Chevrolet's C4 Corvette sports car made significant progress with engine and power development during an oil crisis period. Here's everything to know.
Corvette experts tend to be less enthusiastic about the C4 generation than they are about prior generations, although the vehicles built from 1984 to 1996 deserve greater praise.
The vintage Corvettes from the 1950s to the early 1970s (C1-C3) are known among collectors as
the expensive versions that should be maintained in the garage to preserve their worth.
While the C6 Corvette (2005 to 2013) made inroads into the elite world of European racing, most notably the 24 Hours of Le Mans,
the C5 Corvette (1997 and 2004) delivered advancements in performance, ergonomic innovations, and build quality.
For the C7 Corvette (2014–2019), which had a more muscular design than earlier versions and was notable for being the final front-engine Corvette, Chevrolet resurrected the Stingray brand.
The C8 (2020 to present), which has a 490 horsepower V8 engine positioned behind the cockpit to give it great handling and,
maybe best of all, a spectacular price, has most recently captured the attention of the automotive industry.
C4 Corvette Powertrain And Drivetrain
The Corvette engines developed but at a slow pace throughout the C4 generation, starting with the L83 350 cubic inch V8 rated at 205 horsepower in 1984.
The C4 generation's most notable contributors to the Corvette mystique, however, were two engines.
When GM introduced the L98 for the Corvette line in 1985 after a prolonged 1973 global oil crisis burdened with ever-stifling emissions obligations