2008 Chevrolet Corvette Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$46,100-$71,275
$41,260-$63,791
15 /CITY / 25 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • New 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 engine

  • New high-flow intake manifold and cylinder head

  • ZO6-spec fuel injectors

  • New optional 2.73 ratio performance axle for automatic transmission

  • Revised 6-speed manual transmission

  • Revised rack-and-pinion steering

  • New standard split-spoke wheels

  • Two new exterior colors

  • OnStar, XM satellite radio, auto-dimming rearview mirrors and other options now standard

  • New interior refinements
Overview
For 2008, engineers beefed up the performance of the C6-1/2 generation Corvette with an all-new 6.2-liter V-8 engine capable of 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds, according to Chevrolet. In addition, there's a new 2.73 performance axle for automatic transmission models, two new exterior colors, interior trim refinements, and OnStar, XM satellite radio and other previously optional equipment now standard in all Corvette models.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Chevrolet Corvette is available in three models: coupe, convertible and ZO6. The list of standard equipment on the coupe and convertible includes split-spoke cast aluminum wheels; improved steering; new keyless access remote key fob with integrated key; interior trim enhancements including brushed aluminum accents; auto-dimming mirrors with compass; and two new premium exterior colors-Jetstream Blue Metallic Tintcoat and Crystal Red Metallic Tintcoat. Available options include the Z51 performance package; 2.73 performance axle with 6-speed automatic paddle shift (included in Z51 package); polished forged aluminum wheels; custom leather-wrapped interior package in new colors of Linen and Sienna; and a dual-mode performance exhaust system.

Standard equipment on the ZO6 model includes the 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 engine; forged steel main bearing caps and crankshaft; titanium connecting rods; cast aluminum flat-top pistons; unique cylinder block; and racing-derived aluminum cylinder heads with titanium-filled intake valves and sodium-filled exhaust valves. ZO6 options include a Bose audio system with an in-dash 6-disc CD changer; polished chrome or Competition Gray wheels; side-impact air bags; telescoping heated steering wheel; heated seats; and a navigation system with GPS and universal home remote.

Powertrain
The all-new 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 engine, which features an increase in displacement of .2 liters from the 6.0-liter 2007 engine, is standard on the 2008 Corvette coupe and convertible and delivers 430 hp at 5900 rpm and 424 lb.-ft. of torque at 4600 rpm. With the optional new dual-mode exhaust system, power output increases to 436 hp at 5900 rpm and 428 lb.-ft. of torque at 4600 rpm. Other new engine features in the 2008 Corvette include an enhanced valvetrain, and new high-flow intake manifold and cylinder head. The new models offer improved manual transmission shift effort and quicker 6-speed automatic shift times as well as a new 2.73 performance axle ratio available with the automatic transmission. There are virtually no changes to the 2008 Corvette ZO6, which features a 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 engine that delivers 505 hp at 6300 rpm and 470 lb.-ft. of torque at 4800 rpm. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 6.2-liter 6-speed automatic V-8 are 15 mpg city/25 mpg highway; the 6.2-liter 6-speed manual transmission V-8 model gets 16 mpg city/26 mpg highway; and the 7.0-liter V-8 ZO6 is estimated at 15 mpg city/24 mpg highway.

Safety
The 2008 Chevrolet Corvette has not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for front or side-impact crash tests or for rollover tests. However, all 2008 Corvette models have standard driver and right front passenger frontal air bags. Side-impact air bags are standard on the convertible and available on coupe and ZO6 models. Other standard safety features include: active handling, including traction control and anti-lock brakes; run-flat Goodyear extended mobility tires; and Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps. OnStar with voice-activated turn-by-turn navigation is available on all three models.

Technology
Other high-tech features include auto-dimming mirrors with compass; three suspension choices (standard, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, and Z51 performance package); XM satellite radio; full-function OnStar system and available voice-activated onboard navigation system; and three standard dynamic chassis control systems (anti-lock braking, traction control and Active Handling). An iPod/MP3 jack is included on all sound systems except in models equipped with a navigation system; those models offer Personal Audio Link as a dealer-installed accessory.

