10th Jan 2006, 10:24

245hp really is not that much, but still it is a vette. But I would not buy from this year, they are not the best looking or the fastest.

10th Feb 2006, 21:01

Lesson in horse power 101

1986 corvette 240 hp, BUT 330 lbs of torque at 3200 RPM. Check the torque on the 345 horse motor at 5200 RPM. Torque turns tires.

11th Mar 2006, 01:00

I just bought a 1986 Corvette, the first Corvette I've owned. The power this car has is unbelievable! I haven't dared to go over 85 on the highway (good Highway Patrol in our area!), but the car felt just like a thoroughbred given free rein - it wanted to keep going! What a machine!

15th Mar 2006, 23:49

As a collector of classic and sports cars, I own 3 Corvettes. Starting with the newest, a 1994, a 1986, and a 1981. The 1986 is the fastest of the three! The 1981 the slowest, with the 1994 in between.

23rd Jul 2006, 00:43

Unless your 86 has had some modifications, there's no way it's faster than the 94.

19th Sep 2007, 15:33

I have a 1986 Vette. It isn't that fast compared to 2000 sports cars, but off the line it still will leave a lot of so called fast cars in the dust. Remember, this is a car built in the 80's when there was a big downsizing performance.

I say, if you don't like it don't buy it, but at least drive one once and you will see what I mean. If you want a fast car get a 2007 ZO6 -- if you have pockets deep enough.

22nd Jun 2011, 21:07

Please tell me how that's possible? Hmmm I have a 94 with only 29000 miles. I haven't found any 80s Vette roll me around yet.

23rd Jun 2011, 15:38

Even C4s are slow unless it's a Grand Sport. Years ago I had a '75 with 190 hp and felt that was fast. '98 up are. '97 you could have got either engine. Buying these older Vettes seems cheap and a bargain, but parts and labor are not. Watch out for frame and rust issues. C4 electric issues, gauge clusters and oil leaks. If you can save for a C5, in most cases it's less now to buy today than a new Honda Accord. And they don't break.

9th Sep 2011, 19:36

1986 Corvette has 230 hp; 235 with aluminum heads. Check any vette fact site.

17th Dec 2017, 16:08

I agree. I bought a 1986 last year with 70k, and this will burn rubber and leave a lot of cars in the dust. Takeoff power is crazy, it's my first Vette and I love it.

18th Dec 2017, 12:12

Consider joining a club. I learned a lot on tech nights and sharing a lot of very good times. Bought my first in my twenties. Never got a single ticket in them. Maybe that’s why my memories are still so fond I guess! You can take over my experiences for me. Good luck!

18th Aug 2023, 00:48

It still has a top speed of almost 160 which is still fun.