In the Corvette design, styling had to be distinctive, and quality was critical. The dramatic air scoops which extend from the front of the vehicle to the doors are key styling elements. They are moulded into the fenders. The fenders are very large, and are moulded from Spectrum BP-80 reaction mouldable polymer from Dow.
The fifth generation Corvette not only drew rave reviews from the North American International Auto Show, it also won the 1998 Motor Trend Car of the Year and the 1998 North American Car of the Year awards