good and handles very flat. The tires have great grip, and even without putting it in competition driving mode I was able to get very good times, meaning the standard amount of slip allowed by the system is adequate for pulling fast times, so its nice that they dialed back the traction control even in its default setting. This is a very capable car overall, I just wish the steering had a quicker ratio and felt a little lighter. — Karl Brauer

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)Not tested
Temperature (°F)Not tested
Wind (mph, direction)Not tested

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 City 26 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)16.76
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3179
Length (in.)174.6
Width (in.)72.6
Height (in.)49
Wheelbase (in.)105.7
Legroom, front (in.)43
Legroom, rear (in.)N/A
Headroom, front (in.)37.8
Headroom, rear (in.)N/A
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)22.4 cu. Ft
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)22.4 cu. Ft


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain3 years / 36,000 miles
Corrosion6 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsStandard
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Emergency assistance systemStandard
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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