2008 Chevrolet Corvette Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

What’s not to like about the 2008 Chevrolet Corvette? Never has any car delivered on its performance promise with such ease and confidence for such an affordable price.

TheCarConnection.com's editors read the latest reviews on the new 2008 Chevrolet Corvette to write this comprehensive review. Experts from TheCarConnection.com also drove the standard Chevrolet Corvette, including the Z51 and Z06 models, and can offer driving impressions and details that add to your understanding of this iconic sportscar. This review also compares the 2008 Chevrolet Corvette with other vehicles in its class to give you the best advice even when other reviews present conflicting opinions.

Today, more than ever, speed comes easy. Evidence: The 2008 Chevrolet Corvette. Fittingly, it's the first place GM chose to put its new 430-horsepower V-8. Together, the new engine and the Gen VI Chevy Corvette make a total speed package capable of an honest and repeatable 190 mph. Yup, over three miles per minute is available for low monthly payments from your local Chevrolet dealer. Chevy expects to sell around 40,000 per year. Is this a great country or what? Far fewer of the ultra-high-performance 505-hp Corvette Z06 models will be sold, as this model is more expensive but delivers the ultimate in American performance.

So what do you actually get when you leave your Chevrolet dealer's lot in a new Corvette? Well, with the 2008 Chevrolet Corvette, you're actually getting (in Microsoft terms) a Generation 6.5 Vette. GM's sportscar got a midcycle refresh in 2007; along with the new 6.2-liter V-8 superseding the 6.0-liter engine, plenty of other revisions were made. The overall result: All it takes to go fast in this car is aiming and firing. Bragging rights are thus: 0-60 comes up in only 4.1 seconds with the new six-speed manual. Its throws are shorter, and the gearbox has a smoother mechanical feel. The reprogrammed and faster-shifting-for-2008 automatic transmission takes only two-tenths [of a second?] longer to dispatch the same task. Fifth gear takes you to 190 mph, a feat that consumes nearly three minutes and over eight miles. You get this performance with EPA estimated economy of 16 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, but you'll need to use sixth gear to hit those numbers.

Capable brakes burn off the speed. TheCarConnection.com's last ride was with a Z51-equipped Corvette coupe sporting cross-drilled rotors measuring 13.4 inches front, 13 inches rear. As it has been for almost a quarter century, the Corvette with the Z51 package get more aggressively tuned springs and dampers, larger bars, and upgraded tires. What hasn't always been part of the Z51 package was a livable ride. The first modern Z51-equipped cars (from 1984) rode so stiffly that they would knock your fillings out. The 2008 Chevrolet Corvette with the Z51 car could easily be a daily driver. The drawbacks are nil to those who don't mind a slightly stiffer ride than standard-issue C6.5s.

Steering feel on all standard 2008 Chevrolet Corvette models is up, thanks to an entirely new rack. This revision should quiet those who felt the previous steering system wasn't spot-on. We've put close to 1,000 miles on previous C6s and never felt the need to complain, but more feel is always welcome.

The only downside to the 2008 Chevrolet Corvette is the fact that it has a spotty reliability record. Paint, squeaks, rattles, and powertrain issues top the complaint lists.

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April 17, 2015
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The Chevrolet Corvette cannot be beat for the price!

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The Corvette has it all, style, performance, comfort and good, but not great fuel economy. I bought it new in spring of '08 and have driven it 40,000 miles since then. No problems at all, only expenses were... + More »
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May 14, 2017
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Grand Ride

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Beautiful car, stylish, very powerful, fit and finish are virtually perfect. It's more practical than you'd think in terms of storage and utility. The dealer loves to see it come in for service and treats me... + More »
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November 12, 2016
2017 Chevrolet Corvette 2-Door Stingray Z51 Convertible w/2LT

The Best bang for the buck in the world!!!

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The car can hang with cars 4x the price and be competitive. I have driven Ferrari's, Aston Martin, Porsches (including the 918), Lambo, Jaguar XK-R and it has nothing to apologize for. Of course I wish there... + More »
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June 7, 2016
2016 Chevrolet Corvette 2-Door Stingray Convertible w/2LT

2LT with many added options MRC, HUD, upgraded wheels, NaVet

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Just an awesome car: what an upgrade from previous models - a real alternative to other more expensive cars in this class. Only complaint: centre console should have more room for storage.
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November 19, 2015
2016 Chevrolet Corvette 2-Door Stingray Coupe w/2LT

2016 Corvette better than ever

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The performance, the styling, the quality inside and out, the handling, and the economy is great. I have had a C5, C6, and now C7 and they just keep getting better.
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November 10, 2015
2016 Chevrolet Corvette 2-Door Stingray Z51 Convertible w/3LT

Awesome car

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I smile every time I get into this car - it's awesome to drive - exciting, responsive, fast & gets great gas mileage! So I have a blast driving it and I can go almost 500 miles on a tank of gas.
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October 21, 2015
2016 Chevrolet Corvette 2-Door Stingray Coupe w/3LT

The best Corvette that I have ever owned, & I have owned 7 atarting with the ZR1. Perk

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This is the best corvette that I have ever owned. P Burnett
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October 6, 2015
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amazing value for a sports car

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August 23, 2015
2016 Chevrolet Corvette 2-Door Z06 Coupe w/2LZ

My 2016 ZO6

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The best sport car for your money! No sport car out there that is close to ZO6! I love it
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August 2, 2015
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Justb keeps getting better

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third time is the charm for me...awesome car and people are always stopping me to talk about it...
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