Sports car icon gets more power, refined interior
There’s a lot that’s new and exciting with Chevy’s 2008 Corvette and Metrocarguide has all the details.
A new, 6.2-litre V8 is now the standard engine in coupe and convertible models, rated at 430 horsepower with the standard exhaust system. That’s up from 400 hp in the current version’s 6.0-litre V8.
With a new, optional two-mode exhaust system, power increases to 436 hp. The standard car with the 6-speed paddle-shift automatic is the fastest automatic-equipped Corvette ever, with zero to 100 km/h capability of about 4.5 seconds.
This new iteration of the small-block V8 features revisions and other internal upgrades that make it stronger and able to breathe easier. The intake valves, for example, are nearly nine per cent larger than those in the present model’s 6.0-litre V8
Optional on ‘08 coupes and convertibles is a new, two-mode performance exhaust system. Similar in design and function to the system used on the Z06, the dual-mode exhaust uses vacuum-actuated outlet valves, which control engine noise during low-load operation, but open for maximum performance during high-load operation. It’s not identical to the Z06 system; the Z06 uses a three-inch diameter exhaust system while the coupe/convertible make do with a half-inch smaller outlet.
Gear shifts have been improved, too, along with steering revisions for improved feel.
A custom leather-wrapped interior package is also available on all three models. It offers a stylish, two-tone leather-appointed cabin.