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2008 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

2dr Cpe Z06

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2008 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

Chevrolet's 2008 Corvette coupe and convertible are flashy, fast sports cars, yet they're comfortable enough to drive daily in fair-weather places. The Corvette Z06 especially is one of the best-performing cars in the world, and makes various race-proven design features available in an affordably priced production vehicle. Relative to its performance rivals, all well over $100,000, the Z06 is a downright bargain at a touch over $70,000. The Corvette's various improvements and across-the-line power boost for 2008 make it an even better value.

What's new for 2008?

The Chevy Corvette gets extensive mechanical changes for 2008, including more powerful engines for both the standard model and the top-performance Z06, plus improved transmission action and steering feel. Also, a new 2.73 performance axle ratio is available with the six-speed paddle-shift automatic or included with the Z51 package.

Model Strengths

  • Supercar-caliber performance
  • flashy looks
  • racing-derived equipment (Z06).

Model Review

The Chevrolet Corvette gets more power for 2008. The new version of the standard aluminum-block V8 in the Corvette coupe and convertible models now displaces 6.2 liters and is rated at 430 horsepower--30 horsepower more than last year's 6.0-liter engine--and 424 ft-lbs of torque. The engine gets a number of design changes, including a new intake manifold that yields a more refined sound. It can be matched with either a six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed automatic with paddle-shifters beside the steering wheel.

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The 2008 Chevrolet Corvette's larger base 430-horsepower V8 isn't what the car realistically needs because the 2007 model had more than enough sizzle with 400 horsepower than typical Corvette buyers needed.

The Vette's new V8 has been enlarged from 6 liters to 6.2 liters and also produces more torque than the car's 2007 V8. It can be ordered with a $1,195 "dual-mode" exhaust system that lets horsepower climb to 436. The added power is from an exhaust that bypasses the quieter of two passage through the mufflers.

Unlike the overhead-camshaft engines in most rivals, the Corvette V8 has a pushrod design, although it's an advanced one and is less complicated than an overhead-cam engine.

Ultimate Corvette
For those who must have ultimate Corvette power, there's the 505-horsepower Corvette Z06 hatchback with its 7-liter pushrod V8-although it costs $70,175 and doesn't come as a convertible

The Z06 is less comfortable than a regular 'Vette, feeling much like a race-ready street car with a higher-performance suspension that provides a stiffer ride, uprated brakes and unusually large, wide tires for a street machine.

Two Regular Trim Levels
The regular Corvette hatchback lists at $45,170, and the convertible is $53,510. You can add expensive options to any Corvette trim level, which is something Chevy dealers like to do.

The Z06 originally started out as a lower-cost Corvette that would be within reach of working class folks, which was the case with 1960s and 1970s 'Vettes. But Chevy was selling so many high-profit regular Corvettes when considering a low-cost, entry level version several years ago, it figured it would shoot the works and opt for an even more expensive, higher-horsepower version. Hence, the first Z06.

No lower-cost, entry level 'Vette looks like it's on the horizon. Instead, a more powerful Corvette than the Z06 is reportedly in the works to battle lower-production rivals such as the $83,895 Dodge Viper, which has an 8.4-liter V10 engine with 600-horsepower.

Corvette rivals keep adding power, so Chevy must figure it has to do the same.

The Corvette got a major redesign for 2005, so the only exterior difference between the 2007 and new Corvettes are new wheels. But there are major mechanical differences, which help make the car feel more refined.

Improved Steering And Shifting
For instance, the 2008 Corvette no longer has rather dead-feeling power steering-long a weak point. It now provides more feel. And the base 6-speed manual transmission shifts more directly, with shorter throws and lower effort. Also, the lighter clutch doesn't require as much effort.

The interior has been upgraded and can be given a real uptown look with the (gulp!) $8,005 (hatchback) and $8,600 (convertible) 4LT Preferred Equipment Group. This upscale interior-also offered for the Z06 in the $6,545 3LZ Preferred Equipment Group- has finely stitched 2-tone leather on the dashboard, door panels and seats, along with unique interior trim.

Options Escalate Price
My test 2008 base Corvette coupe had a bottom-line price of $54,610 with options but without an $825 freight charge -or $9,440 more than the list price. And no wonder, because extras included a $4,505 Preferred Equipment Group with items including an upscale sound system, power telescoping wheel, heated seats and side impact air bags.

You might figure that a power tilt/telescopic wheel would be standard in a $45,000-plus car. And side air bags (standard on the convertible) shouldn't be in a costly option package. (You can get them for the coupe in a $1,496 option package that also has perforated leather upholstery and a 6-way power passenger seat.)

My test car also had a $1,695 "Z51" Performance Package, with larger cross-drilled brake rotors and a performance-tuned (spell "firmer") suspension, which didn't affect the comfortable ride much.

Then there were the $1,295 polished aluminum wheels, $750 removable transparent roof panel and that power-enhancing dual-mode exhaust. How many Corvette owners really need the special exhaust for that 6 extra horsepower?

Extras Not Really Needed
While some of those extras are desirable to some folks, they're not really necessary unless you've got extra money to throw around because even the base Corvette hatchback coupe and convertible are well-equipped with comfort, convenience and safety items. They include leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate controls, anti-lock brakes and traction control.

Automatic Favored
The base V-8 works with a 6-speed automatic transmission or my test car's manual gearbox. Shifting gears usually makes driving a sports car more fun. But, with the Corvette's prodigious power and torque, the quicker-shifting automatic is the way to go for most 'Vette buyers. In fact, the majority have ordered the automatic for years.

The standard suspension is fine for fast, safe driving. So are the regular brakes.

The new Corvette provides decent highway fuel economy for such a high-performance car despite its added power-and lower EPA fuel economy ratings for 2008 cars. It's an estimated 16 mpg in the city and 26 on highways with the manual transmission and 15 and 25 with the automatic. The Z06 comes only with a 6-speed manual and delivers 15 mpg in the city and 24 on highways.

Difficult In And Out
It's not easy to enter or leave any version of this low-slung 2-seater without some contortions, and long, heavy doors aren't suited to tight parking spots.

Gauges can be read quickly, and the nicely placed controls are easy to use. But the seats can be improved, and small interior push-button door openers are more gimmicky than practical.

High Trunk Liftover
Trunk room is pretty good, but getting objects in or out of the high cargo opening can be a strain.

It's too bad we never saw the proposed lower-cost entry Corvette, but the 2008 model is even more of an outstanding performance bargain.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Opt
Passenger Air Bag Opt
Side Air Bag Opt
Rear Body Side Air Bag Opt

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile¹ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2014.

¹Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

²Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

³Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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