2005 Corvette Pricing

More Features, Lower Base Prices for Both Models

BY: General Motors

DETROIT - Chevrolet has announced that when the all-new 2005 Corvettes arrive in dealer showrooms this fall, prices for the Coupe and Convertible will start below those of their 2004 counterparts even though each will be outfitted with more standard features.

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the base Corvette Coupe with a standard manual 6-speed transmission will be $44,245 including destination charge of $800. This represents a $1,305 reduction compared to the base '04 Coupe equipped with the optional extra-cost manual transmission.

The MSRP for base 2005 Corvette Convertible equipped with the standard manual transmission will be $52,245 including destination charge. This price is $305 less than the base '04 Convertible with optional extra-cost manual transmission.

"When we debuted the new Corvette in January, we announced the sixth-generation models would deliver more power, more passion and more precision than any of their predecessors," said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet's director of car marketing. "Now we can add a fourth 'P' to the equation - more competitively priced when compared to others in the high sport market segment."

Among the list of new standard features found on all sixth- generation Corvettes are:
• LS2 6-liter V8 with 400 hp
• 6-speed manual transmission
• Larger tires and wheels (18" front, 19" rear)
• HID Xenon lighting
• Twilight sentinel / Automatic headlights
• Keyless Access with Push Button Start
• Cabin air filtration system
• Power hatch pull down
• RDS AM/FM CD/MP3 player with 7 speakers

Additionally, side air bags move to the list of standard features on Convertibles.

New options for 'America's performance icon' include:
• XM Satellite Radio ($325)
• OnStar ($695)
• DVD-Navigation System with voice activation ($1,400)
• Power convertible top ($1,995)

The 4L65-E 4-speed automatic transmission (a no-charge option) is an upgraded version of the previous 4L60-E design. Featuring a new Performance Shift Algorithm, the 4L65-E automatic can capably handle the LS2 V-8's 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

Corvette's available Z51 Performance Suspension for 2005 ($1,495) continues to feature specific springs, shocks, stabilizer bars, and oil/power steering/transmission coolers but is now enhanced with inclusion of larger cross-drilled brake rotors, specific Goodyear F1 'Supercar' tires, and performance gear ratios (manual trans.)/axle ratios (automatic trans.)

Price of the popular Magnetic Selective Ride Control option ($1,695) is unchanged from 2004.

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