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2003 Chevrolet Corvette 50th Anniversary Edition
Review

Performance Data

Michael Dye

    

It's hard to believe that it's been fifty years since the very first Corvette rolled off the assembly line. Some might say it's been a long fifty years for the Corvette. There have been many good years; the current Z06 model comes to mind. There have also been some not-so-good years. Remember that 1984 model? But overall, most anyone who has ever owned a Corvette will likely tell you it was one of the most exciting automotive experiences they've ever had. So, to continue offering those great experiences and to celebrate the Corvette's 50th birthday, Chevrolet will offer a special 'Vette for 2003.

  

    

    

    

  

Unfortunately, the limited edition Corvette doesn't really differ all that much from the standard version. The 50th Anniversary Edition is only available in dark red with all shale interior, and it rides on champagne-painted wheels. That's about as special as the special edition gets, which is very much to our disappointment. In order to appropriately celebrate fifty years of heritage, this 'Vette should include the LS6 under its hood. Better yet, how about a factory-installed supercharger? At the very least, it would have been nice to see some different wheels or a paint scheme that harkens back to the authoritative Corvettes of the 60's. Oh, well.

   

    

     

    

  

This year, the 50th Anniversary Corvette is slated to pace the Indy 500, which happens to be the fifth time a Corvette has paced the renowned racetrack. Other years include 1978, 1986, 1995 and 1998. (See photo.) In fact, Chevrolets have paced the Indy 500 no less than 12 times, and the 50th Anniversary Corvette will bring the total to 13. That's more than any other automotive manufacturer.

As far as pricing goes, the 50th Edition should fall somewhere between a fully loaded coupe and the mighty ZO6, so plan on at least $48,500. Is it worth it? To loyal Corvette aficionados, the 50th Anniversary Edition will be worth every hard-earned penny. But in my opinion, I'd take a standard Corvette instead. It will still have the 50th anniversary logos, you'll get your choose of colors, and you'll save a few bucks in the process. In any case, we congratulate Chevrolet for 50 years of Corvette history. And when the Corvette gets a complete makeover next year, we hope it will be a promising continuation of America's number one sports car.

          

    

      

Performance Data:

Best 0-60 mph:.............................................
Best 1/4 mile: ............................................... 
Best 60-0 mph braking:................................
EPA fuel economy rating:  ..........................
Common Driver observed mpg: .................
4.92 seconds * 
13.19 seconds @ 109.4 mph *
119 feet *
19/28 mpg 
18.7 (*CommonDriver '02 model data) 
 

Price:

Base price new:...........................................
Price as tested new:.................................... 

$48,500 (est.)
$48,500 (est.)

 

Specifications:

Drivetrain Layout:........................................ Engine Type:.................................................
Displacement:
............................................... Horsepower:..................................................
Torque:..........................................................
Transmission type:........................................
Tire size:........................................................
Airbags:.........................................................
Special Features............................................
Front engine, RWD
V-8, OHV, 16-V
345.7 ci, 5665 cc 
350 @ 5600 rpm 
375 @ 4400 rpm 
6-speed manual (4-speed auto optional) 
F: P245/45ZR17 R: P275/40ZR18 
Dual front
Substandard for the 50th Anniversary. 
 

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