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2008 Chevrolet Corvette

  • 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Base Convertible
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      430/424
    • ENGINE
      6.2L V8
    • MSRP
      $54,575
  • 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      430/424
    • ENGINE
      6.2L V8
    • MSRP
      $46,100
  • 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      505/470
    • ENGINE
      7.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $71,275
  • 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      505/470
    • ENGINE
      7.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $71,275
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2008 Chevrolet Corvette Review

One of the most-loved sports cars in the world, with the 2008 models among the best to carry the Corvette name.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The Chevrolet Corvette is a sport car first introduced for the model year 1953, and was one of the best selling sport cars in the United States each model year. During the approximate 60 years of Corvette models, the body styling went through a number of stages, from a bulkier sport vehicle when introduced in the 1950s to the smaller coupe models popular today. It has won a slew of awards including first on the ""100 Coolest Cars,"" ""Top Sports Cars of the 1960s,"" and ""10 most collectable muscle cars"" from various car magazines.

Most critics will agree that there is little not to like about the 2008 Corvette. It is one of the most high-performance vehicles on the road. It handles incredibly well and it carries the Corvette name, which in itself is a plus. The new instrument layout is one of the best from Corvette to date. The 2008 version is a truly beautiful vehicle from an aesthetic perspective, and along with the pure aggressive styling, the curves are engineered to be more aerodynamic than ever. Finally, when comparing prices on vehicles within its class, the Corvette is very cheap, in a good way.

Keeping in mind, it is a sport car, so it’s not really ideal for trips to the store or taking the kids to school. The only real negatives of the 2008 Chevrolet Corvette include a lack of wet-pavement traction control, some models have excessive idling noise and vibration, visibility is a problem when the top is up, and getting in and out can be troublesome for many.

The Corvette is one of the most affordable super powerful sport cars in the world, and it may be hard to find a lot of negative reviews of the vehicle overall, either from critics or drivers.

The Range

Body Styles: sport coupe, sport convertible
Engines: 436-hp 6.2-liter V-8, 430-hp 6.2-liter V-8, 505-hp seven-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual overdrive, six-speed automatic with overdrive and auto-manual
Models: coupe, convertible, Indy 500 Pace Car Replica coupe, Indy 500 Pace Car Replica convertible, Z06 hardtop coupe

What's New

The base models were more powerful than the previous 2007 models, and the 2008 model year saw the introduction of the 505-horsepower Z06. A Z51 performance package became available, and drivers had the option of a paddle-shift automatic.

Exterior

The Corvette has an iconic body style, always sleek and ahead of its time for nearly every model year. The 2008 Corvette sits low and is designed for maximum aerodynamics. Drivers have the option of a coupe style or convertible. 2008 models include Xenon high-intensity headlights standard, round taillights, integrated exhaust tips, a tapered rear body for improved performance, hydroformed steel frame with aluminum and magnesium components for a lighter body, and extended-mobility Goodyear Eagle tires for the front and the back. It is available in a range of colors.

Interior

All models are two-seaters with very limited storage and trunk space; however, the 2008 Corvette models have ample leg room for driver and passenger. Gauges use LED technology so they remain lit day and night. Leather interior is available on the coupe and on the convertible models and the Z06 model has two-tone leather. CD and MP3 compatibility is standard and an upgraded Bose system with a six-disc changer is available. Satellite radio is standard along with OnStar. Overall, the interior is described as comfortable and futuristic with a genuine racecar cockpit feel and simple and intuitive controls.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Chevrolet Corvette has three basic engines; they are all premium gas engines, including the 430-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8, the 436-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8, and the Z06 has a 505-horsepower seven-liter V-8. There are only two transmissions available, a six-speed manual with overdrive, and a six-speed automatic and auto-manual with steering wheel paddle-shifters and overdrive.

The engine on even the base Corvette is incredibly powerful, and is dollar for dollar maybe the most powerful engine of any vehicle from 2008. Add a very light frame, impressive handling, and a new high-flow intake on the 2008 models, and any list of top sport cars from 2008 will definitely have the Corvette close to the top spot, if not at number one.

If there is a downside to the performance and handling for the 2008 Corvette, it likely would be in the comfort realm. Within the sport car class however, even the 2008 models are considered above average in comfort.

Safety

The Corvette has all-disc anti-lock brakes (ABS) standard and available high-performance brakes. Sport seat options include seat-mounted side-impact airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Corvette Base: 16/26 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Corvette Z06: 15/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Power
  • Speed
  • Acceleration
  • Handling
  • Style
  • Instrument panel layout
  • Price within class

You Won't Like

  • Storage space
  • Visibility with top up
  • Getting in and out
  • Idling noise on some models

Sum Up

One of the most-loved sports cars in the world, with the 2008 models among the best to carry the Corvette name.

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