Bye bye crossfire, hellow TPI
I read that recently in the 84 vette launch article in Motor Trend! Good memoryI remember reading somewhere that the initial plan was to use the 305 V8 in the Vette but the tuned runners improved gas mileage so much that they were able to retain the bigger 350 engine.
I will tell you, the 84 Corvette was such a HUGE leap at the time. It was the first time it had tires that were real performance tires, the Goodyear "Gatorback", and at the time were a massive 255 width. Before that, everything was skinny. You got the awesome clamshell hood with headlights that did not "pop up", they rotated backwards into position. The digital dash was space age. It was the first Corvette that put a premium on handling. BUT, on the street there was a trick....The 84 had the "cross fire injection" and was total crap. In 85 they did away with that and the Tuned Port Injected engine was born and became a street fighter legend overnight. Ran great, and when you popped that hood everyone "oohed and ahhhed" over those awesome looking runners! Now, just in front of the doors at the beltline, there was a badge saying "Crossfire Injection" or "Tuned Port Injection". But, it was hard to see until too late. By the time you could see it, you were already lined up on the guy. The "trick" was to look at the tail pipes as you were hanging back. The slower 84 had tailpipes that turned down. The faster 85 had straight pipes. Ding! There you go! In 86 they added the CHMSL (Center High Mount Stop Lamp) plus the center of the wheels become silver if I remember right (or grey) as they were black before that.
Planetary gearset mounted behind the 4spd much like the traditional 'overdrive' units of 40s-60s.These were the years of the 4+3 manual + OD transmission, right? Wasn't it some funky design by where there were 4 manual gears with an automatic overdrive on 2nd-4th or something strange like that?