1997 Chevy Vortec 5.7L Performance

by Charles Green

In 1997 full-size Chevrolet pickup trucks, a 5.7-liter Vortec V8 engine was offered as optional equipment. This engine, paired with a four-speed automatic transmission, provided optimal performance for two- and four-wheel-drive Chevrolet C/K pickup trucks.


The 5.7-liter Vortec V-8 engine, paired with a four-speed automatic transmission, is rated at 255 horsepower at 4,600 rpm and 330 foot-pounds of torque at 2,800 rpm. The truck has a payload of 1,656 pounds and a curb weight of 4,544 pounds.


The 1997 Chevrolet C/K is 236 inches long, 76.8 inches wide and 73.2 inches high. The truck sits on a 155.5-inch wheelbase and is available in two- and four-wheel-drive and assorted cabin and truck bed configurations.

Fuel Economy

The 1997 Chevrolet C/K equipped with a 5.7-liter Vortec engine is rated at 18 mpg city when paired with a five-speed manual transmission. When paired with a four-speed automatic transmission, this truck gets 14 mpg city and 17 mpg highway. The 5.7-liter Vortec runs on regular gasoline.

About the Author

Charles Green is a freelance writer in North Carolina who has been writing since 1992 and freelancing since 2002. His work appears in "435 South Magazine," "Wisconsin Golfer" and for various websites. Green earned a Bacheler of Science in business administration from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

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