The 1994 Corvette Refines Rather than Changes

Tweaks here and there earn the 1994 Corvette another up Year in Sales

With the fourth go around of the 90s decade the engineers at GM were certainly hoping that they could finally hit a home run and see yet another sales increase instead of decrease; enter the 1994 Corvette. The 1994 Corvette saw more overall refinement than it did overall change and while there were no major changes that did take place the Corvette Nation finally showed some stronger signs of life.

Under the hood the 1994 Corvette refined an already powerful LT1 V-8 base engine. Two of the notable improvements done to the eight cylinder screamer included:

  • Improved Ignition: A more powerful ignition system which allowed the 1994 Corvette to start easier. This was a welcomed feature for those who had to deal with cold weather for several months out of the year.
  • Fuel Injection: A new sequential fuel injection system was implemented for the 1994 Corvette. This allowed for better idling, increased throttle response, and lower tail pipe emissions.

1Power for the LT1 engine remained the same as the previous year and continued to pump out 300 bhp which was enough to throw the 1994 Corvette down the quarter mile track in just 14.1 seconds at 103 miles per hour. All and all the satisfaction of the base line engine was indeed great.

Not to be outdone by engine refinements, the 1994 Corvette also featured for the first time in the car’s history and electronically controlled automatic transmission. The new transmission allowed for a smoother transition through the gears versus the mechanical four-speed of the past and also had a feature that would lock out the gears and keep the car in park until the driver applied the brake pedal. This eliminated what was known as ‘unintended acceleration.’

New to the outside of the 1994 Corvette was the implementation of a new technology called ‘run flat’ tires. The tires, which were made by Goodyear, were the first in a line that would be put on certain production cars. With the run flats a driver could continue to drive on a tire even if it had zero tire pressure for up to 50 miles as the tires would maintain their shape. Because there was no way to tell when a tire became flat, all 1994 Vettes that featured the run flats had to be purchased with the tire pressure sensor system.

The biggest disappointment once again in 1994 was the Corvette ZR-1. With the cost of the ZR-1 option now reaching an unheard of $31,000 plus, it was clear that the popularity that the car enjoyed in its first year of production would probably not be back. The numbers backed the theory as only 448 buyers opted for the ZR-1 package that year. It was then announced by Chevy that 1995 would be the last year for the Corvette ZR-1.

Despite the fact that the ZR-1 didn’t sell well again and little to no noteworthy changes conducted, for the second straight time in the 1990s the Corvette increased production from the previous year and moved a total of 23,330 units. While still not as stellar as the folks at GM had hoped for the figures were none the less heading in the right direction; up.

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