The Corvette's precise rack-and-pinion steering systemis revised to provide improved feel at all speeds. The revisions are dueto a new, premium machining process of the system's internal components,a new, stiffer intermediate shaft and controller calibration changes.
Corvette Coupe and Convertible models come with a newsplit-spoke wheel design for '08. The design was introduced on thelimited-edition '07 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car replicas with a SterlingSilver finish. The standard 18-inch front wheels and 19-inch rear wheelsfeature a Sparkle Silver finish, with a Competition Gray versionoptional.
Also new is a distinctive, performance-oriented forged aluminum wheelfor Coupe and Convertible. It comes in a polished finish.
There are two new premium exterior colors availablewith 2008 Corvette models: Jetstream Blue Metallic Tintcoat and CrystalRed Metallic Tintcoat; they replace Le Mans Blue Metallic and MontereyRed Metallic Tintcoat.
Custom Leather-Wrapped Interior Package
Available on Coupe,Convertible and Z06 models, the new Custom Leather-Wrapped InteriorPackage offers a stylish, two-tone leather-appointed cabin with detailsthat 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 passenger-side dash pad
* Embroidered crossed flags logo on headrests
* Unique center trim plate with Bias pattern.
All models feature a new wrapped instrumentpanel center trim plate, with bright surrounds for the shifter andcupholder. There are also new metal-finish door sill plates that greetpassengers as they step into the vehicle, as well as a new lightedcontrol knob for the available Magnetic Selective Ride Control.
Feature changes and enhancements - All Corvette models now come standardwith features that were previously optional or part of equipmentpackages. They include:
* OnStar with available Turn-By-Turn Navigation
* XM Satellite Radio
* Auto-dimming rearview mirrors (with compass)
* Audio input jack on all radio systems except navigation; PersonalAudio Link is available as a dealer-installed item with the navigationsystem.
The '08 Corvettes also come with a new Keyless Access fob, whichfeatures the key and remote-function controls integrated in a singleunit.
Corvette Design and Interior Details
Dramatic fender forms and exposed headlamps combine with the grille tocreate a strong visual identity for the Corvette, while the tapered reardeck and fascia improve high-speed performance. The lean rear designsports round taillamps and center-exit exhaust. The fixed Xenonhigh-intensity discharge headlamps provide superior lightingperformance. With a 0.286 coefficient of drag, the Coupe models are themost aerodynamic Corvettes ever.
The 2008 Corvette Convertible features a power-operated soft top withthe 3LT package; an easy-to-operate manual top is standard. Bothconfigurations use a five-layer fabric that conceals the underlyingstructure for a good top-up appearance, plus it helps preserve the car'sexcellent aerodynamics and reduces road noise.
Corvette's interior is inspired by the car's dual-cockpit heritage.High-quality materials, craftsmanship and functionality help deliverpremium quality meant to enhance performance driving. The instrumentpanel and doors are covered with cast-skin foam-in-place trim that lookslike a leather-wrapped, padded panel. It is warm and inviting and hasdouble the life of conventional trim materials.
An AM/FM/XM radio with CD player and audio input jack is standard. Anoptional Bose audio system with an in-dash six-disc changer adds to thechoices available to the audiophile owner. Steering-wheel mounted audiocontrols - introduced in '07 - are included with the Bose premiumsystem.
A full-function OnStar system is standard and an onboard navigationsystem with voice recognition is available. Using a 6.5-inch (165 mm)color touch-screen display, the DVD-based system contains all the mapdata for the 48 contiguous states and most of Canada on one disc.
Corvette Coupe and Convertible have a hydroformed steel rail backbonestructure, which features cored composite floors, an enclosed centertunnel, 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 GoodyearExtended Mobility Tires (EMT) take advantage of the latest sidewalldesign and compound technology for run-flat capabilities.
Three suspension choices allow drivers to choose the setup that bestsuits their driving style. The standard suspension is tuned for abalance of ride comfort and precise handling. Corvette is now morepoised at even higher handling levels, yet easier to drive.
The optional Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension featuresmagneto-rheological dampers able to detect road surfaces and adjust thedamping rates to those surfaces almost instantly for optimal ridecontrol. Cross-dilled brake rotors are included when this feature isselected, allowing customers to combine the larger brakes from the Z51performance package with the comfort of Magnetic Selective Ride Control.
The Z51 Performance Package brings Coupe and Convertible performancevery close to the widely admired previous generation Z06. The Z51 offersmore aggressive dampers and springs, larger stabilizer bars, GoodyearEagle F1 Supercar EMT tires, enhanced cooling and larger cross-drilledbrake rotors (13.4 inches / 340 mm in front and 13 inches / 330 mm inrear) for optimum track performance while still providing a comfortableride.
With each suspension, three standard dynamic chassis control systems -anti-lock braking, traction control and Active Handling - operate inconcert. In all, the dynamic chassis control systems are smarter, lessintrusive and more adept at making the total driving experienceprecisely what drivers have come to expect from their Corvette.