The Lowdown On The Vastly '08 Improved Corvette

America's Sports Car Receives A New LS3 6.2 L V-8 And A Host Of Driving And Interior Refinements

Courtesy of GM Apr 1, 2008 0 Comment(s)

Driving Dynamics
The Corvette coupe and convertible has a hydroformed steel rail backbone structure, which features cored composite floors, an enclosed center tunnel, rear-mounted transmission, and aluminum cockpit structure. Suspension cradles, control arms, knuckles, springs, dampers, bushings, stabilizer bars, and steering gear have all been redesigned. New Goodyear Extended Mobility Tires (EMT) take advantage of the latest sidewall design and compound technology for run-flat capabilities.

Three suspension choices allow drivers to choose the setup that best suits their driving style. The standard suspension is tuned for a balance of ride comfort and precise handling. Corvette is now more poised at even higher handling levels, yet easier to drive.

The optional Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension features magneto-rheological dampers able to detect road surfaces and adjust the damping rates to those surfaces almost instantly for optimal ride control. Cross-drilled brake rotors are included when this feature is selected, allowing customers to combine the larger brakes from the Z51 performance package with the comfort of Magnetic Selective Ride Control.

The Z51 Performance Package brings coupe and convertible performance very close to the widely admired previous generation Z06. The Z51 offers more aggressive dampers and springs, larger stabilizer bars, Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar EMT tires, enhanced cooling and larger cross-drilled brake rotors (13.4 inches/340 mm in front and 13 inches/330 mm in rear) for optimum track performance while still providing a comfortable ride.

With each suspension, three standard dynamic chassis control systems-anti-lock braking, traction control, and active handling-operate in concert. In all, the dynamic chassis control systems are smarter, less intrusive, and more adept at making the total driving experience precisely what drivers have come to expect from their Corvette.

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Corvette Z06 Details
As the fastest, most powerful, and most technologically advanced production model in Corvette's history, the Corvette Z06 offers an unprecedented level of capability and technology, making it one of the best performance values on the market.

The Z06 has an unmistakable and aggressive appearance, with design cues that include:

>>> A wide front fascia with a large, forward-facing grille opening, a splitter along the bottom, and wheel opening extensions along the sides to provide aerodynamic downforce
>>> A cold-air scoop in front of the hood that integrates an air-inlet system for the engine
>>> The trailing edge of the front wheel opening is radiused to achieve improved drag, but protects the body finish with a tough molding; a large air extractor is located behind the wheel
>>> A fixed-roof body style optimizes body rigidity and mass
>>> Wider rear fenders with flares cover the massive rear tires and a brake cooling scoop in front of the wheels visually balances the fender extractor. A tall rear spoiler houses the CHMSL on the top of the rear fascia
>>> 10-spoke wheels (18-inch, front; 19-inch, rear)
>>> Four, large, stainless-steel exhaust outlets
>>> Z06 badging on the carbon-fiber front fenders

For all its race-inspired functionality, the Z06 is designed to be a daily-drivable, high-performance vehicle. To that end, comfort and convenience are held to a very high standard. High-intensity discharge lighting, fog lamps, leather seating, dual-zone air conditioning, cabin air filtration, and a head-up display (HUD) with track mode and g-meter are standard.

The Z06 gauge cluster displays the Z06 logo on the 7000-redline tachometer and has a readout on the oil-pressure gauge to reflect the higher standard pressure of the dry-sump oiling system. The seats feature two-tone leather surfaces, with Z06-logo embroidery and contrasting stitching.

Z06 options include a Bose audio system with an in-dash, six-CD changer, polished, Competition Gray or chrome wheels, a telescoping steering wheel, heated seats, side-impact air bags, a navigation system with GPS and universal home remote.


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