Chevrolet Corvette C4
The Chevrolet Corvette C4 was a sports car first introduced in 1984 and remained in production until 1996, when the Fifth Generation of the Corvette was unveiled. It boasted a sleek design made from reaction injection molding plastics, along with a newly designed glass hatchback for better accessibility and all-new aluminum brakes. Inside there was an electronic dashboard with digital liquid crystal displays for speed and RPM readings. With its emphasis on handling, the C4 Corvette was proclaimed the best handling car ever at that time. Unfortunately, it offered a solid, uncompromising ride and very minimal sound deadening. This resulted in rattles and squeaks in the body frame of the vehicle.
For the 1984-88 models, there was the unique Doug Nash 4+3 transmission, which is a 4-speed manual coupled with an automatic overdrive on the top three gears. It was later replaced by a modern ZF 6-speed manual. In 1992 the L98 engine was replaced by the second-generation LT1 engine, greatly improving the performance of the C4. The 1996 model was equipped with the LT4 engine, which offered 330 horsepower.
The 1986 C4 Corvette is also known for being the first car to be equipped with an electronic anti-theft system, known as the Pass Key I. This system utilizes key pellets that are detected and identified by the car's computer. At the time of its initial rollout, there were only 15 different resistance values that could be identified.
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