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)

Standard, Split-Spoke, Cast-Aluminum Wheel Design (Competition Gray Finish Optional) Polished, Forged-Aluminum Wheel Design
Corvette coupe and convertible models come with a new split-spoke wheel design for 2008. The design was introduced on the limited-edition '07 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car replicas with a Sterling Silver finish. The standard 18-inch front wheels and 19-inch rear wheels feature a Sparkle Silver finish, with a Competition Gray version optional. Also new is a distinctive, performance-oriented, forged-aluminum wheel for the coupe and convertible in a polished finish.

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Custom Leather-Wrapped Interior Package Available For All Models In Exclusive, New Linen And Sienna Colors
Available on the coupe, convertible, and Z06 models, the new Custom Leather-Wrapped Interior Package offers a stylish, two-tone, leather-appointed cabin with details that enhance the feeling of Corvette's craftsmanship. Details include:

>>> Two-tone, leather-wrapped upper and lower instrument panel, door pads, and seats
>>> Choice of new, exclusive colors: Linen or Sienna, with unique color breakup
>>> Padded door panel armrests
>>> "Corvette" embroidered on the passenger-side dashpad
>>> Embroidered crossed-flags logo on headrests
>>> Unique center trim plate with bias pattern
All models feature a new, wrapped instrument-panel center trim plate with bright surrounds for the shifter and cupholder. There are also new, metal-finish, door-sill plates that greet passengers as they step into the vehicle, as well as a new, lighted-control knob for the available Magnetic Selective Ride Control.

Feature Changes And Enhancements
All Corvette models now come standard with features that were previously optional or part of equipment packages. They include:

>>> On Star with available turn-by-turn navigation
>>> XM Satellite Radio
>>> Auto-dimming rearview mirrors (with compass)
>>> Audio input jack on all radio systems except navigation; Personal Audio Link is available as a dealer-installed item with the navigation system
>>> New Keyless Access remote key fob with integrated key

Exterior Colors
There are two new premium exterior colors available with the '08 Corvette models: Jetstream Blue Metallic Tintcoat and Crystal Red Metallic Tintcoat. they replace Le Mans Blue Metallic and Monterey Red Metallic tintcoat.

The '08 Corvette convertible features a power-operated soft top with the 3LT package; an easy-to-operate manual top is standard. Both configurations use a five-layer fabric that conceals the underlying structure for a good top-up appearance, plus it helps preserve the car's excellent aerodynamics and reduces road noise.

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Corvette's interior is inspired by the car's dual-cockpit heritage. High-quality materials, craftsmanship, and functionality help deliver premium quality meant to enhance performance driving. The instrument panel and doors are covered with cast-skin, foam-in-place trim that looks like a leather-wrapped, padded panel. It is warm and inviting and has double the life of conventional trim materials.

An AM/FM/XM radio with CD player and audio input jack is standard. An optional Bose audio system with an in-dash six-disc changer adds to the choices available to the audiophile owner. Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls-introduced in 2007-are included with the Bose premium system.

A full-function OnStar system is standard and an onboard navigation system with voice recognition is available. Using a 6.5-inch (165 mm), color, touch-screen display, the DVD-based system contains all the map data for the 48 contiguous states and most of Canada on one disc.

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