What Changed for 2008:

  • New 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 engine

  • New high-flow intake manifold and cylinder head

  • ZO6-spec fuel injectors

  • New optional 2.73 ratio performance axle for automatic transmission

  • Revised 6-speed manual transmission

  • Revised rack-and-pinion steering

  • New standard split-spoke wheels

  • Two new exterior colors

  • OnStar, XM satellite radio, auto-dimming rearview mirrors and other options now standard

  • New interior refinements
Overview
For 2008, engineers beefed up the performance of the C6-1/2 generation Corvette with an all-new 6.2-liter V-8 engine capable of 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds, according to Chevrolet. In addition, there's a new 2.73 performance axle for automatic transmission models, two new exterior colors, interior trim refinements, and OnStar, XM satellite radio and other previously optional equipment now standard in all Corvette models.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Chevrolet Corvette is available in three models: coupe, convertible and ZO6. The list of standard equipment on the coupe and convertible includes split-spoke cast aluminum wheels; improved steering; new keyless access remote key fob with integrated key; interior trim enhancements including brushed aluminum accents; auto-dimming mirrors with compass; and two new premium exterior colors-Jetstream Blue Metallic Tintcoat and Crystal Red Metallic Tintcoat. Available options include the Z51 performance package; 2.73 performance axle with 6-speed automatic paddle shift (included in Z51 package); polished forged aluminum wheels; custom leather-wrapped interior package in new colors of Linen and Sienna; and a dual-mode performance exhaust system.

Standard equipment on the ZO6 model includes the 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 engine; forged steel main bearing caps and crankshaft; titanium connecting rods; cast aluminum flat-top pistons; unique cylinder block; and racing-derived aluminum cylinder heads with titanium-filled intake valves and sodium-filled exhaust valves. ZO6 options include a Bose audio system with an in-dash 6-disc CD changer; polished chrome or Competition Gray wheels; side-impact air bags; telescoping heated steering wheel; heated seats; and a navigation system with GPS and universal home remote.

Powertrain
The all-new 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 engine, which features an increase in displacement of .2 liters from the 6.0-liter 2007 engine, is standard on the 2008 Corvette coupe and convertible and delivers 430 hp at 5900 rpm and 424 lb.-ft. of torque at 4600 rpm. With the optional new dual-mode exhaust system, power output increases to 436 hp at 5900 rpm and 428 lb.-ft. of torque at 4600 rpm. Other new engine features in the 2008 Corvette include an enhanced valvetrain, and new high-flow intake manifold and cylinder head. The new models offer improved manual transmission shift effort and quicker 6-speed automatic shift times as well as a new 2.73 performance axle ratio available with the automatic transmission. There are virtually no changes to the 2008 Corvette ZO6, which features a 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 engine that delivers 505 hp at 6300 rpm and 470 lb.-ft. of torque at 4800 rpm. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 6.2-liter 6-speed automatic V-8 are 15 mpg city/25 mpg highway; the 6.2-liter 6-speed manual transmission V-8 model gets 16 mpg city/26 mpg highway; and the 7.0-liter V-8 ZO6 is estimated at 15 mpg city/24 mpg highway.

Safety
The 2008 Chevrolet Corvette has not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for front or side-impact crash tests or for rollover tests. However, all 2008 Corvette models have standard driver and right front passenger frontal air bags. Side-impact air bags are standard on the convertible and available on coupe and ZO6 models. Other standard safety features include: active handling, including traction control and anti-lock brakes; run-flat Goodyear extended mobility tires; and Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps. OnStar with voice-activated turn-by-turn navigation is available on all three models.

Technology
Other high-tech features include auto-dimming mirrors with compass; three suspension choices (standard, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, and Z51 performance package); XM satellite radio; full-function OnStar system and available voice-activated onboard navigation system; and three standard dynamic chassis control systems (anti-lock braking, traction control and Active Handling). An iPod/MP3 jack is included on all sound systems except in models equipped with a navigation system; those models offer Personal Audio Link as a dealer-installed accessory.
Available Trims for the 2008 Chevrolet Corvette
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name 2dr Cpe Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 46100.00 Engine 6.2L/376 City/Hwy MPG 15/25
Name Z06 (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 71275.00 Engine 7.0L/427 City/Hwy MPG 15/24
Name 2dr Conv Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 54575.00 Engine 6.2L/376 City/Hwy MPG 15/25

