Corvettes are known for their sleek lines and speed. No longer the gas guzzlers of the '50s and the '60s, newer Corvettes are better on gas mileage. The 1984 Corvette's 20-gallon tank and sleek L83, push-rod V8, electric, dual-throttle body, fuel-injected engine allow for nearly 30 mpg on the open road.
Newer Corvettes generally gained a respectable amount of city and highway mileage over the Corvettes of the early '80s. Still, the 1984 models' eight-cylinder, 5.7-liter engines boasted 16 mpg in the city and 28 mpg highway, slightly better than the 2009 models.
Transmission and engine specifications play a role in fuel consumption, not to mention a bit of restraint on the gas pedal. If you have a 7.0-liter engine, you will trade a negligible bit of mileage for higher performance.
Weight, Horsepower and Torque
With 205 hp at 4,300 rpm and 290 foot-pounds of torque at 2,800 rpm, the weight-to-power ratio of the 3,192-pound automatic and 3,164-pound manual ran 16.8:1. These factors created temperate gas use compare with the '50s and '60s Corvettes' gas-guzzling engines. The equal front-to-rear weight distribution bore a drag coefficient of 0.34 for a sleek and powerful drive on the open road. Less drag means efficient, streamlined performance.