2004 Chevrolet Corvette History, Specs, and Performance

The 2004 Chevrolet Corvette is memorable not necessarily for its features or any standout equipment over other, previous models. Rather, it stands apart as the last model in the fifth generation of Corvettes; it is the epitome of what the fifth generation of these cars should be. Below, you’ll find information on the history, support network, possible customization options, notable features, and popular models of the 2004 Chevrolet Corvette.

History of the 2004 Chevrolet Corvette

2004 Chevrolet Corvette

This was a notable year in the history of the Chevrolet Corvette. In fact, the 2004 Chevrolet Corvette was the final Corvette in the fifth generation run. The ‘C6’ sixth generation line was scheduled for release the following year.

Aside from this, however, the 2004 Chevrolet Corvette was essentially an identical carry-over of the 2003 model, except for specialized commemorative models of it. This means that like its predecessor, the 2004 convertible and coupe iterations of the vehicle also had a powerful 5.7-liter V8 engine equipped with 350 horsepower.

The third type of 2004 Chevrolet Corvette was a Z06 hardtop with a more powerful engine, topping out at 405 horsepower. However, Chevrolet chose to give it the same engine block as the other two versions. Customers only had the option of six-speed manual transmission for this car, along with several standard features and equipment types. In addition, all three models, coupe, convertible, and hardtop Z06, featured two-door bodies.

Most of the paint options also remained the same. Colors like Arctic White, Torch Red, and the classic Black were making a return. However, the commemorative edition of the 2004 Chevrolet Corvette had the option of a special Le Mans blue paint job, among other things. While it may not have been a major departure from the previous year, the car is popular with both customers and enthusiasts.

The 4 Most Popular 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Models

Technically, Chevrolet released their 2004 Corvette in six models. Customers could get a commemorative edition of the 2004 in either convertible, coupe, or hardtop Z06 models. However, each of the three commemorative models were functionally similar to each other—they differed only from their standard counterparts.


2004 Chevy Corvette Convertible

The convertible model for the 2004 Chevrolet Corvette was very much functionally and aesthetically similar to its predecessor of 2003. The same engine, transmission, and paint options are present in the 2004 as the 2003.

And since the body and internal workings were relatively unchanged, customers could expect the 2004 model to handle and ride in much the same way as the old one. Customers were still able to choose between variable-speed manual and automatic transmission types and take advantage of the 350 horsepower engine. The 2004 Chevrolet Corvette convertible retailed for $50,735.


2004 Corvette Coupe

The 2004 Chevrolet Corvette coupe came with some standard fare. A removable roof panel that was the same color as the body of the car was one of them. Customers could open the rear window of the coupe just like a hatchback. However, unlike the convertible and the Z06, the 2004 coupe does not have trunk space.

Standard features for the coupe included climate control, fog lamps, powered leather sports seats, remote keyless entry, a parcel net with a luggage shade, and stainless steel exhaust.

All in all, similar features to what Chevrolet offered in the past, but they proved popular nonetheless. The 2004 Chevrolet Corvette coupe retailed for $43,735.

Z06 Hardtop

2004 Corvette in Blue

The Z06 version of the 2004 Corvette kept most of the standard features and equipment as the coupe and convertible models. This includes dual-zone temperature control, four-wheel-disc brakes, specialized traction control, sports seating, and a Bose speaker system, just to name a few.

However, the Z06 added a few things as well. For instance, customers could get an integrated heads-up display, a tire repair kit, and titanium exhaust ports rather than stainless steel. And of course, the Z06 gets 405 horsepower even with the same 5.7-liter displacement. The 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Hardtop retailed for $51,585.

Special Commemorative Edition

As the 2004 version was the final Corvette for the C5 family, Chevrolet chose to commemorate it with special limited editions of each of the three standard models. This commemoration is a celebration of Corvette’s classic back-to-back victories at the famous 24-hours of Le Mans endurance race. As such, Chevrolet chose to celebrate the achievements of the Corvette with eye-catching visual style rather than upgrades under the hood.

The company gave all commemorative editions of the 2004 a special Le Mans Blue paint job and a unique, shale-colored interior redesign. Cross flags adorn the headrests and special exterior badges denote the success of the car at Le Mans. Customers who chose the limited edition Z06 model had the option of a carbon fiber racing hood for their vehicle. This is noteworthy as, according to GM, it’s the first time carbon fiber was used in a large body panel for a production car.

Getting Support For the 2004 Chevrolet Corvette

If you own this car and need parts or services, a variety of online dealers are available to help. West Coast Corvette and GM Parts generally have accessories or replacement parts available for this model and can ship them to you quickly.

If you’re simply looking to swap information or interesting stories about the 2004 Chevrolet Corvette with others who share your passion, various Corvette forums, and even social media groups are already up and running, happy to welcome new members.

Further Options for the 2004 Chevrolet Corvette and Fun Stuff

Perhaps because the standard 2004 models were so similar to those of the previous year, aesthetic accessories and modifications have proven popular with many Corvette enthusiasts over the years. Some of the most common cosmetic changes include different rims with high-performance tires, bumpers, spoilers, and LED lighting kits. Most outlets that sell repair parts also sell such accessories for your Corvette.

The End of an Era

The 2004 Chevrolet Corvette may have been the proverbial swan song for the C5 lineup, but it went out with grace and style. The company understood that it had improved significantly on the C5 over the years and it was time to go out on a high note, leaving time-tested features be while adding a few new touches here and there.

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