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INTERIOR
  • Seats, front bucket with leather seating surfaces includes back angle adjustment (Requires 1LT Preferred Equipment Group.)
  • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way power
  • Console, floor, 2 covered cup holders, ashtray with cigar lighter, auxiliary power outlet and CD storage
  • Floor mats, carpeted
  • Steering column, Tilt-Wheel, manual
  • Steering wheel, 3-spoke leather-wrapped
  • Instrumentation, electronic analog with Driver Information Center and 2-line display
  • Oil life monitoring system
  • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
  • Windows, power with driver and passenger Express-Down
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, push button start, immobilizer and audible visual alarm
  • Keyless Access, with push button start and 2 remote transmitters that enable automatic door unlock and open by touching door switch
  • Hatch release, push button open (Includes power hatch pulldown.)
  • Defogger, rear-window, electric
  • Air conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver and right-front passenger and outside temperature display
  • Air filtration system with pollen filter
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming with compass, includes dual reading lights
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Lighting, interior with courtesy, cargo and glovebox
  • Storage, with lockable glovebox, center console and 2 rear compartments with covers
  • Seats, front bucket with perforated leather seating surfaces Z06 embroidery and contrasting stitching
  • Head-Up Display with dot-matrix readouts for street mode, track mode with g-meter, vehicle speed, engine rpm and readings from key gauges including water temperature and oil pressure
  • Hatch release, push button open
  • Storage, with lockable glovebox, center console and 2 rear compartments with covers (One compartment contains battery on Z06.)
  • Seats, Sport front bucket with perforated leather seating surfaces includes back angle adjustment, adjustable lumbar and side bolsters
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way power
  • Trunk release, push button open
  • Cargo net, in rear compartment area
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels, 5-split spoke, Silver-painted aluminum 18" x 8.5" (45.7 cm x 21.6 cm), front and 19" x 10.0" (48.3 cm x 25.4 cm), rear
  • Tires, front P245/40ZR18 Eagle F1, extended mobility
  • Tires, rear P285/35ZR19 Eagle F1, extended mobility
  • Roof panel, 1-piece body-color, removable
  • Headlamps, dual projector lamps, Xenon, High-Intensity Discharge (HID) low-beam, tungsten-halogen high-beam with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Fog lamps, front, integral in front fascia
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable and driver-side auto-dimming, body- color
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Wipers, front intermittent
  • Wheels, Z06 Silver-painted aluminum 18" x 9.5" (45.7 cm x 24.1 cm) front and 19" x 12" (48.3 cm x 30.48 cm) rear
  • Tires, front P275/35ZR18 Eagle F1 Supercar, extended mobility
  • Tires, rear P325/30ZR19 Eagle F1 Supercar, extended mobility
  • Convertible top, manual folding, includes glass rear window with integral defogger
MECHANICAL
  • Engine, 6.2L V8 SFI (430 hp [320.6 kW] @ 5900 rpm, 424 lb-ft of torque [572.4 N-m] @ 4600 rpm)
  • Transmission, 6-speed manual, short-throw (Includes (GU6) 3.42 axle ratio.)
  • Rear axle, 3.42 ratio, limited slip (Included and only available with (MN6) 6-speed manual transmission.)
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Active handling, improves traction and enhances vehicle stability
  • Engine access, rear-opening hood
  • Suspension, 4-wheel independent, includes transverse composite springs
  • Steering, power, speed-sensitive, rack-and-pinion
  • Exhaust, aluminized stainless-steel with 3" polished stainless-steel tips
  • Engine, 7.0L (427 CI) LS7 V8 SFI with dry sump oil system (505 hp [376.6 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 470 lb-ft of torque [634.5 N-m] @ 4800 rpm)
  • Rear axle, 3.42 ratio, limited slip
  • Z06 Performance Package, 4-wheel independent, includes transverse composite springs, power steering, engine oil, axle and transmission coolers, stiffer springs and stabilizer bars, specific shock absorbers, larger brakes with 6- piston front and 4-piston rear cross-drilled rotors and specific tires
  • Exhaust, dual-mode aluminized stainless-steel with 4" polished stainless- steel tips
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Traction control, all-speed
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System, air pressure sensors in each tire with pressure display in Driver Information Center
    • Air bags, frontal, driver and right-front passenger with Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your childs age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
    • OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling, AccidentAssist and Remote Horn & Lights (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remote Door Unlock success varies with conditions. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by model. Visit onstar.com or call 1-888-466-7827 f
    • Air bags, frontal and side-impact, driver and front passenger with Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your childs age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), automatic volume, TheftLock and auxiliary input jack. Includes (U66) 7-speaker system (Requires 1LT or 2LT Preferred Equipment Group.)
    • Enhanced Acoustic Package
    • XM Satellite Radio. With a wide variety of programming, XM has something to excite any driver. Whether you want to be entertained or informed, to laugh, think, or sing, XM has the perfect channel for you - coast-to-coast, and in digital-quality sound. 3 trial months - no obligation (Includes hidden antenna in outside mirrors. Available in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately after 3 trial months. All fees and programming subject to change. Subscription subject to customer agreement. For more information, visit gm.xmradio.com.)
    • Antenna, integral, hidden
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), automatic volume, TheftLock and auxiliary input jack. Includes (U66) 7-speaker system (Requires 1LZ Preferred Equipment Group.)
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), automatic volume, TheftLock and auxiliary input jack. Includes (U66) 7-speaker system (Requires 2LT Preferred Equipment Group.)

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